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:
- 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.
- 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 who are either running for an open seat or who are in contested races 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 Day: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 (Preliminary election day - if needed - September but specific date not yet set).
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) - website
- 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
Ward 1 Councilor - contested election - one is elected by Ward 1 voters only:
- Allan Ciccone, Sr (D/is an NDCC member) is running for the open Ward Councilor seat in Ward 1
- Carolina Ventura (D/is an NDCC member) - website - is running for the open Ward Councilor seat in Ward 1
Ward 3 Councilor-at-large - possible contested election - two are elected citywide:
- Ted Hess-Mahan (D/is an NDCC member) incumbent currently serving
- Republican incumbent (NDCC does not list candidates/officials enrolled in the GOP) is running for re-election
- Potential unannounced candidate(s) running for councilor-at-large
Ward 5 Councilor at Large - possible contested election - 2 are elected:
- Deb Crossley (D/is an NDCC member) - website - incumbent seeking re-election
- Brian Yates (D/Is an NDCC member) - incumbent seeking re-election
- Andreae Downs (D) is running.
Ward 6 Councilor - one is elected by Ward 6 voters only
- Dick Blazar (D) is the incumbent councilor seeking re-election
- Brenda Noel (D) - website - is running for this position
Ward 7 Councilor at Large - open seat - one is elected:
- Becky Walker Grossman (D) - website - running for open at-large City Council seat from Ward 7
Candidates for School Committee:
Ward 3 - open seat, incumbent not running for final term:
- No announced candidates yet
Ward 7 - open seat, incumbent Matt Hills not running again due to term limit:
- Kathy Burdette Shields (D) - website - 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: