Fall 2019 Municipal Elections
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Fall, 2019 Newton Municipal Elections
Step 1: Mark your calendars
Election day: Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Deadline to register to vote for the November 5, 2019 Municipal Election: Wednesday, October 16, 2019.
Step 2: Register to vote or check your registration
Submit an absentee ballot when necessary:
Step 3: Find your ward
Step 4: Check out sample ballots
Municipal Election - Councilors & School Committee
At-Large councilors: vote for (up to) TWO for each ward throughout the city
Ward councilors: vote for (up to) ONE for your ward. Only your ward councilor race will appear on the ballot.
School committee: vote for (up to) ONE for each ward throughout the city
Neighborhood Area Council Elections
Vote for (up to) NINE
Note: candidates might be running “write in” campaigns as many Area Council ballots aren’t filled
Step 5: Understand the jobs
The City Council is the Legislative Branch of Newton City Government. The City Council has the power to:
make, amend or repeal City Ordinances;
approve the city budget;
approve the Mayor’s expenditure of funds;
approve land use issues;
and confirm the Mayor’s appointments to Newton boards and commissions. (Source)
Ward vs. At-Large Councilor:
The Ward Councilor lives in the Ward he/or she represents and is elected only by constituents who live in that Ward. The Councilor-at-Large for any given Ward lives in that Ward, but is elected by voters city-wide. (Source)
"The School Committee in each city and town and each regional school district shall have the power to select and to terminate the Superintendent; shall review and approve budgets for public education in the district, and shall establish educational goals and policies for the schools in the district, consistent with the requirements of law and state-wide goals and standards established by the Board of Education."
The Newton School Committee consists of nine voting members: one person is elected (citywide) from each of Newton's eight wards, and the Mayor serves as an ex-officio member. (Source)
Newton Highlands, Newton Upper Falls, Waban and Newtonville have area councils.
Area Councils are legal entities of Newton city government. Their purposes are several: to facilitate communication between residents and the City; to address issues of importance to neighborhood residents; and to support and foster pride in the neighborhood through the sponsorship of various community activities. Area Councils Webpage: http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/neighborhood/default.asp
Step 6: Research the candidates
Watch these League of Women Voters Newton/NewTV Candidates' Forums for the contested City Council races:
Candidates for City Council and School Committee also made individual speeches, available on the first four pages here: https://vimeo.com/newtvgov/videos/page:1/sort:date
Newton Patch has candidate profiles:
Newton TAB has candidate profiles:
City Council candidates: https://newton.wickedlocal.com/news/20190926/meet-candidates-for-newton-city-council
School Committee candidates: https://newton.wickedlocal.com/news/20190925/learn-more-about-newtons-school-committee-hopefuls
Note: the TAB had strict, and quick, deadlines, so a number of candidates missed them - we encourage you not to negatively judge a candidate who missed submitting there.
Learn more about School Committee incumbents: https://www.newton.k12.ma.us//site/Default.aspx?PageID=688
Learn about City Council Incumbents:
Still have questions or just want to meet some of the candidates?
Attend Saturday Night at the Races!! Learn what Newton’s City Council candidates want to do for you about local traffic, housing, climate change and more on Saturday, November 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the War Memorial at City Hall. This is a drop-in event, free and open to the public, and is co-sponsored by Green Newton, League of Women Voters of Newton, Mothers Out Front, Newton Council on Aging, Newton Conservators and the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber. Questions? Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.