Newton votes Tuesday on next mayor, proposed charter

Newton voters will soon decide on the city’s next mayor, as well as a proposed charter that will change representation on the City Council. The municipal election is set for Tuesday, Nov. 7, with polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., according to the city clerk’s office. Scott F. Lennon, council president and a Ward 1 councilor at large, faces Ruthanne Schwartz Fuller, a councilor at large for Ward 7, in the city’s mayoral race. The two were the top finalists after a preliminary vote in September. Voters will also decide the fate of a proposed new city charter, which if approved, would shrink the size of the council from 24 to 12 members beginning with the 2019 election. The proposal would eliminate the current system of assigning three councilors to each of Newton’s eight wards. It would also mandate a citywide vote for all 12 city councilors. Currently, eight councilors are elected solely by residents of the wards they represent. Newton voters will also decide races for councilor at large, ward councilor, and School Committee on the Nov. 7 ballot. For more information on voting, check www.newtonma.gov/gov/elections/default.asp.


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