Due to the physical distancing required by COVID-19, candidates for local office in Brookline may be uncomfortable going door-to-door to talk with voters about the election on Tuesday, May 4. This page includes information about all the candidates, as provided by local organizations and institutions such as the Town Clerk, Brookline for Everyone, Brookline Parents Organization, Brookline PAX, Brookline SEPAC, and the Brookline League of Women Voters.

Election Details

Tuesday, May 4, 7am-8pm
Some polling locations have changed:

  • Precinct 3: Formerly at 90 Longwood Ave, now at the Florida Ruffin Ridley School, Stedman St Entrance,
  • Precinct 7: Formerly at 61 Park St, now at Brookline High School, Schluntz Gym,
  • Precinct 10: Formerly at 190 Harvard St, now at Brookline High School, Schluntz Gym, and
  • Precinct 15: Fire Station #6, 962 Hammond St.

Due to an update in state law, mail-in ballots are available for all voters. In-person early voting is available at Town Hall Room 103, 333 Washington St, at the following times:

  • Saturday, April 24: 8:30 am to 1 pm,
  • Tuesday, April 27: 8:30 am to 8 pm, and
  • Thursday, April 29: 8:30 am to 8:30 pm.

Town-wide Candidates

2021 Town Moderator Candidates

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C. Scott Ananian
103 Griggs Rd

Endorsed by
Brookline for Everyone

scottforbrookline.org
@cscottnet

I am running for Moderator to further Brookline’s democratic ideals. As Moderator, I will lift every voice at Town Meeting, respect every individual, and continue doggedly bending our Town’s arc toward justice. I believe Town Meeting should facilitate participation of single parents and others who have been excluded by outmoded requirements, and each person deserves the courtesy of being addressed by their chosen name and title. As Moderator, I will fully support remote participation to the limits allowed by State law and petition the State to expand such permissions.

Since joining Town Meeting in 2015 I have introduced 18 warrant articles or motions and have made a point to help newcomers author their own warrant articles. As Moderator, I will engage with residents through schools and senior centers to explain the Town’s workings. I will overhaul the Town Meeting website to improve transparency and efficiency.

I will use a nomination panel to cast a wide and wise net when recruiting members for Moderator-appointed committees, including the Advisory Committee. I will seek Advisory Committee members with a track record of collaboration to bridge the gap between the voiced priorities of Town Meeting and the Advisory Committee’s sound fiscal advice, which has helped secure Brookline’s current AAA bond rating. I will publish each member’s qualifications so that appointments are transparent.

Scott received his PhD from MIT in 2007 and has spent his career working on collaborative software at technology non-profits, including One Laptop Per Child and Wikipedia.

Kate Poverman
39 Adams St

poverman2021.com
@povermankate

This election is important because the Moderator shapes Town Meeting and its discussions. It is also the first time in Brookline’s history that a woman is running. As Moderator, I will treat everyone with dignity and respect.  I will encourage every voice to speak, not just the strong ones who are experienced at speaking at Town Meeting.

I have lived in Brookline with my family for 28 years.  I got my law degree from the University of Chicago, and I’ve been on the Zoning Board of Appeals for five years. That has given me invaluable experience for being Moderator. Town Meeting, like ZBA meetings, must be run objectively.  Sometimes this means making difficult decisions, even if they are unpopular.

I will make committee appointments based on skills, experience, and diversity (racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and demographic). I will broaden participation by reaching out to different constituencies and I will make appointments in consultation with others.

I’m running because I care deeply about Brookline and its many people and opinions.  I’m committed to the strength of Town Meeting as a democratic institution that represents all of Brookline.  To do this, Town Meeting has to be guided by impartiality, inclusion and equity. That’s what makes it strong, and giving Town Meeting that strength is my goal.

