I’ve heard from three sources that Bryan Barash has either decided to run or is thinking about running for Ward Councilor in Ward 2 against three-term incumbent Emily Norton. (I’m awaiting confirmation from Bryan.Emily has confirmed that she’s running for reelection.) Given that Emily ran the campaign to defeat the Charter changes and Bryan was a big pro-Charter changes guy (and a commissioner on the committee that proposed said changes), we are likely looking at a very competitive race. 

Election Day 2019 is 15 months away and, if Gerry Chervinsky is correct in his comment on another thread about Ward 5, we already have two interesting races forming. 

Update: Here’s Barash’s press release and website link

My name is Bryan Barash and I am running to be your local Ward 2 City Councilor.

At a time when so much of our politics is divisive, we need to come together as a community to meet the needs of our neighborhood and our city. As your city councilor I will utilize my decade of public policy expertise, combined with my intimate knowledge of both state and local government, to ensure your concerns are heard and your needs are met at City Hall.

I believe strongly in the power of kindness, the impact of compromise, and the decency of the people who live here. I am guided by my progressive values and driven by a desire to give back to this community which has given me so much.

In announcing my candidacy, I commit to running a clean, positive, grassroots campaign. To that end, and because I am so concerned about the pernicious influence of money in politics at all levels, I am refusing contributions to my campaign from municipal lobbyists and developers.

Over the days and months ahead, I plan to lay out an ambitious platform to move Newton forward. Most of all, I want to hear what’s on your mind. I plan to spend the next year talking with every single person in our community, to find out what you’re hearing, what you’re excited about, what you’re worried about, and what I can do to improve your life and our community.

Together, I know we can do great things for this city that we love and call home. I am looking forward to talking with you soon, and will work hard to earn your vote in November 2019.


Bryan Barash



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