Municipal Elections 2019: Candidate Responses to Newton Dems Chair's Questionnaire

During municipal elections, Newton Dems members may nominate candidates for endorsement by the Newton Dems. Immediately below, please find our rules for endorsments. Further below, please find candidates’ responses to questions from the Newton Dems Chair.

Newton Dems Endorsement Rules

Newton Dems Endorsement Process as outlined in our by-laws

Article X.    Endorsements and Use of Party Name and Resources

Section 1. The City Committee may endorse and support only candidates who are registered Democrats in Democratic primaries, partisan elections, and non-partisan elections.

  1. To endorse a candidate; the Executive Committee must vote by a 90% vote which office to recommend to the membership to endorse. A different vote must be taken on each individual office to be considered. No vote shall be taken until after the filing deadline and withdrawal date for the office to be considered.

  2. For the purpose of endorsing at a membership meeting a quorum shall be 50 members.

  3. The membership must vote by 90% to accept the recommendation of the Executive Committee for an endorsement to be considered. A different vote must be taken on each individual office to be considered.

  4. Upon acceptance of the membership to endorse a particular office, the membership may then make nominations as to who they want to endorse. A minimum of 90% of the vote shall certify that candidate is endorsed by the Newton Democratic City Committee.

Massachusetts Democratic Party Charter statement on the purpose of local Democratic Committees:


Article Two Town, Ward and City Committees SECTION I. Functions of Local Committees Town, ward and city committees are the foundation of Party organization and have the closest contact with the people. The local committees shall conduct, according to duly established and recorded local by-laws, such activities as are suitable for a political organization; among which (without limitation) are: the endorsement of enrolled Democratic candidates in partisan and nonpartisan primaries, preliminaries and elections; financial support of the State Committee and Democratic nominees; the adoption of resolutions and platforms; the raising and disbursing of funds for political purposes; voter registration campaigns; and the calling of caucuses for the purpose of endorsing candidates, adopting resolutions, or conducting other Party business as provided for in the Call.

Candidate Responses to Questions that have been submitted thus far:

Candidate name and office sought: Susan Albright Councilor at Large Ward 2

1. Are you currently registered to vote as a Democrat? Yes

2. Are you a member of your Democratic ward committee? Yes

3. Were you ever registered to vote as a Republican, other party or as unenrolled?

Yes. If yes, please identify which party or unenrolled, explain why and for how

long, and why you are now seeking the endorsement of the Newton Democratic

Party:

I have both been registered as a Democrat and unenrolled. For the last 24 years I

have been a registered Democrat.

4. Have you ever worked as a volunteer on a Democratic political campaign? If yes,

which campaigns and what was/were your role(s)?

I volunteered for Eugene McCarthy in 1968 and George Mcgovern in 1972. I supported

Birmingham for Governor in the 90s. I volunteered for Al Gore in 2000. I worked for

Howard Dean and then John Kerry in 2004. I volunteered for Al Gore in 2000. I

volunteered for Hillary in 2008 and 2016. I volunteered for Jay Gonzales in the last Gov

race. I volunteered for Deb Goldberg in two of her campaigns – the unsuccessful one

and the successful one. I supported Steve Grossman in his bid for Governor. I’ve

phone banked for candidates too numerous to count all over the country.

5. Have you ever voted for, donated to or volunteered for a political candidate who

was running against a Democratic Party nominee? If yes, please let us know

which candidate(s), how you supported the campaign(s) and why.

No

6. The Newton Dems have adopted policy positions. Do you agree with the

following positions that we have adopted? Please write “agree” next to each item

you support.

a. No on 2016 Statewide Ballot Question 2-Charter Schools agree

b. No on outsourcing the Newton Public Schools Custodians agree

c. $15 minimum wage, paid family medical leave and the Fair Share

Amendment. agree

d. Yes for ROE Act agree

e. Yes for Medicare for All I’m for universal health care but not medicare for

all – whatever that means – it means something different to everyone.