2021 Town Clerk Candidate

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Ben Kaufman

Benjamin Kaufman
17 Kenwood St

Endorsed by
Brookline PAX

www.benforbrookline.com

Brookline needs an independent, elected Town Clerk, who is committed to equitable access to our elections, a transparent Town government, and a modern Clerk’s office. An elected Town Clerk can ensure that every mail-in ballot is sent out accurately and on time, and that polling locations are accessible to everyone. An elected Town Clerk can increase transparency by making sure minutes and roll call votes from Town Meeting, Select Board, and other boards and committees are posted online in a clearly understandable manner. An elected Town Clerk can modernize the Clerk’s office, so that information is available and easily accessible online. An elected Town Clerk will be accountable to the voters, and can prioritize the voter’s needs. We trust Brookline’s voters. We should continue to trust them to elect our Town Clerk.

Ben works on Beacon Hill, where he serves as Legislative Aide to State Representative Tommy Vitolo. He manages all aspects of the Representative’s office, works closely with town departments, and helps constituents resolve issues. He actively works on legislation, including the recent COVID-19 driven changes to the state’s voting and meeting laws. As an elected member of Town Meeting from Precinct 9, Ben has been an active advocate for Brookline voters on issues before Town Meeting, including issues of equity, education, and climate. Through this work, he has gained a deep understanding of Town government, and the important role that the Clerk’s office plays.

2021 Select Board Candidates

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Bernard Greene
77 Pond Ave
incumbent

Endorsed by
Brookline PAX

www.bernardgreene.com/
@selectgreene

Short-term strategy starts with recovering from COVID and alleviating the harm it has done to our vulnerable Seniors and families and school children and businesses.

I implemented that strategy by supporting and guiding the work of our Public Health and Human Services Department to continue its remarkable success controlling COVID and making Brookline among the safest communities in Massachusetts for everyone. Simultaneously Brookline provided needed resources for vulnerable Seniors and families. My short-term strategy has laid the foundation for long term sustainable growth that will spread to all segments of our community.

Short and long-term, my strategies include confronting hate and violence that today threaten our Asian neighbors. But their struggles are not theirs alone because hatred is indivisible and threatens us all. We also cannot successfully oppose hate and violence by defunding Brookline’s progressive and responsive police department who are the first responders to incidents of hate and reach out to affected communities with guidance and protection against future attacks.

Long-term, my strategy implements environmentally sustainable infrastructure and Town policies that do our small part in the global struggle against climate change; it gives our children a 21st Century education; it thoughtfully balances economic growth with preserving and expanding parks and open spaces and other public amenities that make Brookline friendly and safe, especially for Seniors; and it makes diversity and inclusion more than a slogan, but a reality by increasing affordable housing for Seniors and families and purposefully attracting historically excluded middle-class Black families to Brookline.

Retired lawyer. Graduate of Swarthmore College (Economics) and Boston College Law School. Married to Ellen Pinderhughes, Professor, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University. Two children: Olivia (lawyer in NYC) and Marshall (student at University of Massachusetts, Boston).

Nancy Heller
40 Abbottsford Rd

Endorsed by
Brookline PAX

www.heller4selectboard.com
@nancy_s_heller

We must first prioritize short-term needs in recovering from COVID. We will receive substantial funds short-term from the American Rescue Plan, but we also have substantial short-term needs and need to plan well for: returning children to schools and activities; restoring local businesses to viability; recovering budgets for seniors, affordable housing, equity initiatives, libraries, green spaces and social and municipal services. As we look to the future, we should take additional actions now. We need to adopt strategies to grow our municipal budget. Approving the Community Preservation Act ballot initiative will increase our efforts in affordable housing, preservation, and parks and open space, and, if adopted, Brookline will receive a “state match” from the statewide Community Preservation Trust Fund which represents a significant addition in resources. We must also continue to grow our commercial and mixed-use tax base as we did with the River Road, Waldo Durgin, and Newbury properties. We are now studying the Boylston Street corridor and hope that we can further add to our tax base. Importantly, we must also keep our AAA bond rating, giving us lower borrowing rates. These strategies will further our goals for: a fossil fuel Town; expanding our senior center; increase efforts to eradicate bigotry; and improve municipal and social services.

