Three Mayoral Candidates Forum

On June 24, 2017, Newton Forum and the Newton Villages Alliance co-sponsored a forum with mayoral candidates Amy Mah Sangiolo, Ruthanne Fuller, and Scott Lennon.  These three, all current city councilors, were the only candidates certified to be on the ballot as of the forum date, although there are four other candidates who deserve to be considered, and who have participated in subsequent fora.

The event was held at the Windsor Club in Waban with a live audience in attendance.  The candidates answered questions in sections divided by topic.  Newton residents conversant in those issues asked the questions in each topic area.

Here at Newton Forum, we’re glad we were able to make this particular mayoral forum happen, as we think the questions asked and answers given are unusually specific and very interesting.  We hope you agree.  Please watch, and let us know your reactions and which candidate resonated the most with your preferences for the future of our community.

Chris Pitts is an award-winning producer, and founder of a pioneer eLearning multimedia company. Dedicated to principles of knowledge-sharing, stewardship of environmental and historic assets, and strengthening communities, Chris has served on the boards of arts organizations, community groups, and the ACLU. He and his family moved to Newton in 2000, where his children enrolled in the Newton Public Schools. Living in the village of Waban, Chris played a lead role in the successful effort to save the Waban Branch Library for community use, help found and run Waban Village Day, and is Vice President of the Waban Improvement Society. Chris is currently an elected councilor and Vice President on the Waban Area Council, where he directs the Future Planning Project, a resident-led process to plan the Waban village residents would like to see in the years ahead.

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