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Fuller sets priorities in Newton mayoral run

In a newly released set of policy statements, Newton City Councilor Ruthanne Fuller said that as mayor she’d prioritize spending on students and school staff and advocate for better service by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

Fuller, who was first elected to the then-Newton Board of Aldermen in 2009, announced her bid for mayor last fall. The city’s current executive, Mayor Setti Warren, has already announced he won’t seek reelection for a third term, and has said he is considering a run for governor.

City Council president Scott Lennon has also said he’s in the running for the city’s top job.


According to the state’s Office of Campaign and Political Finance, Fuller is outpacing Lennon in fund-raising. Since November, she has raised more than $147,000, for a total of about $151,000, while Lennon collected $81,000 during the same period, bringing his total to almost $98,000.

Before being elected to public office, Fuller worked on an effort to identity the city’s structural deficits and offer possible solutions, she said. A graduate of Brown and Harvard universities, Fuller also has 30 years experience working as a strategic planner for nonprofits, according to her biography.

Fuller said she would work collaboratively with residents to ensure schools will thrive, infrastructure is maintained, and that the city government is responsive and fiscally responsible.

“I am deeply committed to our community, and I know we can make Newton a model for getting things done and for getting them done right,” Fuller said in a statement.

Fuller said she would release further policy papers in the future.

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