Select Board 6 years; Town Meeting Member 33 years; Advisory Committee 7 years; Petitioner 2012 bylaw banning polystyrene in food service; Co-Petitioner 2010 bylaw on nuisance behaviors, 2011 bylaw on disorderly conduct, 2015 warrant article regarding 40B; School Committee 12 years, Chair 1995-1997; Many leadership roles in PTO, Extended Day, Children’s Center Day Care, Understanding Disabilities Program, Graffam-McKay Historic District, BHS China Exchange Program, Brookline Friends of METCO; Widow of Dr. Daniel Heller, 3 children graduated Brookline Schools, 3 grandchildren attending Brookline Schools; Retired Attorney and Medical Practice Administrator

Miriam Aschkenasy
311 Dean Rd

Endorsed by
Brookline for Everyone

miriamforbrookline.com
@miriam4bkline

Short term we need to craft our Town’s budget and priorities in a way that enables everyone in Brookline to recover from the pandemic. COVID-19 has surfaced and exacerbated many disparities and hardships for several community members, including students, teachers, residents of public housing, seniors, and small businesses. We owe it to our neighbors to invest our Town’s limited resources into addressing not just the symptoms of those hardships and disparities, but the root causes.

Long-term we must make the town’s budget better reflect residents’ priorities, particularly our most vulnerable and marginalized community members’ needs. Such a shift will involve the town’s policy-makers taking a more intersectional look at the issues that Brookline is facing. Sustainability, affordable housing, transportation — none of these matters are siloes, and we can’t craft town policy like each issue is an island. Additionally, we need more extensive and continual forms of community engagement to craft the long-term strategy Brookline needs; a strategy that embodies justice, good governance, and inclusivity.

I am a Precinct 13 Town Meeting Member, and a retired physician with Master’s in Public Health and Public Administration. I work as the Program Director of the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability Project at the Harvard Kennedy School.

I have lived in Brookline for 20 years; I’ve been a renter, condo owner, and single-family homeowner. I’m a proud parent of two Heath School students— and a silly French Bulldog named Nori.

My background is in building public health and antiracist programs, logistics and operations, and strategic thinking. I know how to compromise, negotiate, listen, bring people together, and, most importantly, how to get things done. Finally, as a single parent of two African-American children, I’ve learned to value lifelong learning and justice above all else.

Zoe Lynn
369 Tappan St

Endorsed by
Brookline for Everyone

votezoeforbrookline.com

The scope and scale of the challenges the town faces — from affordable housing and economic development, to climate change, racial equity, our structural (financial) deficit, and meaningful inclusion (of our seniors, of people with disabilities… of all Brookliners) — require effective executive leadership on the Select Board. I am committed to leading timely, prioritized, coordinated and strategic action on these challenges facing our community.

As a Select Board member, I will apply my skills in leading stakeholders to address interconnected, complex challenges — as I did in 2019 on the Town’s climate and sustainability work — and we’ll set strategic, community direction, together. This form of leadership — focused on facilitating collaborative brainstorming and input, followed by coordinated executive action — works on especially challenging issues, when there is diversity of stakeholders, and is effective within our Town Meeting form of government. We need to leverage Brookline’s extraordinary talent, energy and commitment to make meaningful progress on these issues.

I have led community initiatives, teams and strategy across different sectors (e.g. government, academia), and with diverse stakeholders (including Brookliners and Nebraskans).

I’m an inclusive and effective leader with a cross-disciplinary science, public administration and management background. My expertise is in delivering large-scale climate and sustainability initiatives within the public sector (equitable, inclusive and fiscally responsible policy), leading transformational change, and delivering meaningful outcomes by building on shared objectives and teamwork.

I have valuable experience with the culture and operations of Brookline Town Hall, as I previously worked for the Town as its first Sustainability Program Administrator — and this work was cross-departmental and cross-community in scope. Stakeholders included Brookline residents, businesses, organizations, Town Meeting, and Town committees, boards, commissions — among others.

Donelle O’Neal, Sr.
68 Village Way

www.donelleoneal.com
@donelle_sr

Over the last 6 years our Select Board has chosen to tune out our residents. When given the opportunity to hear from the residents. Like at the Select Board Tuesday regular meetings. I would like to see the current Select Board policy that they’ve implemented over these last couple of months continue moving forward.Really advocating for our residents. Is what I will do as a member of the Select Board. Not just by words, but using the executive power that is granted to them and acting on the behalf of the residents of our Town. Actions speak louder than words I’ve heard.

