rhannaheadshot1-300x290Rhanna Kidwell, a key force behind collecting signatures to get the Charter Commission ballot question before voters in November, announced via email linking to a website that she’s running for the commission.

I’m not surprised but I am relieved.


I am writing to share some exciting news.  I am running for one of nine seats on the Newton Charter Commission that will be elected city-wide this November.I have been involved in trying to bring charter reform to Newton since 2009, and I am thrilled that we will finally have this opportunity to examine and improve our local government.

If you haven’t heard about it…on November 3rd, Newton will vote on the question “Shall a commission be elected to revise the charter of Newton?”  On the same ballot, voters can vote for up to nine candidates.  If the yes vote carries, the nine candidates with the most votes will become the commission.  The commission has two years to review Newton’s charter, which is like our constitution, and to propose changes.  Voters must approve the proposed changes in November of 2017.  The ballot question is the result of a petition signed by 8,400 Newton voters.

I hope you will take a minute to look at my website, which has information about my professional background and my community leadership experience in Newton.  It also has more details about the charter commission and the issues.

I am proud to call Newton home.  It is typical of our great city that so many Newton residents have worked hard to make this charter reform opportunity possible.   I want to help lead our city through the process of reviewing and updating our charter, and I hope I will have your support.


p.s. Let me know if you would like to be added to my list of endorsers.

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