See photos of the 2018 LQBTQ+ Pride event at Newton City Hall on June 5th.
Following the defeat of the charter commission’s proposal on 11/7, some YES supporters have suggested that the city council propose a home rule petition to replace our 8 ward-elected councilors with 4 “district-elected” councilors represent 4 quarter sections of the city, rather than eliminate the 2nd at-large seat currently present in each ward.
Voters rejected the charter in larger numbers than voted for the mayor and all but one candidate for office. In several precincts over 97% of voters cast a ballot on the question. This was a well informed electorate. The message was clear — RETAIN LOCAL REPRESENTATION.
Newton’s divisive Austin street debate of 2015 and Orr Block debate of 2017 reflected the many diverse interests and agendas each side had as well as the agendas each assumed the other side had. Reflecting on the months of discussion and public comment, it is easy to enumerate over 30 interests on each side.
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