I have Brookline in my veins. When elected on May 4th I will be the only serving Select Board member who has lived in Brookline from birth. I attended the Public Schools of Brookline. I’ve worked for Brookline from 2001-2008 for the DPW Highway/Sanitation Division. I have two school age children. Donelle O’Neal Junior. A sophomore at BHS. Donte O’Neal in kindergarten at the Heath School.

I worked for the Brookline DPW Highway Division from 2001-2008 and I’m currently a Nurse Assistant on the Pulmonary Unit and work on the AvaSys Telesitter Monitor for Spaulding Rehab Hospital in Cambridge MA.

I’m serving my 3rd term in Town Meeting and recently served on the Advisory Committee.I have volunteered many, many hours of my life to our Town Government and will continue to. Because it’s necessary. Please vote Donelle O’Neal for Select Board Tuesday May 4th.

2021 Trustees of the Public Library Candidates

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Regina Healy
20 Chapel St
incumbent

Endorsed by
Brookline PAX

I firmly believe that libraries are an essential democratic institution and must be protected.

Reader, lawyer, mother, grandma, wife, Brookline resident for more than 40 years.

Carol Troyen Lohe
25 Salisbury Rd
incumbent

Endorsed by
Brookline PAX

COVID has made it clearer than ever that libraries are great democratizers, offering information, collections, programs and services to all ages, genders, faiths, races, and ethnicities. My vision for the library builds on the many things we’ve learned during the pandemic. Among them is a deeper understanding of the extent of tech inequality in our community, as indicated by the many Chromebooks, I-Pads, and hot spots we’ve lent out, and how much our printing services have been used. In the future we should do even more to help bridge this divide. We have learned the value of our outreach efforts—not just in getting materials to our patrons while our buildings are closed, but especially in spreading joy: our virtual yoga classes and other online programs have been extremely popular; our craft-along kits have flown off the shelves; our picture book surprises (bags of 10 children’s books chosen by staff) have made eager, happy future readers of many toddlers and delighted their parents. In the future what libraries can and should do will go beyond our buildings, and we should build on the creative ideas that arose during the pandemic to strengthen a sense of community and inclusion among all of us.

For the past seven years, I have been Treasurer of the Library Board, having been elected to the Board in 2012. I serve on many Trustee committees: Long Range Planning, Finance, Investment, and Programming. My husband, Werner Lohe, and I have lived in Brookline since 1988; our daughters, Erica and Ellen, graduated from Driscoll and BHS. I attended Yale University (B.A., Ph.D.) and have spent my professional life in museums, as Curator of American Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Acting Chief Curator at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford.

Kristin Hung
10 Vernon St

Endorsed by
Brookline PAX

kristinhung.org

My vision is that Brookline Libraries will be ever more accessible, diverse, and inclusive in who we serve and what we offer. I see two central changes for Libraries to contend with today: 1) This pandemic will continue to change our lives. As collective economic recovery requires more of every individual and institution, Libraries can help “make the pie bigger” for all by using a value-based mindset, adapting technology, and increasing accessibility for those with different abilities, languages, and needs while celebrating the differences that make us whole. 2) Racial justice and reconciliation should continue to change our lives. I hold sacred the vision that our Libraries protect and enable free, fair democracy by faithfully serving and reflecting every individual. By providing easy access to a diversity of knowledge, opportunities, and programming, Brookline Libraries lead us toward a more inclusive and just community.

I am a current Library Trustee and mom at the Florida Ruffin Ridley School, where I help lead the FRR Equity PAC and the Ruffin Ridley Readers (a weekly storytime and discussion about justice, diversity, and making positive change). I am also a physician at MGH, where I specialize in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. It is my privilege to help women with urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, conditions that are life altering and incredibly isolating. I received my MD from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and my bachelor’s from Harvard College, where I concentrated in History & Science. In my love of history, care for women, and work at FRR, I hear echoes of all that is beloved about our Libraries: the opportunity to learn and teach, improve lives, and be inspired to do our best, together.