f. Yes for MA Safe Communities Act yes

g. Yes for the Newton Welcoming Cities ordinance YES

h. Yes for access to affordable housing in Newton-click here to see our

statement YES

i. Yes for protecting the rights of LGBTQ people YES

j. Yes for “Full support of and full funding for, METCO” YES

k. Yes for “Campaign spending by corporate political action committees is

not healthy for local democracy...Businesses with profit vested in the

outcome of local elections should not be campaigning in Newton.” YES

Candidate name and office sought: Bryan Barash, Ward 2 Ward Councilor

  1. Are you currently registered to vote as a Democrat? Yes

  2. Are you a member of your Democratic ward committee? Yes, I am also a Democratic State Committee member

  3. Were you ever registered to vote as a Republican, other party or as unenrolled? No. 

  4. Have you ever worked as a volunteer on a Democratic political campaign? If yes, which campaigns and what was/were your role(s)? Yes, many campaigns. Obama 2008 (2007, Chicago), Tom Udall for Senate (2008, New Mexico), Joe Kennedy for Congress(2010, ever since), Obama 2012, Warren Tolman for Attorney General (2012), Steve Grossman for Governor (Primary, 2012), Martha Coakley for Governor (General, 2012), Elizabeth Warren for Senate (2012, 2018), Ed Markey for Senate (2013, 2014), Clinton 2016, Jay Gonzalez for Governor (2018), Beto O’Rourke for Senate (2018).

Professionally, I work for Democratic State Senator Harriette Chandler. 

  1. Have you ever voted for, donated to or volunteered for a political candidate who was running against a Democratic Party nominee? No.

  2. The Newton Dems have adopted policy positions. Do you agree with the following positions that we have adopted? Please write “agree” next to each item you support.

    1. No on 2016 Statewide Ballot Question 2-Charter Schools - Agree, volunteered

    2. No on outsourcing the Newton Public Schools Custodians - Agree, volunteered

    3. $15 minimum wage, paid family medical leave and the Fair Share Amendment. - Agree, volunteered

    4. Yes for ROE Act - Agree, helped author the legislation

    5. Yes for Medicare for All - Agree

    6. Yes for MA Safe Communities Act - Agree

    7. Yes for the Newton Welcoming Cities ordinance - Agree, volunteered

    8. Yes for access to affordable housing in Newton-click here to see our statement - Agree, volunteered

    9. Yes for protecting the rights of LGBTQ people - Agree, board member of Bay State Stonewall Democrats

    10. Yes for “Full support of and full funding for, METCO” - Agree

Yes for “Campaign spending by corporate political action committees is not healthy for local democracy...Businesses with profit vested in the outcome of local elections should not be campaigning in Newton.” - Agree

Candidate name and office sought: 

Jennifer Bentley, City Council Ward 2, At Large

Are you currently registered to vote as a Democrat? Yes, ever since I turned 18!! I have always

been and will always be a Democrat. I have voted in every Democratic primary and election in

Newton since moving here over a decade ago.

1. Are you a member of your Democratic ward committee? Yes – I was voted in as an

Associate member of the Ward 2 Dems

2. Were you ever registered to vote as a Republican, other party or as unenrolled? NO!!!

As covered in my first answer I have been a democrat since 1991. Despite the fact that

I am married to a former Republican, now Independent, I have never wavered from the

national Democratic party and its ideology. Despite fully registered Democrats, I never

believed in the Republican rhetoric. In addition, I am also raising my daughters to be

outspoken Democrats, believing that you must have a balance between individual

liberty, social justice and the common good.

3. Have you ever worked as a volunteer on a Democratic political campaign? If yes, which

campaigns and what was/were your role(s)? No, but I have donated to several national

Democratic campaigns in the past.

4. Have you ever voted for, donated to or volunteered for a political candidate who was

running against a Democratic Party nominee? If yes, please let us know which

candidate(s), how you supported the campaign(s) and why. Yes…my husband who ran

for Newton City Council in 2017 because I believed in his ideas for Newton and I am a

supportive wife. But other than him, never.

