2021 Candidate for Mayor, Ward
Campaign Website: https://ruthannefuller.comBiographical statement
Mayor Ruthanne Fuller and her husband, Joe, have lived in Newton over twenty-six years, where they raised their sons – twins Mark and Chris, and David. She is now the proud grandmother of two grandchildren. Ruthanne is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Business School.
Questions and Answers
Question 1: What in your background prepares you to be effective in the political office you are seeking?
With eight years as a Councilor & four years as Mayor, including leading during a crisis (plus a Harvard MBA & a career in strategic planning), I have the skills and experience to continue delivering for Newtonians. I’ve forged strong relationships with employees, Councilors, Mayors. leaders at the MBTA, and more. I know how to effectively invest (e.g., $150 million in roads, sidewalks, parks, woods and infrastructure). We created Newton’s first ever Climate Action Plan so we know what to do next. I funded full-day Kindergarten for the first time in city history and ensured our City’s financial health so we are well positioned to do more.
Question 2: If you're elected, what will be your first priority? Why? How will you address your priority?
I will focus on the many challenges facing Newton:
Helping residents, restaurants, and retailers recover from COVID
Giving my full support to our students, teachers and the Newton Public Schools
Investing even more in better roads, a new Senior Center, Gath Pool, school buildings, athletic fields and more
Updating our zoning so that future development is what we want
Permitting more affordable housing
Leading on climate change
Institutionalizing diversity, equity and inclusion
Maintaining our Triple A bond rating
Providing frequent, transparent information
I am deeply optimistic that we will continue to make progress.
Question 3: How will you ensure that city employees work in a respectful, transparent, and accountable environment that has a strong performance management and development process?
NPD serves as a model of what we are undertaking across all our departments. Our new Police Chief and I are 100% committed to making Newton be safe and feel safe for everyone. We are doubling down on community policing that is fair, just, respectful, safe and effective. We are emphasizing non-biased policing and peer intervention with training; diversifying the police force; making officer behavior more transparent and accountable with information on complaints and internal investigations available to everyone through the POST process; surrounding our officers with much more training and development opportunities to nurture leadership skills.