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The League of Women Voters of Newton (LWVN) and NewTV are once again co-sponsoring Candidates’ Forums for the 2015 municipal election. All the following forums will take place in NewTV Studios, 23 Needham Street, Newton Highlands.

Please send us your questions for the candidates at! We ask that they be relevant to all the candidates in a particular race and be as short as possible. Please note that LWVN might shorten some questions or combine others that are similar, so it’s possible that your particular question isn’t used exactly as submitted. We do try to cover all topics submitted to us.

Candidate Forum Schedule:

October 7:     Ward 5 Aldermen-at-Large, 5:30 p.m.

October 8:     Ward 5 School Committee, 6:00 p.m.

                        Ward 3 Aldermen-at-Large, 7:00 p.m.

                        Ward 2 Aldermen-at-Large, 8:00 p.m.

October 22:   Ward 8 Aldermen-at-Large, 7 p.m.

While Alison Leary (Ward 1 Ward Alderman) and Margaret Albright (Ward 2 School Committee) were willing to participate in forums, candidates Allan Ciccone (Ward 1 Ward Alderman) and Cyrus Vaghar (Ward 2 School Committee) declined LWVN’s invitations. LWVN policy prohibits having “empty seat” candidates’ events, and so there will be no Candidates’ Forums for Ward 1 Ward Alderman and Ward 2 School Committee.

October Topic Meeting: Amending the US Constitution

LWVN October Topic/Consensus Meeting:
The Process for Amending the US Constitution

The LWV US Constitutional Amendment Study

Thursday Oct 15, 2015
11:30-1pm, NewTV Conference Room

Brown bag lunches welcome
Did you know that there are two different ways the US constitution can be amended — by congressional proposal or by convening a convention — and that a convention has never been used successfully?LWV US is conducting a study about the process of amending the U.S. constitution, and has asked local leagues across the country to learn about the topic and answer a series of questions. National’s study guide summarizes the study this way:

The question for us today is: what are the shared values and beliefs within the League – what consensus do we have – regarding the circumstances that might allow or compel the League to endorse a constitutional amendment or an Article V Convention?

Please join the LWV Newton to discuss the topic and contribute to Newton’s answers to the consensus question from LWV US.  We ask that you please review the study guide and the questions (below) to help us conduct the most effective meeting!


LWVN Open Houses and Voters’ Guide for Charter Commission Candidates

Be an informed voter! Meet candidates for Charter Commission and ask questions one-to-one at open houses on:

October 14th, 7 – 9 p.m., Newton North High School Cafeteria

October 21st, 7-9 p.m., Newton South High School Cafeteria

Look for the LWVN Charter Commission Voters’ Guide, available on October 14th online and at the first open house.

Many Hands Make Light Work: LWVN Volunteers Needed

Several committees are looking for volunteers to help with events happening in the fall and throughout the year.  If you are interested in what they do, contact us at to find out ways to help.  We can find the right job for you!

  • The Topic Meeting Committee is gearing up for its first meeting very shortly and is looking for volunteers to help organize and run the events.
  • The LWVN CPC (Community Preservation Committee) is looking for volunteers to read and evaluate the CPC applications and prepare a statement on behalf of LWVN to the city committee.
  • The Voters Service Committee is looking for volunteers to help at upcoming Candidates’ Forums and Open Houses.

Ward 5 Area Council Candidates’ Events

From the Ward 5 Area Council:

On Sunday, October 4 from 2-4:30pm the first session will convene at the Hyde Community Center, 90 Lincoln St., Newton Highlands, and will feature introductions and questions for the 22 candidates running for the Charter Review Commission. This session will be moderated by Gloria Gavris, a retired lawyer and lobbyist and the recent author of E is for Election Day, a book for young readers that encourages children‘s interest in electoral politics. Attendees may submit written questions on cards that will be provided.

Later that same day, the second part of this showcase will feature the candidates for Aldermen-at-Large from Wards 2, 3, 5 and 8 and the School Committee candidates from Wards 2 and 5, all of whom are running in citywide contested races. This second event will be held from 7-9:30pm at the Woman’s Club of Newton Highlands, 72 Columbus St., Newton Highlands. The moderator for this session will be Marjorie Arons-Barron, President of Barron Associates Worldwide, a communications consultancy, and a distinguished print and broadcast journalist, recipient of Emmys and national awards for excellence as editorial director of WCVB-TV, Channel 5. Questions will be taken from the audience.

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