5. The Newton Dems have adopted policy positions. Do you agree with the following

positions that we have adopted? Please write “agree” next to each item you support.

a. No on 2016 Statewide Ballot Question 2-Charter Schools - Agree

b. No on outsourcing the Newton Public Schools Custodians - Agree

c. $15 minimum wage, paid family medical leave and the Fair Share Amendment. -

Agree

d. Yes for ROE Act – As the mother of 2 daughters, Absolutely!

e. Yes for Medicare for All - Agree

f. Yes for MA Safe Communities Act - Agree   

g. Yes for the Newton Welcoming Cities ordinance - Agree

h. Yes for access to affordable housing in Newton-click here to see our statement –

Agree (and we should be asking for a higher percentage of affordable/workforce

units in these large developments)

i. Yes for protecting the rights of LGBTQ people – Absolutely Agree

j. Yes for “Full support of and full funding for, METCO” - Agree

k. Yes for “Campaign spending by corporate political action committees is not

healthy for local democracy...Businesses with profit vested in the outcome of

local elections should not be campaigning in Newton.” - Agree

Alicia Bowman
Newton City Council Ward 6 At-Large: 

  1. Are you currently registered to vote as a Democrat? Yes or No
    Yes I am currently registered as a Democrat

  2. Are you a member of your Democratic ward committee? Yes or No
    Yes I am a member of the Ward 6 Democratic Committee

  3. Were you ever registered to vote as a Republican, other party or as unenrolled? Yes or No. If yes, please identify which party or unenrolled, explain why and for how long, and why you are now seeking the endorsement of the Newton Democratic Party:
    I have been registered as unenrolled since moving to Massachusetts in 1992 despite being a lifelong Democrat.  Given the opportunity to vote against a horrible Republican candidate in the primary was always my motivation and over my many years here I have occasionally done just that. Interestingly enough, when the primary with the worst Republican candidate of my lifetime happened, I chose a democratic primary ballot so I could vote for Hillary Clinton. I am now registered officially as a democrat.

  4. Have you ever worked as a volunteer on a Democratic political campaign? If yes, which campaigns and what was/were your role(s)?  I helped collect signatures for Representative Kennedy.  I did GOTV efforts (calling and lit drop) for the Dems in Newton in 2016 and 2017.  

  5. Have you ever voted for, donated to or volunteered for a political candidate who was running against a Democratic Party nominee? If yes, please let us know which candidate(s), how you supported the campaign(s) and why. No.  I have only ever supported Democratic candidates.

  6. The Newton Dems have adopted policy positions. Do you agree with the following positions that we have adopted? Please write “agree” next to each item you support.

    1. No on 2016 Statewide Ballot Question 2-Charter Schools AGREE

    2. No on outsourcing the Newton Public Schools Custodians  AGREE

    3. $15 minimum wage, paid family medical leave and the Fair Share Amendment.  AGREE

    4. Yes for ROE Act  AGREE

    5. Yes for Medicare for All  AGREE

    6. Yes for MA Safe Communities Act  AGREE

    7. Yes for the Newton Welcoming Cities ordinance  AGREE

    8. Yes for access to affordable housing in Newton-click here to see our statement  AGREE

    9. Yes for protecting the rights of LGBTQ people  AGREE

    10. Yes for “Full support of and full funding for, METCO”  AGREE

Yes for “Campaign spending by corporate political action committees is not healthy for local democracy...Businesses with profit vested in the outcome of local elections should not be campaigning in Newton.” AGREE

Rena Getz for Ward 5 Councilor

Responses above are from Rena getz

Responses above are from Rena getz

Responses by Maria Scibelli Greenberg candidate for re-election City Council Ward 1

  1. Are you currently registered to vote as a Democrat? Yes

  2. Are you a member of your Democratic ward committee?  Yes

  3. Were you ever registered to vote as a Republican, other party or as unenrolled? No

 If yes, please identify which party or unenrolled, explain why and for how long, and why you are now seeking the endorsement of the Newton Democratic Party:

  1. Have you ever worked as a volunteer on a Democratic political campaign? If yes, which campaigns and what was/were your role(s)?  Yes

B.Clinton, Obama sign holding voter out reach. H Clinton get out the vote calling, sign holding, monetary contributions

  1. Have you ever voted for, donated to or volunteered for a political candidate who was running against a Democratic Party nominee? If yes, please let us know which candidate(s), how you supported the campaign(s) and why. No

  2. The Newton Dems have adopted policy positions. Do you agree with the following 

         positions that we have adopted? Please write “agree” next to each item you support.

