This is an interesting one: Eve Tapper from the Planning Department quit her job to run for the ward alderman seat in Ward 2. Press release follows:
Newton resident Eve Tapper officially announced today that she will run for Ward Alderman from Ward 2. Eve’s background uniquely prepares her for service on the Board, as she has spent the past six years employed in the City of Newton Planning and Development Department and is the mother of two Newton Public School students. She resigned her position as Chief Planner for Current Planning on May 24th to enter the race for Alderman.
Eve’s priority as Ward 2 Alderman will be to provide strong representation for her constituents as the city works to implement major changes associated with the reconstruction of the Cabot School and the revitalization of the entire Newtonville neighborhood. She will also focus on refurbishing other school and municipal buildings as well as ways the Board can be supportive in helping the school system maintain and improve the quality of education students receive.
Brooke Lipsitt, a Ward 2 resident who is the former president of the Newton Board of Aldermen, and current Ward 2 School Committee representative Jonathan Yeo are serving as Eve’s campaign co-chairs.
In making her announcement, Eve said, “In my City Hall tenure I’ve worked with homeowners, business owners, and commercial property owners to help them pursue the highest and best use of their properties while preserving the character of our neighborhoods and enhancing the vitality of our village centers. Now I’m running for Alderman to put that experience to work making a difference on behalf of the residents of Ward 2. Having looked at city government from both inside and outside, I am well positioned to suggest and support efforts to make city government more user-friendly.”
In addition to helping hundreds of stakeholders with their specific projects, Eve has also advised the Board of Aldermen on land use and zoning matters throughout the City. Before accepting a staff position with the Newton Planning Department, Eve was an active member of the Newton Centre Task Force, serving as chair of the Design Subcommittee. She also served on the Newton Economic Development Commission.
Eve and her husband Adam Ochlis are long-term residents of Newton. “As the parent of an elementary school and a middle school student, I will be a strong voice on the Board in support of our city’s school children,” she said.
Eve holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Math from Drew University and a Master’s Degree in Planning from the University of Virginia. Her previous work experience includes more than six years working for Congressman Sam Gejdenson (D-CT) in Washington, DC as a Legislative Aide.