Alderman Ted Hess-Mahan confirmed to Village 14 that he is running for both mayor of Newton and re-election for alderman at-large in Ward 3. He said that he informed Mayor Setti Warren today. (However, Warren already knew because he learned about it on Village 14!)
Hess-Mahan said that he thinks Warren has done a good job with some things but there are others that cause him enough concern to make him want to run. Specifically he listed the administration’s policies around affordable housing and the distribution of CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) funds. He’s also disappointed that Warren hasn’t embraced making a strategic plan for the city part of the charter. (I’m condensing his points here but I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from him.)
He’s running for both jobs because he’s had a hard time convincing anyone to run for the seat in Ward 3. When asked if he thinks that will make him look less serious, he said that’s up to people to decide. He did say, though:
“I wouldn’t be in it if I didn’t think I could win.”
Looks like we have ourselves a mayors’ race folks!