  1. No on 2016 Statewide Ballot Question 2-Charter Schools Agree

  2. No on outsourcing the Newton Public Schools Custodians Agree

  3. $15 minimum wage, paid family medical leave and the Fair Share Amendment.Agree

  4. Yes for ROE Act Agree

  5. Yes for Medicare for All Agree

  6. Yes for MA Safe Communities Act Agree

  7. Yes for the Newton Welcoming Cities ordinance Agree

  8. Yes for access to affordable housing in Newton Agree-click here to see our statement

  9. Yes for protecting the rights of LGBTQ people Agree

  10. Yes for “Full support of and full funding for, METCO” Agree

  11. Yes for “Campaign spending by corporate political action committees is not healthy for local democracy...Businesses with profit vested in the outcome of local elections should not be campaigning in Newton.” Agree

Candidate name and office sought: Bill Humphrey, Ward 5 Councilor

1) Are you currently registered to vote as a Democrat? Yes

2) Are you a member of your Democratic ward committee? Yes

3) Were you ever registered to vote as a Republican, other party or as unenrolled? NO

If yes, please identify which party or unenrolled, explain why and for how long, and

why you are now seeking the endorsement of the Newton Democratic Party:

4) Have you ever worked as a volunteer on a Democratic political campaign? Yes If yes, which

campaigns and what was/were your role(s)? I did organizing, field volunteering, or

interning on at least half a dozen campaigns in Delaware and I volunteered for

statewide & federal Dem campaigns in MA from 2013-2018 (Markey, Tolman,

Coordinated 2014, Coordinated 2018), and I’ve gone to NH for presidential general

elections.

5) Have you ever voted for, donated to or volunteered for a political candidate who was

running against a Democratic Party nominee? NO If yes, please let us know which

candidate(s), how you supported the campaign(s) and why.

6) The Newton Dems have adopted policy positions. Do you agree with the following

positions that we have adopted? Please write “agree” next to each item you support.

a) No on 2016 Statewide Ballot Question 2-Charter Schools - Agree

b) No on outsourcing the Newton Public Schools Custodians- Agree

c) $15 minimum wage, paid family medical leave and the Fair Share Amendment. -

Agree

d) Yes for ROE Act- Agree

e) Yes for Medicare for All- Agree

f) Yes for MA Safe Communities Act- Agree

g) Yes for the Newton Welcoming Cities ordinance- Agree

h) Yes for access to affordable housing in Newton-click here to see our statement -

Agree

i) Yes for protecting the rights of LGBTQ people- Agree

j) Yes for “Full support of and full funding for, METCO” - Agree

k) Yes for “Campaign spending by corporate political action committees is not

healthy for local democracy...Businesses with profit vested in the outcome of

local elections should not be campaigning in Newton.” - Agree

Candidate name and office sought: Andrea Kelley, City Councilor, At-large from Ward 2

1. Are you currently registered to vote as a Democrat? Yes

2. Are you a member of your Democratic ward committee? Yes (Ward 3!)

3. Were you ever registered to vote as a Republican, other party or as unenrolled?

No. (was unenrolled after college)

4. Have you ever worked as a volunteer on a Democratic political campaign? If yes,

which campaigns and what was/were your role(s)? Was campaign manager for a

democratic local City Councilor and a Mayor, but it was a non partisan election.

5. Have you ever voted for, donated to or volunteered for a political candidate who

was running against a Democratic Party nominee? No.

