2021 Candidate for Councilor at Large, Ward 5
Campaign Website: http://www.andreae4newton.orgBiographical statement
Since 2011, I have been director of the Wastewater Advisory Committee to the MWRA. A community journalist by training, I reported for over 20 years. Elected to the Council in 2017, I am now Chair of the Public Safety & Transportation Committee.
Questions and Answers
Question 1: What in your background prepares you to be effective in the political office you are seeking?
I have the experience of both being on the council for 3+ years, working as an advocate for longer, and before that observing local government as a League member and a journalist. My research skills and curiosity are useful. Having good relationships with staff, colleagues and constituents helps move legislation forward. Also essential are the meeting moderation and management skills I acquired while a League member and Transportation Advisory Group chair. Being an effective newsletter writer adds transparency to our deliberations.
Question 2: If you're elected, what will be your first priority? Why? How will you address your priority?
Preparing Newton for the future.
1. Protecting our schools’ quality and attractiveness.
2. Fiscal stability, including repairing our roads and buildings–but ensuring that we incorporate needed changes (sustainability, durability, climate readiness, safety) in doing so. Also making it easier to open a small business here.
3. Community sustainability–finding ways to make Newton affordable to younger families, creating the physical and social structures for new connections, ensuring all our residents are safe and feel safe.
4. Adaptation to climate change–including flooding and heat.
Question 3: Please explain what diversity, equity, and inclusion mean to you. Why these are important to Newton?
A community that is not diverse, equitable and inclusive loses out. We need to be able to hear different points of view, ensure equal access and opportunity, and include voices that might be drowned out. If we don’t, we are more fragile, less sustainable over time, and weaker. For instance, our increasingly high cost of housing means that fewer of our police, fire, teaching and DPW staff live in or near the city. In a flood or snowstorm, how do they get to work? In coming to decisions, city government needs to hear from a wide range of residents to ensure all necessary information is before us.