Nomination papers for this fall’s city municipal elections won’t even be available until May 1 but already some early battle lines are being drawn. Here’s an email Kathleen Kouril Grieser (an activist with the Newton Villages Alliance and organizer of the Austin Street opponents) sent Thursday to a Newton Highlands list serve.

Hello Highlands Neighbors,

I’m hearing from many of my neighbors, and friends from all parts of Newton, that they’re concerned about over-development and the impacts on schools and the cost of living in Newton.  They’re looking for leaders who will protect our seniors; promote the walkability of our villages, preserve our neighborhoods and green spaces; enhance our commercial tax base with high-skills employers; and put the city on a course to sustainability and a stronger fiscal foundation.

So there’s good news from Newtonville, where we have two great new candidates for Ward 2 City Councilor at Large – Jake Auchincloss and Lynne LeBlanc.  Councilors at Large are elected by all Newton voters, not just the ones from their ward, so if you’d like to hear about opportunities to attend upcoming meet-the-candidate events where you can get to know Jake and Lynne, please take a moment to email your name and phone number to: [email protected]

Thank you and best wishes,

Kathleen Kouril Grieser