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The TAB’s Jonathan Dame reports on Newton Mayor Setti Warren’s decision not to reappoint Barbara Huggins to the Zoning Board of Appeals

“The reason for my decision was because her work in other communities has involved opposing 40B housing developments, which could give an appearance of bias,” Warren wrote.

But  as Dame points out, asked about Huggins for an article earlier this year in Commonwealth magazine, the mayor said:

“I can tell you right now, I did not, nor do I do, background checks like that for volunteer appointments,” Warren told the magazine. “My intent is to make sure the values and vision of this administration are adopted.”

And Dame reports, count City Councilor Emily Norton among those who are unhappy with the non-appointment.

“I’m not going to vote to appoint the new appointments if she’s not on it.”