On Nov. 7, Newton will have its municipal election and voters will decide the fate of several City Council seats.
There are no School Committee seats contested this election, but there are several competitive City Council races.
Here are five things to know.
1. Ward council seats
Ward councilors are chosen by voters in each ward. Below is a list of ward council seat candidates and links to profile articles The Newton Beacon published about them (or a link to the candidates’ web pages for those running unopposed who have not been profiled).
- Ward 1: Maria Greenberg, unopposed.
- Ward 2: Dan Gaynor vs. David Micley
- Ward 3: Julia Malakie is unopposed.
- Ward 4: Randy Block vs. Doris Ann Sweet
- Ward 5: Bill Humphrey is unopposed.
- Ward 6: Martha Bixby vs. Lisa Gordon
- Ward 7: R. Lisle Baker is unopposed.
- Ward 8: Holly Ryan vs. Stephen Farrell
2. At-large council seats
At-large councilors come from each ward but are elected by voters citywide. Each ward has two at-large seats, so at-large races with two candidates are unopposed.
- Ward 1: John Oliver and Alison Leary are unopposed.
- Ward 2: Susan Albright and Tarik Lucas are unopposed.
- Ward 3: Pamela Wright and Andrea Kelley are unopposed.
- Ward 4: Leonard Gentile and Joshua Krintzman are unopposed.
- Ward 5: Deb Crossley, Andrea Downs, and Rena Getz
- Ward 6: Alicia Bowman, Vicki Danberg, and Alan Lobovitz
- Ward 7: Becky Grossman and Marc Laredo are unopposed.
- Ward 8: Richard Lipoff and David Kalis are unopposed.
3. Election Day
Election Day is Nov. 7, and polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Polling places are all around the city and are specific to neighborhoods and addresses. Newton’s city website has a complete map of the city’s wards and precincts as well as a page where residents can enter their address and find their exact polling place for Election Day.
4. Early voting
Voters who don’t want to wait until Election Day to cast their ballot can vote early at the clerk’s office at City Hall.
Early voting days and hours are:
- Saturday Oct. 28, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sunday Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Monday Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Tuesday Oct. 31, from 8:30 a.m. 5 p.m.
- Wednesday Nov. 1st, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Oct. 28 is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 7 election.
Voters should check their registration status, as it’s possible to have been removed from voter rolls due to years of inactivity. Residents can check their voter registration status on the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s website.
The Newton Beacon will have up-to-the-minute coverage of the election results as they come in on the night of the election. And you can sign up here for email alerts and our newsletter.