Press release below received from the YES for a New Charter campaign.
Newton, MA – State Representative Kay Khan, representing the Eleventh Middlesex district, and Newton resident announced that she will be voting yes on the ballot question in November to reduce the size of the city council.
“Reducing the size of the city council will make it easier for residents to get to know their councilors, and will lead to more accountability and more familiarity with city government, which may lead to more interest in voting. A smaller city council will eliminate silos and facilitate collaboration between the state and city, so that we can continue to advocate for those issues which matter most to our constituents. Reducing the number of councilors from three per ward to one per ward will make Newton’s government more effective and accessible. Giving all voters the right to vote for all of the city councilors who will be influencing city policy is more democratic,“ said Khan.
In 2015 79% of Newton voters approved the formation of a commission to review the city charter and elected its 9 members. The members of the Charter Commission served the City of Newton throughout a review process intended to modernize and improve local government. The Commission unanimously voted on April 27, 2017 in favor of the proposed charter. A yes vote would adopt those changes.
State Representative Kay Khan has represented Newton in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 1995, and currently serves as House Chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. Representative Khan is the founder and co-chair of the legislative Mental Health Caucus, the first of its kind in the country, and founder and co-chair of a task force on Women in the Criminal Justice System and their children, under the Caucus of Women Legislators. She served as the Co-Chair of the Caucus of Women Legislators several years ago and in recent years, she served on the Commission to End Homelessness and currently serves on the Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Commission and the Special Commission on Early Education and Care. Representative Khan has lived in Newton for more than 40 years where she and her husband raised their three children and now enjoys her seven grandchildren.