6. The Newton Dems have adopted policy positions. Do you agree with the

following positions that we have adopted? Please write “agree” next to each item

you support.

a. No on 2016 Statewide Ballot Question 2-Charter Schools

b. No on outsourcing the Newton Public Schools Custodians- agree

c. $15 minimum wage, paid family medical leave and the Fair Share

Amendment.- agree

d. Yes for ROE Act- agree

e. Yes for Medicare for All - agree

f. Yes for MA Safe Communities Act  - agree

g. Yes for the Newton Welcoming Cities ordinance - agree

h. Yes for access to affordable housing in Newton-click here to see our

statement - agree

i. Yes for protecting the rights of LGBTQ people - agree

j. Yes for “Full support of and full funding for, METCO”- agree

k. Yes for “Campaign spending by corporate political action committees is

not healthy for local democracy...Businesses with profit vested in the

outcome of local elections should not be campaigning in Newton.”- agree

Candidate name and office sought:

Candidate name and office sought: Julia Malakie, Ward Councilor Ward 3

Are you currently registered to vote as a Democrat? No

i. Are you a member of your Democratic ward committee? No

ii. Were you ever registered to vote as a Republican, other party or as unenrolled? No to

Republican, have always been Independent/Unenrolled. If yes, please identify which

party or unenrolled, explain why and for how long, and why you are now seeking the

endorsement of the Newton Democratic Party: I support Democratic Party positions on

most issues, particularly on “social” issues, but have preferred to be what is now called

“Unenrolled” to ensure I can vote in whichever primary I most care about the outcome.

I also like diversity of opinions, and believe single-party monopolies are not in the public

interest. I would welcome the endorsement of both the Newton Democrats and Newton

Republicans, because I believe we were better off when municipal elections were non-

party partisan. I remember Mayor Mann.

iii. Have you ever worked as a volunteer on a Democratic political campaign? No. (The

Lowell Sun, my employer, does not allow us to publicly support candidates in races we

cover, including state and national.) If yes, which campaigns and what was/were your

role(s)?

iv. Have you ever voted for, donated to or volunteered for a political candidate who was

running against a Democratic Party nominee? If yes, please let us know which

candidate(s), how you supported the campaign(s) and why. Voted for Weld over Pierce

in the primary, and Weld over Silver in the general election, primarily due to positions on

reproductive choice. Also voted for Paul Cellucci, because he was a decent and capable

person, and in a state so dominated by the Democratic Party, I believe good Republicans

should be supported.

v. The Newton Dems have adopted policy positions. Do you agree with the following

positions that we have adopted? Please write “agree” next to each item you support.

i. No on 2016 Statewide Ballot Question 2-Charter Schools Disagree - working in

Lowell, I’ve seen how much it means to many lower income and immigrant

families to have the choice of a charter school.

ii. No on outsourcing the Newton Public Schools Custodians Agree.

iii. $15 minimum wage, paid family medical leave and the Fair Share Amendment.

Agree

iv. Yes for ROE Act Agree

v. Yes for Medicare for All Agree

vi. Yes for MA Safe Communities Act Agree

vii. Yes for the Newton Welcoming Cities ordinance Agree

viii. Yes for access to affordable housing in Newton-click here to see our statement

Disagree with the statement. The cost of housing in Newton and EMass reflects

our desirability as a place to live. Advertised rents for 28 Austin St (e.g.

$3,400/1BR, over $5,000/2BR) are just the latest evidence of the false promise

that building new units will make Newton more affordable.

ix. Yes for protecting the rights of LGBTQ people Agree

x. Yes for “Full support of and full funding for, METCO” Agree

xi. Yes for “Campaign spending by corporate political action committees is not

healthy for local democracy...Businesses with profit vested in the outcome of

local elections should not be campaigning in Newton.” Agree

Candidate name and office sought: Chris Markiewicz, City Councilor, Ward 4 Ward Councilor 

1) Are you currently registered to vote as a Democrat? Yes or No Yes 

2) Are you a member of your Democratic ward committee? Yes or No No, when schedule permits I do attend Ward meetings. Ward meeting often conflict with Newton Land Use meetings, and I serve on that committee 

3) Were you ever registered to vote as a Republican, other party or as unenrolled? Yes or No. If yes, please identify which party or unenrolled, explain why and for how long, and why you are now seeking the endorsement of the Newton Democratic Party: No4) Have you ever worked as a volunteer on a Democratic political campaign? If yes, which campaigns and what was/were your role(s)? Yes, I canvassed for George McGovern, Dennis Kucinich ( for Mayor of Cleveland ) and Jimmy Carter. 

