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.)

Newton Budget and Override FAQs

The LWVN municipal finance committee has prepared the information below about Newton’s budget and about overrides in general as they begin their effort to help educate voters about the overrides recently proposed by the mayor.

In order to explain how the override process works, it is first necessary to explain the City’s own budget.  The municipal budget for a City of 86,000 is has to take into account paying for common, recurring items and also for infrastructure and buildings.  Each department feeds its own requirements into the budget and each receives funding depending upon the priorities of the City.

An explanation of terms and process follows:

  1. What is the difference between capital expenses and operating expenses?
  2. What types of revenue does Newton have?
  3. What is zero-based budgeting?
  4. How does an override work?

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Local LWVN-sponsored Candidates’ Debates

LWVN has scheduled the following candidates’ debates:

Wed., Oct. 10, 10:00am, NewTV Conference Room, for State Rep, 11th Middlesex (Kay Khan (D) and Greer Swiston (R)) 

Wed., Oct., 10, 7:00pm, NewTV Conference Room, for State Rep, 10th Middlesex (John Lawn (D) and Francis Stanton (R))

Thurs., Oct. 11, 7:00pm, NewTV Conference Room, for Governor’s Council 3rd District (Marilyn Devaney (D) and Tom Sheff (I))

Seating is limited. The debates will be taped for cablecast and online viewing.

For more information, email info@lwvnewton.org.


Fourth Congressional District Candidates’ Forum on October 15

Monday, October 15, 2012

7:00 pm, Refreshments 

7:30 pm, Candidates’ Forum 

Wellesley College Alumnae Hall 

106 Central St, Wellesley 

Sean Bielat (Republican) and Joe Kennedy (Democrat), candidates for the 4th Congressional District, will face-off in a forum co-sponsored by the Leagues from Newton, Brookline, Needham, Sharon-Stoughton, and Wellesley; and Wellesley College.  

Alumnae Hall holds 1,000 people and has ample parking in a nearby garage. Be sure to allow enough time to park.

(Reminder: October 17 is the last day to register for the November 6 election; there will be a table for voter registration at the forum.)

For more information, see the forum flyer or email info@lwvnewton.org.

Don’t Forget to Vote! – the State Primary Election is on THURSDAY, September 6, 2012

Two of the contested races are for the Democratic nominations for Governor’s Council, Third District, and for Register of Deeds, Middlesex South.  LWVN and NewTV co-sponsored candidates’ debates for these two races on August 15.  The cablecasts for the two debates are now available on NewTV’s Government Channel and the videos can also be accessed online.

You can check to see when the debates are playing on cable TV by going to: http://www.newtv.org/programming/government/full-schedule/.

To watch the debates online, please go to: http://www.newtv.org/programming/government/decision2012/.

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