Question Time! Ward 1 Alderman Candidates’ Debate on August 29th at 7 pm

Join NewTV and the League of Women Voters of Newton (LWVN) for an evening with Ward 1 Ward Alderman candidates.  The debate will be shown live on NewTV’s Government Channel and on the web at  

Send us your questions!  NewTV and LWVN want to hear from you about the issues and questions you think are important to ask the candidates, both in advance of the debate at and during the live debate through Twitter, Facebook and email.  While the moderators might not be able to ask every question, they will try to cover all the topics and follow-up questions suggested. 

Viewers are also welcome in the NewTV conference room during the broadcast at 23 Needham Street, Newton Highlands, and can submit their questions at that time.

This debate is a collaboration between NewTV and the League of Women Voters of Newton.  For more information, please email

Vote Tuesday, June 25 in the Special Senate and Municipal Election!

Remember to vote in the special election for US Senator from Massachusetts on June 25. Candidates include Gabriel Gomez (Republican), Edward Markey (Democrat), and Richard Heos (Twelve Visions). For information on voting, polls and absentee ballots, visit the Secretary of State’s website.

Be an informed voter! Look beyond the television ads and consider the positions and vision of each candidate. Two of the three full debates between Markey and Gomez are posted on YouTube. The second debate was held June 11 (click here). A final debate was held on June 18 (click here).

On Tuesday, Newton also holds a special election for Ward 1 Alderman-at-Large.  Voters will use a separate ballot; the only candidate in the municipal election is current Ward Alderman Scott Lennon.

Please note that the last day and hour to apply for an absentee ballot for the Special Senate Election and Special Muncipal Election is Monday, June 24, 2013 at noon

Remember: Democracy is not a spectator sport!

Don’t Forget to Vote! Special Senate Primary Election is Tuesday, April 30

The polls are open from 7am-8pm.

LWV Massachusetts has a Voters Guide online.

More information on voting can be found at the City of Newton Elections page. You can check for your precinct and polling location.

LWV Newton Candidates’ Workshop: “Don’t Stand There…Run!”

2013 is a Municipal Election year…

  • Are you running for public office this year – either as an incumbent or for the first time?
  • Have ever thought about running for public office?
  • Has someone asked you to be a campaign manager, treasurer, or advisor?
  • Or are you a voter who is interested in hearing about the ins and outs of local elected office and running a campaign?

Then join the League of Women Voters of Newton for an informative and lively workshop providing guidance and advice about how to run a campaign for municipal public office in Newton.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013, from 7:00-9:00pm, at the Brigham House, 20 Hartford Street, Newton Highlands.

Each speaker will spend 10-15 minutes on topic, then answer questions from the audience. Our speakers are:

  • Jason Tait (Director of Communication & Public Education, MA Office of Campaign and Political Finance) – on MA rules & regulations
  • David Olson (Interim Executive Sec’y, Newton Elections Dept; Newton City Clerk) on Newton dates & filing details
  • Claire Sokoloff (retiring Chairperson of Newton School Committee) on what School Committee job entails
  • Stephen Linsky (retiring Newton Alderman) on job of Alderman
  • Melanie Graham (editor of Newton Patch) – how to effectively interface with media interests and opportunities.

(20 Hartford Street, in Newton Highlands, is just off Lincoln St, next to a city parking lot & near the Newton Highlands Green Line T-stop.)

October Topic Meeting – 2012 State Ballot Questions

Join the League this Thursday, October 15, as we discuss this year’s ballot questions.  The League does not have positions on the ballot questions, but, in order to help clarify the issues for voters, League members will present the arguments both for and against the questions.  Handouts will be available for you to bring home.

We will be discussing the following questions:

Question 1 (law proposed by initiative petition): Availability of Motor Vehicle Repair Information

Question 2 (law proposed by initiative petition): Prescribing Medication to End Life

Question 3 (law proposed by initiative petition): Medical Use of Marijuana

Question 4 (nonbinding question): “Budget for All” Referendum

Question 5 (nonbinding question): Call for Constitutional Amendment about constitutional rights of corporations and money in politics

  • Thursday, October 18, 2012, 11:30am – 1:00pm
  • NewTV Conference Room, 23 Needham Street
  • Brown bag lunches welcome!  Light refreshments will be served
  • For more information: email

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