2021 Candidate for Councilor at Large, Ward 1
Campaign Website: https://www.alisonleary.com/Biographical statement
I am a lifelong Newton resident and a product of the Newton Public Schools. My husband Peter Mooradian have 2 children, Peter a senior at NNHS and Olivia a 2020 NNHS graduate currently attending Umass/Amherst. I am an avid birder, walker and biker and love the outdoors.
Questions and Answers
Question 1: What in your background prepares you to be effective in the political office you are seeking?
I served on the Ex Com of the Mass Sierra Club and the boards of the Newton Conservators and the Newton LWV. Professionally, I worked for 2 years as the Assoc. Director of the Community Preservation Coalition which advocates for the Community Preservation Act. I am a program manager for a social services nonprofit that serves people with disabilities. I have 8 years of experience as a city councilor and Chair the Public Facilities Committee. I have been effective with initiatives to reduce plastic waste and I support building more multifamily housing. I am the lead petitioner on the clean up of TCE contamination in groundwater in Nonantum.
Question 2: If you're elected, what will be your first priority? Why? How will you address your priority?
Zoning reform is a top priority for me because it has such an enormous impact on future development and because it is a critical tool in mitigating climate change.
Climate goals- A warming planet is the biggest threat to our future and we can see that the impacts are upon us now. We must implement the Climate Action Plan. We owe it to future generations to do everything we can to leave them a livable planet.
Infrastructure- Safe streets and sidewalks, maintaining and improving our underground utilities including water, sewer, stormwater and fixing leaky gas pipes are all very important to me, especially as Chair of Public Facilities.
Question 3: Please explain what diversity, equity, and inclusion mean to you. Why these are important to Newton?
It means a city welcoming and accessible to people of diverse incomes and ethnicities. It means a thoughtful approach to create affordable housing and to welcome minority owned businesses. Specifically, reduce the local preference and allow more multifamily housing to be built by right. I am a fan of triple deckers which once were a key component to create affordable housing for new immigrants. I support project Pop Up, a terrific incubator idea which supports micro and small businesses and underrepresented groups and minority owned entrepreneurs.