I just received an email this morning for a new (at least to me) candidate throwing her hat in the ring for City Council.

My name is Brenda Noel and I am running for Ward 6 City Councilor.

Seven years ago, my husband, Dean Fairchild, and I made a very intentional decision to move to this vibrant city with our then-five-year-old twin girls, Martie and Ella.

Why Newton?  Easy.  Our city is home to an incredible mix of people from all over the world, who somehow manage to come together to create a tight knit community.  Families work hard to live in Newton. They are invested in all Newton has to offer, and they actively engage in the community.  There is so much to be excited about in Newton right now. 

We have a lot to be proud of — and to sustain and grow — in this moment in time. I have eternal optimism that we can build consensus among us and creatively problem solve to maintain and enhance all that is great about Newton.

As a first-generation college graduate with a Masters degree in Social Work and a passion for social justice and social change, I have experience in both the public and non-profit sectors. I have seen first-hand what hard work and commitment can achieve.  

I’ve witnessed it in different settings, and through different lenses—from my advocacy work for victims of crime and trauma, to my efforts to secure funding for programs serving  individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to the daily rewards and challenges of being a parent to two daughters. 

I am experienced enough to know that the solutions we seek for our city are complex and require a creative and thoughtful process that ensures all voices are heard. I assure you I am up for this challenge and energized by this opportunity.  

I would be honored to have your vote on November 7th.  

Please visit my webpage to learn more about me, or feel free to contact me to learn more about my campaign.  I hope to see you soon in Ward 6!