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With Ruthanne Fuller planning to give up her seat as City Councilor from Ward 7 At Large to run for mayor, Becky Walker Grossman has announced her candidacy for one of the two at large seats in that ward. Here’s her announcement..

Dear Friends and Fellow Newtonians,

My name is Becky Walker Grossman, and I’m excited to announce my candidacy for Ward 7 City Councilor-at-Large.  My family and I love this city and I’m running to ensure Newton remains the best place to live, work, raise a family, educate children, and retire. 

We’re deeply invested in the Newton community.  My husband grew up here and we moved back to Newton in 2010 to start our family.  Our children, Madeleine, 5, and Jack, 2, are fourth-generation Newtonians.  Madeleine started kindergarten at Ward School this fall.

I believe I’m uniquely positioned to tackle the most urgent issues facing our city because of my combined background in public service, law, and business. I worked in law enforcement as an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County, where I advocated for fairness in the criminal justice system.  I also played a leadership role on my father-in-law Steve Grossman’s successful campaign for State Treasurer.  I’m proud to have advocated for financial literacy as well as easier access to capital for business owners who traditionally have the toughest time getting it – women, immigrants, minorities and veterans.  After graduating from Cornell with a degree in economics, I received my JD and MBA with honors from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School. From all these experiences, I learned how to solve complex problems and use data to streamline government and inform responsible decision-making.

Newton has much to do now to meet the needs of its citizens and remain the high-quality and diverse city we want to leave to future generations.  As your City Councilor, I will focus on:

  • Public Schools: As a parent of a Ward School kindergarten student, I will fight to make sure our public schools continue to meet the highest standards and remain the very best in Massachusetts, providing future generations, regardless of their socioeconomic status, with endless opportunities for advancement and success.
  • Responsible Growth: I will advocate for responsible development to ensure that Newton remains a diverse, inclusive and accessible community for people of all ages, backgrounds, and economic means.
  • Infrastructure: A strong community and economy requires strong infrastructure – safe roads, bridges and parks. These require consistent and sustained investment, and I will do everything I can to make this possible.
  • Prudent Financial Management:  As a former investment banker, I know how to dig into the numbers and achieve results in a way that benefits Newton taxpayers.
  • Public Safety: Having served as an Assistant District Attorney, I remain strongly committed to keeping our community a safe and fair place to live. Through my work, I have seen first-hand the tremendous damage the opioid epidemic can have on families and communities.  One of the best measures of the quality of a community is how it treats those who need help the most.  I will work tirelessly to ensure that those impacted have strong treatment and recovery options, and their families have compassionate support resources.

Above all, I am a dedicated, passionate person who will give 100% effort to this job.  I would be honored to serve as your City Councilor, and I hope you will reach out to me with your hopes and concerns for our city. I look forward to working with you on the important issues that challenge our city and will shape its future.

Thank you for your consideration,

Becky