Sassan Zelkha
1799 Beacon St

Endorsed by
Brookline PAX

The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that our libraries need to continue to evolve in order to meet the demands of our increasingly technological and socially diverse society. Accessibility is essential, and we need to engage in outreach to all members of our community, particularly the underserved. Our books and other resources need to reflect the diversity of our residents, in terms of age, race, gender, sexual identity, ethnicity, religion, and special need. We must make sure that those with dyslexia, hearing loss, visual loss, and/or non-fluency in English can benefit just as much from our library as anyone else. We must increase online services to help serve the immuno-compromised, those with physical mobility limitations, and others who may not have the time to visit a library in-person. We must be able to seamlessly pivot between a brick-and-mortar model of delivery to hybrid and remote because libraries are the core of a community’s life-long educational enrichment. We should not have service interruptions.

I am an Iranian refugee who has lived in Brookline for over 20 years. I am a graduate of Brookline High School, Boston University (Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Master’s in Systems Engineering and Business). I am a Town Meeting Member in Precinct 14. As an immigrant refugee from the Middle East, I can reflect and provide the viewpoints of bilingual individuals, including those for whom English is not their first language. As an engineer and technologist, I can provide the Board with the latest tech development. As an under-40 father of young children, I can provide the Board with the perspectives of a younger generation and help contribute to our exciting programming for families.

2021 Trustees of the Public Library Candidate (1 year)

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Matthew Shakespeare
49 Buckminster Rd

My vision is for the Brookline libraries to continue to excel as a central component of the educational, social, cultural, intellectual and civic life of the town. Helping to utilize emerging technologies and resources to provide the most complete, equitable, timely and useful access to information and services for everyone.

Born and raised in Brookline. Lifelong user and supporter of the Brookline libraries.Graduate of Runkle and BHS (School-Within-A-School). 7 years as Executive Vice President of the American Antiquarian Society (an independent research library of printed Americana based in Worcester, and the only library to receive the National Humanities Medal–from President Obama in 2014).

2021 School Committee Candidates

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Jennifer Monopoli
7 Roberts St
incumbent

Endorsed by
Brookline Parents Org
Brookline PAX

Brookline should: recruit, develop and retain diverse, talented and dedicated educational leaders; engage parents and teachers fully in the leadership selection process; promote socially just and whole child centered curriculum; allow educators creative autonomy and ample preparation time; dedicate sufficient time to the arts, sciences and the humanities. Our family chose this community for its combination of great schools and vibrant diversity. We stayed because of the sense of shared experience and community at our schools. I am running for reelection to the School Committee to play an active role in bringing Brookline’s legacy for excellence in education and community involvement into the future through a renewed focus on transparency, leadership and community voice.

I would like your vote for reelection to the School Committee. My first term on the School Committee began in 2018. I am currently the Chair of the Curriculum Subcommittee and a member of the Policy Subcommittee. I have been an educator for eighteen years working in both urban and suburban districts. I have taken leadership roles in the schools I have worked in as a member of Site Council, the Leadership Team, as a Lead Teacher and have written curriculum in several districts. I am currently a fourth grade teacher in another district.

I have a B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University at Albany, and an M.Ed. in Science Education from the University of Houston. I have two children in the Public Schools of Brookline. Both of my children have been in the Remote Learning Academy this year. My daughter typically attends Lawrence School and my son attends Lincoln and he will be attending Brookline High School in the fall.

David Pearlman
25 Goddard Cir
incumbent

Endorsed by
Brookline Parents Org
Brookline PAX
Brookline SEPAC

The top challenges are returning from the pandemic, improving equity and inclusion, ensuring students are engaged academically and emotionally, balancing the budget, and fostering better governance. From a timing perspective, the first goal must be to ensure that there’s a robust preK-12 program to address missed learning opportunities from the pandemic and to tend to the heightened social-emotional health needs of our students. Some of this programming should be made permanent to provide vulnerable students with year-round whole child wraparound services. Academically, our students need to be challenged, no matter their current level of achievement. We should nourish critical thinking, conceptual understanding, and creativity. This could be accomplished, in part, by increasing the scope of project-based learning and ensuring access to a broad array of academic resources.

