2021 Candidate for Councilor at Large, Ward 2
Campaign Website: http://susanalbright.orgBiographical statement
I grew up in Newton going through Newton Schools. Studied aTufts University & Urban Planning at New York University. I developed an innovative educational technology for medical education. My two grown sons are making their way through life. Served 8 yrs on the School Committee and 18 on Council.
Questions and Answers
Question 1: What in your background prepares you to be effective in the political office you are seeking?
I grew up in a home where public service was the norm. I’m fortunate to have had two careers after studying urban planning in grad school; career one was planning statewide services for developmentally disabled people and career two using technology to enhance the functions of an academic health center. These provided lots of knowledge for the generalist job that is a City Councilor’s work. Being a mom and head of the household helps as well. Ability to search all sides of an issue, listen to all points of view, and have the strength to lead are things I pride myself on. I’m not afraid to combat mistruths.
Question 2: If you're elected, what will be your first priority? Why? How will you address your priority?
I will continue my quest to make the work of the Council transparent to all. For the first time you can view Committee meetings on zoom. As we go back to meetings in City Hall we will use our brand new hybrid equipment so that residents can still view Committee meetings from home and give residents the opportunity to give feedback from time to time. I want to complete the “Docket Database” that will be game changing in terms of knowing exactly what each councilor is doing and how each councilor votes. I’m encouraging our new City Clerk to continue our Council Newsletter and find more ways to bring the work of the Council to residents.
Question 3: Please explain what diversity, equity, and inclusion mean to you. Why these are important to Newton?
DEI requires an examination: Are resources equitably distributed across our community? Children? Seniors? Disabled people?People of color?Families? Does the Council treat all residents the same no matter their mastery of the English language, skin color, wealth, sexual orientation other criteria? Are all points of view taken into account- homeowners and renters? Does Council reach out to young families ? The Globe states 25% of home sales were over $2million; Can ordinances help people of modest means to remain in Newton? The Council has had one DEI training- I hope we will discuss these issues so Newton is a safe and welcoming. place.