2021 Candidate for Councilor at Large, Ward 6
Campaign Website: https://www.vickidanberg.comBiographical statement
A hardworking and successful advocate for her community, Vicki Danberg prioritizes school funding, services and access for the disabled, village center revitalization, an ambitious climate plan, expanding Newton’s housing options, and upgrading infrastructure. Vicki has lived in Newton since 1977.
Questions and Answers
Question 1: What in your background prepares you to be effective in the political office you are seeking?
My 18 years as a Newton City Councilor prove I am an energetic, collaborative advocate. I successfully led initiatives such as sidewalk snow removal, the polystyrene container ban, restoration of the Newton Centre train station, landmarking a historic home, Newton’s first bike path, outdoor dining, limiting outdoor yard junk, and I co-founded the Newton Cultural Alliance. I fought for expanded voting options, the acquisition of Webster Woods, welcoming city status, more flashing crosswalk signals, and car and bike sharing. With my MBA in Finance and Management, I served on the Financial Audit Committee to ensure Newton’s financial stability.
Question 2: If you're elected, what will be your first priority? Why? How will you address your priority?
While focusing on our COVID response, my top priority will be long-term positive impact through infrastructure, allowing safe passage on streets, sidewalks, bike paths, and better accessibility for all. Newton’s aging infrastructure affects public safety, water quality, and causes wasteful leakage. I will advocate for climate-friendly policies including energy efficient electrified housing, increased business and residential solar, fossil fuel free City vehicles and public transit, and waste reduction through composting. I will encourage walkability in and near our village centers, providing vibrancy for our local businesses and restaurants.
Question 3: Please explain what diversity, equity, and inclusion mean to you. Why these are important to Newton?
I am thankful that we are experiencing a national reckoning around the need for our systems to be more inclusive and supportive of marginalized groups. Diversity, equity and inclusion open the door to normalizing acceptance of difference. Enabling employment, housing and essential services will make us a better community through growth, innovation, and the creative inputs of existing and new residents that bring diverse values and experiences to the table. Proximity promotes friendship and tolerance. Our nation is diverse and our City’s policies must reflect our commitment to building a similarly diverse community.