Communication could be enhanced through greater clarity and publicizing of School Department process and procedures.Transparency could be improved through timelier provision of relevant materials and increased scheduling of interactive listening sessions. The budget, while inherently complex, could benefit from implementation of the Brookline Fiscal Advisory Committee’s recommendations, accompanying narrative explanations, and clear line items to better inform on important decisions. We should expand the use of advisory panels.

I am a near life-long Brookline resident who attended the Brookline Public Schools preK-12 (BHS Class of 2000). I graduated from Brandeis University (BA, ’04) and Boston University (JD, ’07). As an attorney, I practice in the private counsel division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services representing children and parents at the trial and appellate court levels. Many of my child clients are on Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) that I help formulate. Currently, I am the Vice Chair of the School Committee, the Chair of the Policy subcommittee, and a TMM in Precinct 15.

Dimitry Anselme
180 Naples Rd #2

Endorsed by
Brookline Parents Org
Brookline PAX

I see three challenges for BPS
1. Welcoming and onboarding a new Superintendent.
2. Addressing students’ emotional and mental well being.
3. Resource constraints. Our human resources cost takes up about 86% of our budget and so there is a lack of flexibility to fund innovative programs and new approaches.

Ideas for addressing these: I am looking forward to working with the new Superintendent. I would like to see a “welcoming” committee established to guide him this summer and help him develop a plan to meet stakeholders in town. It will be important to focus on developing relationships within the schools.Focusing on using pandemic-related federal funding to offer summer learning opportunities but also to prepare for the next school year by investing resources to assure that we have social workers, school psychologists and paraprofessionals to make sure that all students have adequate support as they resume in-person learning.Addressing our resource constraints is a longer-term effort. We need a Superintendent who will lead a collaborative process to develop a vision for education in Brookline and direct resources toward bringing that vision to reality.

Dimitry Anselme is the Executive Program Director for Professional Learning & Educator Support at Facing History & Ourselves.Dimitry taught History/Social Studies at Brookline high school and previously taught for Worcester Public Schools. Dimitry was also the High School Principal at the Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School in Boston.

Dimitry is originally from Haiti and grew up in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) and has been living in the Greater Boston area since 1985.

In his spare time, Mr. Anselme enjoys running 5k, 10k, and half-marathon races. He loves reading and the outdoors. He is a single dad of two boys who attend Brookline High School in Massachusetts.

2021 School Committee Candidates (1 year)

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Steven Ehrenberg
25 Stearns Rd

Endorsed by
Brookline Parents Org
Brookline PAX

stevenforbrookline.com

We must help students recover from a year of social, emotional, and learning losses. This requires spending federal and state funds earmarked for post-pandemic recovery on enrichment and after-school programs, and on counseling for returning students. It requires tackling core issues, such as a narrowed curriculum that reduces time for social studies and science. We can do this by refreshing our vision and strategy for PSB so that our curriculum is guided by our values.

All students should feel welcome and supported in our schools. We can better resource special education, sustain programs for gifted students, and support LGBTQ+ and students of color. We must make progress on racial equity, proactively recruiting leaders of color and fostering a community that supports teachers of color.

Lastly, we must rebuild trust and a culture of collaboration between administration, teachers, parents, and other community members. We can do this by facilitating more conversation around issues where there is common ground instead of meeting primarily at the bargaining table.

I am a parent of two children at Lawrence. For the past 15 years, I have designed and directed international educational programs for global nonprofits, improving access to quality education in places where resources are scarce.

Across these programs, I have looked to build consensus among disparate groups to create real and lasting educational change. The breadth of my education leadership experience provides me with a fluency in the wide range of matters that confront our school district.

I have a doctorate in international education from Columbia University. I am an active participant in Brookline’s education system, having served on the Educational Equity Parents Advisory Committee, and on Expert Advisory Panel #3 to support teachers’ use of education technologies during the pandemic.

Valerie Frias
20 Englewood Ave

Endorsed by
Brookline SEPAC

valfrias.com
@friasval

I will prioritize five key issues: (1) protecting school budgets during the pandemic, (2) centering the voices, inclusion, and safety of all PSB students, especially those who identify as AAPI, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+, (3) expanding student mental health services particularly during the ongoing pandemic, (4) ensuring special education services that support every PSB student, and (5) working with students to confront the climate crisis in classrooms, buildings, and planning.

