2021 Candidate for Ward Councilor, Ward 5
Campaign Website: https://wallerfornewton.org/Biographical statement
I have lived in Ward 5 for 27 years with my husband and our two children. I have a B.S. in Engineering from Cornell and an M.F.A. from Brandeis – and worked for 32 years in engineering and in financial risk management. I was V.P./ Director of Risk Analytics at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston.
Questions and Answers
Question 1: What in your background prepares you to be effective in the political office you are seeking?
My long career in mechanical engineering and in financial market risk has given me the ability to acquire, check, and present facts and data in an accessible and complete manner to all stakeholders. My specialty in Mechanical Engineering was the thermal stress and deformation of computer components. This field required both strong analytical ability and the patience to use large, often imperfect, data sets. In Financial Market Risk, I had to deal with many conflicting theories on valuation – as well as large, even more imperfect, data sets. I think this has made me both thorough and practical in trying to come up with solutions to problems.
Question 2: If you're elected, what will be your first priority? Why? How will you address your priority?
My first priority is the comprehensive rezoning ordinance that was submitted by the Planning Department to ZAP in 2018 – and has since been the subject of 37 meetings, 1100 PowerPoint slides and 5 drafts, with little real change. I am alarmed at the anti-resident/pro-developer content of the proposed code and the pressure that it puts on owners of smaller/older single-family homes to sell to builders of larger homes. If elected, I will do everything in my power to stop the Planning Department’s proposed rezoning and replace it with MODERATE zoning changes to our current code, changes that produce more affordable housing and fewer teardowns.
Question 3: How will you make your decision to vote on a proposal that positively affects Newton overall but seems less so for all or part of your ward?
I will make Ward 5’s constituent services my number one priority. I am also against large development projects and increased density in all of the wards, including Ward 5. Ward 5 is pretty diverse across its different areas in density, however. When it comes to city-wide proposals, I would be much more resistive to increased hardships in the denser parts of Ward 5.