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Hi, My name is Tarik Lucas and I am running for Newton City Council At-Large from Ward 2.

Seeing as how most of the readers of Village 14 don’t know who I am, let me tell you a little about myself. I moved to Newton in 2009 and I have enjoyed living in the Garden City over that time span. During the day you can find me at Harvard University Press in Cambridge where I have been a Royalty Specialist for over ten years. Since 2008 I have also been officiating youth basketball games all over the state.

In 2017 I was elected to the Newtonville Area Council. Last year the council developed the Envisioning Washington Street survey about potential development in that area. I also serve on the Newtonville Historic District Commission. Also, in the 2017 election I worked intensively campaigning for the No On Charter, in which I deepened my understanding of our city, meeting people in all our villages. I grew up next door to Newton, in Brookline and graduated from Springfield College in Springfield, MA.

I am running because Newton is at its most pressing time in history. We need to make sure we have the proper zoning ordinances in place to ensure that people of all incomes can live and stay in Newton. I am running to defend local and equal representation for all Newton residents. Our government must be transparent and accountable to the public. And I will be making that case and others in this election season.

To kick-off the campaign, I will be hosting a fundraiser at Terry O’Reilly’s at 45 Union Street, Newton Centre, at 7pm on Monday April 22nd. Thank you.

To learn more about my campaign, go to TarikLucas.org. I look forward to meeting many Newton residents
over the coming months. Thank you.