Highlights from my last debate on 10/24

Development with a plan on Washington Street

Development with a plan on Washington Street part 2

Let’s have a non binding referendum on the proposed city wide building code

Area Councils Debate

NewTV Decision 2019: Pam Wright

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Newton grapples with an identity crisis — and the most hotly contested local elections in a generation

By John Hilliard Globe Correspondent,September 15, 2019, 8:07 p.m.120

Small shops along Washington Street in West Newton. A wave of development proposals has many residents concerned that the village character of the city could be threatened.
Small shops along Washington Street in West Newton. A wave of development proposals has many residents concerned that the village character of the city could be threatened.PAT GREENHOUSE/GLOBE STAFF/GLOBE STAFF

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NEWTON — Pamela Wright knows her city desperately needs more affordable housing — after all, the median house price in Newton is now nearly $1 million, making it increasingly unaffordable for many residents, particularly seniors.

But when she learned that proposed zoning rules would allow 10-story buildings that would dwarf the beloved small shops and old-school movie theater of nearby West Newton Square, Wright figured that was the wrong solution. Newton may be a city, she thought, but it has the heart of a town — or rather, 13 villages.

“We’re not a city like Boston, with the really tall buildings,” Wright said. “We have our distinct little villages, and yes we do need growth, we need development, but these heights that they’re proposing [are] out of character.”Get Metro Headlines in your inboxThe 10 top local news stories from metro Boston and around New England delivered daily.Sign Up

So Wright, 57, an engineer with three children, decided to run for City Council against two at-large incumbents. “I became frustrated and disillusioned with the city politics,’’ she said.

The full article can be found here.

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Taxpayer Talk on NewTV

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Common Ground with Ken Parker

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NewTV Candidate Forum

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Candidate Forum at Senior Center

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Also from the Boston Globe

RightSize Newton endorses candidates for City Council

By John Hilliard Globe Correspondent,September 11, 2019, 3:12 p.m.

RightSize Newton has endorsed eight candidates for Newton City Council.
RightSize Newton has endorsed eight candidates for Newton City Council. SUZANNE KREITER/GLOBE STAFF/GLOBE STAFF

A slate of eight candidates running for Newton City Council was endorsed Wednesday by RightSize Newton, a local organization that has been critical of the scale and pace of development in the city.

The group endorsed candidates in three at-large City Council races and in four local ward councilor contests.

“RightSize Newton believes that all these candidates will be thoughtful voices for moderate growth and will be advocates for slowing down the mega-projects proposed by developers and favored by some elected officials in Newton,” the group said in the statement.

At-large city councilors are elected by citywide vote, while each ward councilor is elected by residents of the ward they represent.

A total of 34 candidates are running for City Council in the Nov. 5 municipal election, including 23 people running in nine contested races.

RightSize Newton said that it based the endorsements on a survey of City Council candidates in July and August, the statement said.

In Ward 2, the organization backed at-large candidates Jennifer Bentley and Tarik Lucas, who are challenging incumbent at-large city councilors Susan Albright and Jake Auchincloss.

The group also backed at-large candidates Pamela Wright in Ward 3 and Paul Coletti in Ward 5.

Wright is running against incumbents Andrea Kelley and James Cote; Coletti is challenging at-large councilors Andreae Downs and Deborah Crossley.

In local ward races, RightSize Newton backed Ward 2 Councilor Emily Norton, who faces challenger Bryan Barash in the upcoming election.

RightSize Newton also endorsed Allan Ciccone Sr. in Ward 1; Julia Malakie in Ward 3; and Lisa Gordon in Ward 6.

Ciccone is running against current Ward 1 Councilor Maria Greenberg, while Gordon opposes incumbent Ward 6 Councilor Brenda Noel.

Malakie is running against fellow challenger Carolina Ventura to replace current Ward 3 Councilor Barbara Brousal-Glaser, who is not running for reelection.