Anne Larner

Candidate for Charter Commission

Newton resident 42 years; 3 children attended Newton Schools; longtime community activist  • MBA in Public Management • Professional: MBTA Advisory Board (fiscal watchdog agency) 15 years, 12 as Executive Director • More: AnneLarner.org • Help guide a community dialogue on the effectiveness, efficiency and transparency of Newton’s current governance and possible alternatives.

Questions and Answers

Question 1

What characteristics do you think are important in a charter commission member?

  • Record of working collaboratively
  • Experience interacting with Newton’s governing bodies and the public
  • Experience developing and implementing projects with firm deadlines
  • Comfort level with data analysis and critical review of research
  • Eagerness to listen and learn
  • Availability and willingness to devote the necessary time to the project
  • Track record of accomplishing goals and explaining proposals to constituencies

Question 2

What community involvement and/or experience would you bring to the charter commission?

  • Forty+ year Newton resident
  • 16 years on Newton School Committee (8 years Chair)
  • PTO President Peirce and Newton North
  • Vice President citywide PTO Council
  • Current Board Member (15 years) and past President of Historic Newton
  • Ward 3 Democratic Committee 35+ years
  • Worked collaboratively with 4 Newton mayors, many aldermen and school committee members. Facilitated constructive change, e.g., eliminating weekly Thursday early release from elementary schools
  • Helped develop and implement first Newton Serves

Question 3

What are the key areas of the charter you would like to see reviewed?

Commission should review all key elements: type of government (e.g., strong mayor vs. city manager), size of School Committee and Board of Aldermen, terms and term limits, duties and responsibilities. It should also examine specific areas brought to its attention by stakeholders where a convincing case is made that current charter language is a barrier to effective and timely action, citizen engagement, transparency, and fair and equal treatment of petitioners.

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