Your guide: Newton local elections

Keeping an eye on City Hall: On this page we will keep you posted on candidates for local office. This page will be updated as new candidates emerge.

Keeping an eye on City Hall: On this page we will keep you posted on candidates for local office. This page will be updated as new candidates emerge.

Care about the Democrats holding national and statewide office? We recommend focusing on municipal offices too. 2017 is an election year in Newton and here are two (of many) reasons why you should care:

  1. Today's city councilor, school committee member or mayor could be tomorrow's state legislator or executive office holder, or even a US Congressperson. Remember Scott Brown? He got his start on the Town of Wrentham Board of Selectmen.
     
  2. National issues are also discussed and voted on at the local level - in fact cities and towns can often drive policy change at the state and national level. For example: In Newton, in the last year, City Councilors and School Committee members have debated and voted on the charter school issue, collective bargaining rights, civil rights for transgender people, protecting immigrants from Trump and numerous environmental issues. Your voice locally carries weight and should not be left out. 

Below, please find candidates for local office in Newton. The NDCC has not endorsed any candidates in local races but strongly encourages you to reach out and ask questions of all candidates and office holders.

Newton Election Days:

  • Preliminary election: Tuesday, September 12

  • General Election: Tuesday, November 7

Candidates for Mayor:
(open seat, Mayor Warren is stepping down to run for Governor)

  • City Councilor from Ward 7 Ruthanne Fuller (D/is an NDCC member) -
  • City Councilor from Ward 1 Scott Lennon (D/is an NDCC member) - website

Candidates for City Council:

Ward 1 at-large - one seat is open - two are elected:

  • City Councilor Alison Leary (D) - website - currently holds the Ward Council seat - now is running for open at-large Council seat that is being vacated by Councilor Scott Lennon.
  • City Councilor Jay Ciccone, Jr (D/is an NDCC member) - incumbent seeking re-election
  • Nicole Castillo (D) - website - is running.
  • Janet Sterman (D) is running. Her NDCC membership status is under appeal at the state level after her Ward Committee revoked it by a 15-4 vote in May, 2017. 

Ward 1 Councilor - contested election - one is elected by Ward 1 voters only:

  • Maria Greenberg (D/is an NDCC member) - website - is running
  • A candidate who is unenrolled is running

    Ward 2 Councilor-at-large - contested election - two are elected:

    • Susan Albright (D/is an NDCC member) - websiteincumbent running for re-election
    • Jake Auchinchloss (D/ is an associate NDCC member) - website - incumbent running for re-election
    • A candidate who is a Republican is running as well

    Ward 2 Council (not contested) - 1 elected

    • Emily Norton (D/is an NDCC member) - website - running for re-election

    Ward 3 Councilor-at-large - incumbent Ted Hess-Mahan not seeking re-election - two elected

    • Andrea Kelley (D/is an NDCC member) - website - is running
    • Two non-Democrats are also running - a Republican incumbent and an unenrolled challenger (NDCC only lists candidates who are Democrats).

    Ward 3 Councilor (not contested) 1 elected

    • Barbara Brousal-Glaser (D) - website - is running for re-election

      Ward 4 Councilor at Large - Amy Sangiolo stepping down to run for Mayor - one open seat of two elected:

      • Lenny Gentile (D) - incumbent office holder
      • Josh Krintzman (D/Is an NDCC member) - website - is running

      Ward 4 Councilor - one is elected

      • Christopher Markiewicz (D/is an NDCC member) - website - is running.
      • Allison Sharma (D/is an NDCC member) - website - is running as a write-in candidate

      Ward 5 Councilor at Large - contested election - 2 are elected:

      • Deb Crossley (D/is an NDCC member) - website - incumbent seeking re-election
      • Brian Yates (D/Is an NDCC member) - website - incumbent seeking re-election
      • Andreae Downs (D) - website - is running.

      Ward 5 Councilor (not contested) - 1 is elected

      • John Rice (D/is an NDCC member) is running for re-election

      Ward 6 Councilor-at-large (not contested) - 2 are elected

      • Vicki Danberg (D/is an NDCC member) - website - is running for re-election
      • Greg Schwartz (D/is an NDCC member) is running for re-election

      Ward 6 Councilor - contested election - one is elected by Ward 6 voters only

      • Dick Blazar (D) - website - is the incumbent councilor seeking re-election
      • Brenda Noel (D/associate NDCC member) - website - is running for this position

      Ward 7 Councilor at Large - 2 seats, 1 open - two are elected:

      • Mark Laredo (D/is an NDCC member) - website - incumbent seeking re-election
      • Becky Walker Grossman (D/is an NDCC member) - website - running for open at-large City Council seat from Ward 7

      Ward 7 Councilor (not contested) - 1 is elected

      • R. Lisle Baker (D/is an NDCC member) - website - is running for re-election

      Ward 8 Councilor at Large - (not contested) 2 are elected

      • Rick Lipof (D/is an NDCC member) - website - incumbent seeking re-election
      • David Kalis (D/is an NDCC member) - website - incumbent seeking re-election

      Ward 8 Councilor (not contested) - 1 is elected

      • Cheryl Lappin (D/is an NDCC member) incumbent running for re-election

      Candidates for School Committee:

      Ward 1 School Committee member - contested election - open seat (Ellen Gibson stepping down) - one is elected

      • Kathy Marchi (D) - website - is running
      • Bridget Ray-Canada (D) - website - is running

      Ward 2 - contested election - one is elected:

      • Margaret Albright (D/is an NDCC member) - website - incumbent running for re-election
      • The other candidate in this race is enrolled as a Libertarian

      Ward 3 - open seat, incumbent not running for final term - contested election - one is elected:

      • Eileen Sandberg (D) - website - is running for this open seat.
      • Anping Shen (D) - website - is running for this open seat

      Ward 4 (Not contested)

      • Diana Fisher Gomberg (D/is an NDCC member) incumbent running for re-election

      Ward 5 (Not contested)

      • Steve Siegel (D/is an NDCC member) incumbent running for re-election

      Ward 6 (Not contested)

      • Ruth Goldman (D) incumbent running for re-election

      Ward 7 - open seat, incumbent Matt Hills not running again due to term limit:

      • Kathy Burdette Shields (D/is an NDCC member) - running for open at-large School Committee seat from Ward 7. 

      Ward 8 - contested election - one is elected - open seat, incumbent Margie Ross Decter not running again due to term limit:

      • Matthew Miller (D/is an NDCC member) - website - is running.
      • Gail Spector (D/is an NDCC member) - website - is running.