5) Have you ever voted for, donated to or volunteered for a political candidate who was running against a Democratic Party nominee? If yes, please let us know which candidate(s), how you supported the campaign(s) and why. No6) The Newton Dems have adopted policy positions. Do you agree with the following positions that we have adopted? Please write “agree” next to each item you support. 

a) No on 2016 Statewide Ballot Question 2-Charter Schools Agree 

b) No on outsourcing the Newton Public Schools Custodians Strongly agree 

c) $15 minimum wage, paid family medical leave and the Fair Share Amendment. Strongly Agree 

d) Yes for ROE Act Strongly Agree 

e) Yes for Medicare for All Yes, but recognize that the way this gets implemented may look different from how Medicare works today for over 65 people 

f) Yes for MA Safe Communities Act Yes 

g) Yes for the Newton Welcoming Cities ordinance Yes 

h) Yes for access to affordable housing in Newton- click here to see our statement Yes, I reviewed the statement and agree 

i) Yes for protecting the rights of LGBTQ people Strongly Agree 

j) Yes for “Full support of and full funding for, METCO” Yes, not as informed on all aspects of METCO, but I support and agree with the rationale behind this type of initiative 

k) Yes for “Campaign spending by corporate political action committees is not healthy for local democracy...Businesses with profit vested in the outcome of local elections should not be campaigning in Newton.” Yes, Amen.

Brenda Noel, Ward Councilor, Ward 6

  1. Are you currently registered to vote as a Democrat? Yes 

  2. Are you a member of your Democratic ward committee? Yes 

  3. Were you ever registered to vote as a Republican, other party or as unenrolled? No

  4.  If yes, please identify which party or unenrolled, explain why and for how long, and why you are now seeking the endorsement of the Newton Democratic Party:

  5. Have you ever worked as a volunteer on a Democratic political campaign? If yes, which campaigns and what was/were your role(s)? 

Yes- I volunteered for the statewide democratic committee in the 90’s,and worked on Steve Kerrigan and Jimmy Tingle’s Lieutenant Governor’s campaign, door knocked for the rights of transgender folks ballot question in summer 2018.

  1. Have you ever voted for, donated to or volunteered for a political candidate who was running against a Democratic Party nominee? If yes, please let us know which candidate(s), how you supported the campaign(s) and why. No- 

  2. The Newton Dems have adopted policy positions. Do you agree with the following positions that we have adopted? Please write “agree” next to each item you support.

    1. No on 2016 Statewide Ballot Question 2-Charter Schools AGREE

    2. No on outsourcing the Newton Public Schools Custodians AGREE

    3. $15 minimum wage, paid family medical leave and the Fair Share Amendment. AGREE

    4. Yes for ROE Act AGREE

    5. Yes for Medicare for All AGREE

    6. Yes for MA Safe Communities Act AGREE

    7. Yes for the Newton Welcoming Cities ordinance AGREE

    8. Yes for access to affordable housing in Newton-click here to see our statement AGREE

    9. Yes for protecting the rights of LGBTQ people. AGREE

    10. Yes for “Full support of and full funding for, METCO” AGREE

    11. Yes for “Campaign spending by corporate political action committees is not healthy for local democracy...Businesses with profit vested in the outcome of local elections should not be campaigning in Newton.” AGREE

Emily Norton for Ward 2 Councilor 

Candidate name and office sought: 

1. Are you currently registered to vote as a Democrat? 

Yes 2. Are you a member of your Democratic ward committee? 

Yes 3. Were you ever registered to vote as a Republican, other party or as unenrolled? 

Independent 1986-1996. As a student at University of Vermont I supported candidates in the Progressive Party, which was the party of Burlington Mayor Bernie Sanders. Democrat 1996 – present Seeking endorsement of Newton Dems because I have been a longtime Democrat voter and activist, and believe in the ideals and values of the Democratic Party. 4. Have you ever worked as a volunteer on a Democratic political campaign? 

