Now that a couple of weeks have passed since the Newton Charter Commission created a fair amount of anxiety by proposing a 13 member city council (with one at-large councilor coming from each of Newton’s eight wards and five elected city-wide regardless of ward residency), let’s talk about alternatives.
How many city councilors do you think Newton should have? And how should those seats be defined?
As a reminder, Newton now has 24 council seats. Eight of those are ward councilors, meaning they are elected only by voters within that ward. Sixteen are elected (two per ward) citywide.
We’ve had plenty of folks tell us why they don’t like the Charter Commission’s idea. But what’s your suggestion?