Archives for November 4, 2017

LWVN strongly urges voters to say “yes” to the charter proposal

LWVN strongly endorses a YES vote on Tuesday in favor of the proposed new city charter.  

After many years of advocating for a smaller city council and a review of the city charter, as well as observing the Charter Commission in action, LWVN reviewed the proposal this past spring and overwhelmingly voted to support a YES vote.

While reducing the size of the City Council, the proposal also enables all Newton voters to vote for 100% of the City Council, increasing accountability of our elected officials.  Geographic representation is still an essential part of the proposed structure, with one Councilor elected at-large from each ward, and four elected at-large without residency requirements.

Other improvements include important procedural updates that bring our city charter in compliance with Massachusetts laws and a requirement for public comment at meetings of all Boards and Commissions.  Term limits are added for both City Council (16 years or 8 terms) and Mayor (12 years or 3 terms).

Remember, we are voting on this proposal only.  The docketed home-rule petition is NOT on the ballot and is not a guaranteed option.  We need to vote on the Charter Commission proposal on its own merits, and LWVN believes this will be a positive step forward for our city.

Plan your vote for this Tuesday–be informed!

The LWVN Voters’ Guide is available to everyone by going to, inputing your address and  then clicking on the green button until you see all the races you can vote in.  All candidates, whether in contested races or not, have been invited to participate in answering three questions.

Additionally, you can see Candidates’ Forums for 11 races, made by NewTV and LWVN.  You can go to NewTV. org and choose which ones to watch.

If you need a ride to your polling location, please contact us at or call 617-383-4598.

And don’t forget to vote…remember, democracy is not a spectator sport!

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