Local Election Debates & Candidate Showcase Opportunities

On November 7, the city of Newton will hold local elections and there are a few upcoming community opportunities for you to learn more about the issues and the candidates on the upcoming ballot which includes: Mayor, Ward Councilor, Councilor-At-Large, School Committee, and a proposed new City Charter. Now is the time to learn how your vote will impact the future funding of our schools.

School Committee Candidate Debate – October 19 – 7pm
Thursday, October 19, 7:00 to 9:00pm
Location:  The Barry Price Center, 27 Christina Street, Newton Highlands.
Hosted by Newton SEPAC (Special Education Parents Advisory Council)

The Newton SEPAC (Special Education Parents Advisory Council) is hosting a moderated debate with the contested School Committee candidates on Thursday, October 19 from 7:00-9:00pm at The Barry Price Center, 27 Christina Street, Newton Highlands.  Space is limited.  RSVPs are required to: newtonsepacsecretary@gmail.com.


Candidate Showcase and Ballot Issue Debate – October 22 – 1pm
Sunday, October 22 – starting at 1pm 
Location: Angier School, 1697 Beacon Street, Waban
Hosted by Neighborhood Area Councils: Newton Highlands, Newton Upper Falls, Newtonville and Waban

  • 1pm – Mayoral Debate – The first event will be a moderated one-hour discussion between Ruthanne Fuller and Scott Lennon, candidates for Newton’s next mayor. This session will be moderated by Marjorie Arons-Barron, Waban resident, and distinguished print and broadcast journalist.
  • 2pm – School Committee Debate – The second event will showcase School Committee candidates in contested citywide races. This session, also to be moderated by Marjorie Arons-Barron, is planned to last about an hour, and will showcase the eight candidates running competitively from four city wards. All Newton voters will be able to choose among and vote for these aspirants to the School Committee.
  • 3pm – Proposed Charter Debate -The third event  is a formal debate on the question voters will face on the ballot, whether to accept or reject a proposed revision of the Newton City Charter. The debate will include leaders of the proponents and opponents of the charter.  This session will be moderated by John Katsulas, Director of the Boston College Fulton Debate Society.