Although her name is not listed as the organizer behind Newton Citizens for Local Representation’s new website, Newton Ward City Councilor Emily Norton is listed as “chairman” of the ballot initiative committee to defeat the proposed charter, according to campaign documents filed with the state.
Documents also show that a ballot initiative committee — Yes for New Charter — has recently been formed. (No website yet but there is this Facebook page) Jennifer Abbott and
Frida Dwack Frieda Dweck , neither of whom hold or have held any elected office in Newton that I’m aware of, are listed as co-chairs for the yes campaign.
The new proposed charter would, of course, eliminate Norton’s ward councilor seat, among other things.
My question is: Couldn’t the “no” side have found someone to chair this effort that wouldn’t risk looking like they’re just trying to save their job?