In November of 2019, LWVN added a new event to its repertoire: Saturday Night at the Races.
If COVID rules permit an in-person event, our next Saturday Night at the Races will take place prior to the November 2021 election. Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to that time.
About Saturday Night at the Races
The goal of this event is to provide voters an opportunity to meet the candidates running for local office, and have time to speak with each of them and learn more about the candidates positions on important challenges and issues that Newton is facing today, prior to a municipal election. All candidates for local office, whether they have a challenger or not, are invited to attend.
Each ward is represented by a table, and each of the candidates running for office in that ward able to attend the event are seated at the table and are available to answer voter questions. A moderator assigned by LWVN is present at each table to make sure all voters have a chance to ask their questions, and to insure each candidate has an equal opportunity to speak. Voters are given approximately 15 minutes at each table before they are asked to move on to another table. There are eight rounds so that each voter has an opportunity to visit with the candidates from each ward.
Our first ever Saturday Night at the Races occurred on Saturday, November 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. The event was hosted by the LWVN and its co-sponsors: Green Newton, Mothers Out Front, Newton Conservators, Newton Cuncil on Aging, Newton Needham Regional Chamber, 350 Mass for a Better Future and Welcoming Newton.
We are pleased that the following City Councilor candidates spent the evening with us:
At-Large Councilor Candidates: Ward 1 – Alison Leary; Ward 2 – Susan Albright, Jake Auchincloss, Jennifer Bentley, Tarik Lucas; Ward 3 – Jim Cote, Andrea Kelley, Pam Wright; Ward 5– Deb Crossley, Andrea Downs; Ward 6 – Alicia Bowman, Vicki Danberg, Greg Schwartz; Ward 7 – Becky Grossman, Mark Laredo; and Ward 8 – David Kalis, Rick Lipof
Ward Councilor Candidates: Ward 1 – Allan Ciccone, Maria Scibelli Greenberg; Ward 2 – Bryan Barash; Ward 3 – Julia Malakie, Carolina Ventura; Ward 4 – Chris Markiewicz; Ward 5 – Bill Humphrey, Kathryn Winters; Ward 6 – Lisa Gordon, Brenda Noel; Ward 7 – Mark Laredo, surrogate for Lisle Baker and Ward 8 – Holly Ryan
Many thanks go to all of the volunteers for the evening with a special shout-out to the LWVN team of Bonnie Carter, Lucia Dolan, Sue Flicop, Lois Levin, and Sharyn Roberts who made this very successful event happen. It was LWVN at its finest!
LWVN Vision Statement for Political Contests
We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate. —Newton League of Women Voters vision statement
To honor this vision and to protect the strength of our local democratic process, LWVN urges all residents involved in Newton’s electoral process, whether as a voter, supporter, organizer, or candidate, to…
- Encourage respect for candidates and voters in all that you say and do.
- Maintain a high-level of integrity and reliability in all campaign activities
- Ensure that communications are relevant, truthful, and fact-based.
- Become educated on the issues that are important to Newton’s residents.
- Be open to honest debate.
- Maintain civility as we focus on our shared interest in Newton’s future.
As we encourage everyone to participate in our democracy, we likewise encourage all to show one another other courtesy and respect – speaking, listening, online, and otherwise engaging–especially where there may be disagreement