Noel:  Elected officials can truly impact positive change

Noel: Elected officials can truly impact positive change

Village 14 is inviting all candidates for mayor, city council or school committee to submit a single guest column between now and Aug 1. My name is Brenda Noel and I would like your vote to serve as the next Ward 6 City Councilor. For over four months I have been knocking on doors and listening to voters. I hear many of the questions you would expect, but the one that comes up at the majority of doors is, “Why are you running?” From 2000-­‐2004 I worked at the
Albright: Make Newton a welcoming city

Albright: Make Newton a welcoming city

Village 14 is inviting all candidates for mayor, city council or school committee to submit a single guest column between now and Aug 1.

The theme of my work and campaign is “making Newton a welcoming city”. Many feel as I do, that governmental progress now will only come from the state and local level; in that regard, allow me to tell you about some of my work of the last term.

I’m proud that I led the charge to create the Welcoming City ordinance, which requires adherence to 4th and 10th Amendments of our US constitution – providing due process for all Newtonians regardless of

Yates: Issues I’ve been involved with since 1987 are coming to decisive points.

Yates: Issues I’ve been involved with since 1987 are coming to decisive points.

Village 14 is inviting all candidates for mayor, city council or school committee to submit a single guest column between now and Aug 1.

I want to continue to serve on the Council because many of the issues I’ve been involved with as an Alderman/Councilor since 1987 are coming to decisive points. I want to bring the knowledge and insights I’ve developed as a Councilor, Environmentalist, Neighborhood Activist, a graduate of the Newton Public Schools and of Boston College, , a Master of Urban Affairs recipient from Boston University , and a participant for decades in the War on Poverty to bear on the reform of Newton’s Zoning Ordinance, the upgrading of the Needham Street Corridor, and the redevelopment of Northland Development’s property on Needham Street.

I came to the Board of Aldermen to