Yes: Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Obama, Kerry, Bill Clinton; US Senate Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey; US Rep Joe Kennedy; gubernatorial candidates Shannon O’Brien, Deval Patrick, Martha Coakley, Jay Gonzalez; Lt Gov candidate Andrea Silbert; AG Maura Healey; MA State Rep candidates Ruth Balser, Tommy Vitolo, Segun Idowu; State Senate candidates Cindy Creem, Jamie Eldridge. 5. If yes, which campaigns and what was/were your role(s)? Knocked on doors, made 

calls, held signs, donated. 6. Have you ever voted for, donated to or volunteered for a political candidate who was 

running against a Democratic Party nominee? If yes, please let us know which candidate(s), how you supported the campaign(s) and why. I donated to the campaign of a woman who was running to eliminate the toll on the Mass Pike – as it was only supposed to pay for the Pike and then be ended but it has not been -- but I forget her name and what position she was running for. 7. The Newton Dems have adopted policy positions. Do you agree with the following 

positions that we have adopted? Please write “agree” next to each item you support. 

a. No on 2016 Statewide Ballot Question 2-Charter Schools b. No on outsourcing the Newton Public Schools Custodians AGREE c. $15 minimum wage, paid family medical leave and the Fair Share Amendment. d. Yes for ROE Act AGREE e. Yes for Medicare for All AGREE f. Yes for MA Safe Communities Act AGREE g. Yes for the Newton Welcoming Cities ordinance AGREE AND LED ON GETTING IT 

PASSED h. Yes for access to affordable housing in Newton-click here to see our statement THE STATEMENT DIDN’T OPEN FOR ME BUT I HAVE LED ON CREATING MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN NEWTON INCLUDING ACCESSORY APARTMENT ORDINANCE i. Yes for protecting the rights of LGBTQ people AGREE j. Yes for “Full support of and full funding for, METCO” AGREE k. Yes for “Campaign spending by corporate political action committees is not 

healthy for local democracy...Businesses with profit vested in the outcome of local elections should not be campaigning in Newton.” AGREE

Candidate name and office sought: GREG SCHWARTZ, CITY COUNCILOR AT LARGE WARD 6

1) Are you currently registered to vote as a Democrat? YES

2) Are you a member of your Democratic ward committee? YES

3) Were you ever registered to vote as a Republican, other party or as unenrolled? NO. If

yes, please identify which party or unenrolled, explain why and for how long, and why

you are now seeking the endorsement of the Newton Democratic Party:

4) Have you ever worked as a volunteer on a Democratic political campaign? YES. If yes,

which campaigns and what was/were your role(s)? Clinton 2016 New Hampshire door

knocking prior to general election; Obama 2016 - same; 2004 Kerry and 2000 Gore

same. Multiple Massachusetts elections (governors O’Brien, Patrick, Coakley):

canvassing.

5) Have you ever voted for, donated to or volunteered for a political candidate who was

running against a Democratic Party nominee? NO. If yes, please let us know which

candidate(s), how you supported the campaign(s) and why.

6) The Newton Dems have adopted policy positions. Do you agree with the following

positions that we have adopted? Please write “agree” next to each item you support.

a) No on 2016 Statewide Ballot Question 2-Charter Schools - AGREE

b) No on outsourcing the Newton Public Schools Custodians - AGREE

c) $15 minimum wage, paid family medical leave and the Fair Share Amendment.

- AGREE

d) Yes for ROE Act - AGREE

e) Yes for Medicare for All - AGREE

f) Yes for MA Safe Communities Act - AGREE

g) Yes for the Newton Welcoming Cities ordinance - AGREE

h) Yes for access to affordable housing in Newton-click here to see our statement

- AGREE

i) Yes for protecting the rights of LGBTQ people - AGREE

j) Yes for “Full support of and full funding for, METCO” - AGREE

k) Yes for “Campaign spending by corporate political action committees is not

healthy for local democracy...Businesses with profit vested in the outcome of

local elections should not be campaigning in Newton.” - AGREE

Candidate name and office sought: Becky Walker Grossman 

Newton City Councilor-at-Large, Ward 7 1) Are you currently registered to vote as a Democrat? Yes or No 

Yes 2) Are you a member of your Democratic ward committee? Yes or No 

Yes 3) Were you ever registered to vote as a Republican, other party or as unenrolled? Yes or No. If 

yes, please identify which party or unenrolled, explain why and for how long, and why you are now seeking the endorsement of the Newton Democratic Party: No 4) Have you ever worked as a volunteer on a Democratic political campaign? If yes, which 

campaigns and what was/were your role(s)? Yes – I played a leadership role on my father-in-law Steve Grossman’s campaign for State Treasurer. I served as Director of Operations. 5) Have you ever voted for, donated to or volunteered for a political candidate who was running 

against a Democratic Party nominee? If yes, please let us know which candidate(s), how you supported the campaign(s) and why. No, except that when I was in college in 2001, I once supported a friend and fellow student in a local election for an Ithaca Common Council seat that had been vacated in the middle of a term. My friend, who had always voted as a Democrat, ran against another student Democrat who otherwise would have been unopposed in a one-month race. I believe under New York’s election law, my friend had to affiliate with a newly created party designation in order to qualify for the ballot, and he went on to win the election. 

6) The Newton Dems have adopted policy positions. Do you agree with the following positions 

that we have adopted? Please write “agree” next to each item you support. a) No on 2016 Statewide Ballot Question 2-Charter Schools Agree b) No on outsourcing the Newton Public Schools Custodians Agree c) $15 minimum wage, paid family medical leave and the Fair Share Amendment. Agree d) Yes for ROE Act Agree e) Yes for Medicare for All Agree f) Yes for MA Safe Communities Act Agree g) Yes for the Newton Welcoming Cities ordinance Agree h) Yes for access to affordable housing in Newton-click here to see our statement Agree i) Yes for protecting the rights of LGBTQ people Agree j) Yes for “Full support of and full funding for, METCO” Agree k) Yes for “Campaign spending by corporate political action committees is not healthy for 

local democracy...Businesses with profit vested in the outcome of local elections should not be campaigning in Newton.” Agree

Pamela Wright Ward 3 Councilor at Large candidate

Candidate name and office sought:

1) Are you currently registered to vote as a Democrat? Yes or No No

2) Are you a member of your Democratic ward committee? Yes or No No

3) Were you ever registered to vote as a Republican, other party or as unenrolled? Yes or No. Yes If yes, please identify which party or unenrolled, explain why and for how long, and why you are now seeking the endorsement of the Newton Democratic Party: I’ve been unenrolled for as long as I can remember. Although I have always voted Democratic in general elections, I remain unenrolled as a strategic decision. I want my vote to count where it is needed. I’ve voted twice in Republican primaries when the other Republican was a very scary individual who I believe would make the world a much worse place. I voted for Weld in the governor's race against Pierce. In the general election, I voted for Silber. I voted for Kasich in the presidential primary against Trump and voted for Clinton in the general election. I am a staunch supporter of Democratic values and policies. I am seeking your endorsement as it would be a great benefit to my campaign against a Republican. This would allow me to further our shared political goals at the city level.

4) Have you ever worked as a volunteer on a Democratic political campaign? If yes, which campaigns and what was/were your role(s)? No

5) Have you ever voted for, donated to or volunteered for a political candidate who was running against a Democratic Party nominee? If yes, please let us know which candidate(s), how you supported the campaign(s) and why. No.

6) The Newton Dems have adopted policy positions. Do you agree with the following positions that we have adopted? Please write “agree” next to each item you support.

a) No on 2016 Statewide Ballot Question 2-Charter Schools. Agree

b) No on outsourcing the Newton Public Schools Custodians. Agree

c) $15 minimum wage, paid family medical leave and the Fair Share Amendment. Agree

d) Yes for ROE Act. Agree

e) Yes for Medicare for All. Agree but that should be a long term goal. In order to win the presidential election we need to take small steps and beef up Obamacare in the short term, then move to Medicare for All after getting majorities in both houses of congress.

f) Yes for MA Safe Communities Act. Agree

g) Yes for the Newton Welcoming Cities ordinance. Agree

h) Yes for access to affordable housing in Newton-click here to see our statement. Agree

i) Yes for protecting the rights of LGBTQ people. Agree

j) Yes for “Full support of and full funding for, METCO”. Agree

k) Yes for “Campaign spending by corporate political action committees is not healthy for local democracy...Businesses with profit vested in the outcome of local elections should not be campaigning in Newton.” Agree