My experience has prepared me for each of these challenges:

1. As Executive Director of a nonprofit with a $47 million budget, I know that budgets are values statements. I will manage the COVID-19 recovery with progressive, smart budget management.
2. Through activism and as former CEO of Boston PFLAG, an LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, I have spent my life fighting racism, hate, and discrimination. I will center student voices, diversity, equity and inclusion, and be a relentless advocate for welcoming, safe schools.
3. As a survivor, mom of kids who struggle, and a mental health advocate, I will fight to expand mental health services so that our students get the support they need.
4. As the parent of two children on IEPs, special education is personal. I’ll support maximally-feasible inclusion, co-teaching, and student-centered services so every student can flourish.
5. I have worked and advocated on climate issues for many years and will collaborate with students to identify and implement strategies to achieve green, clean schools.

We must transform the lessons of 2020-21 into a resilient school system for all children.

I’m a mom of two PSB 5th graders, attorney, nonprofit leader, and civil rights activist. I am CEO of a nonprofit serving elders and disabled adults, Board Member of Brookline SEPAC, tSEPAC Representative for Out of District placements, and on the Driscoll School Principal Search Committee.

2021 Housing Authority Candidate

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Michael Jacobs
41 Coolidge St
incumbent

Endorsed by
Brookline PAX

My first priority is the completion of the major redevelopment of the federal public housing properties, including permitting and successfully competing for funding of the proposed 115-unit Colonel Floyd development. When the federal portfolio is complete, this will result in 499 rehabilitated units and at least 55 new housing units.

While HUD has provided the BHA with tools to rehabilitate its federal program, the state Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) has failed to provide the resources to meet the needs of the BHA’s state-funded developments. Our three largest family developments containing 392 units, all of which are state properties, require significant rehabilitation dollars if they are to be long-term resources for the community. Identifying creative financing solutions to rehabilitate these developments is a critical objective.

The BHA’s mission is to provide safe and stable housing. This cannot be accomplished without recognizing that the needs of BHA residents—with a median household income of $16,518—go beyond physical shelter. A strong resident service program is also critical to our mission. While the BHA devotes a significant portion of its operating budget to services, exploring opportunities for additional funding or collaborations is critical for overall community well-being.

Originally trained as an urban planner, I bring diverse experience to my role as commissioner. I started my career at a community-based organization in East Harlem working on proposals for both housing and social service programs. I spent more than seven years at the Boston Housing Authority working with resident organizations and design professionals on the rehabilitation of the agency’s most troubled family developments. I have been involved in the financing of thousands of units of low and mixed income housing as a senior manager at MassHousing as well as a development/financial consultant.

2021 Constable Candidate (1 year)

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Samuel Botsford
24 Monmouth Ct #1

My name is Sam Botsford and I was raised in Brookline. I am running for the position of Constable because I want to bring empathy to a role in which I will be interacting with people in a vulnerable state.

Precinct 1 Town Meeting Member Candidates

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Cathleen Cavell
27 Monmouth Ct
incumbent

Endorsed by
Brookline PAX

The pandemic and 2020 have made visible many longstanding problems, including economic and racial inequities; neglect of BHA housing; need to plan middle income & affordable housing; loss of historic structures; overreliance on property tax revenue. Especially after the attack on the Capital and rhetoric that inspired it, I am committed to helping in small local ways to restore civility and respect for those who participate in civic life.

I’m a lawyer, teacher and progressive organizer. I graduated from Radcliffe College, Wesleyan University’s MAT program, and Boston University Law School. With my late husband Stanley, I raised two sons here; David ran for Congress from Brookline in 2020. I was Brookline’s lawyer 1977-1990, helped start Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts and served eight years on Governor Patrick’s Judicial Nominating Commission. As a DESE lawyer, I investigate and pursue license sanctions against unfit educators. I was an adjunct law professor for eight years at Boston College Law School and the Massachusetts School of Law, teaching about lawyers’ professional responsibilities. PAX endorsement.

Neil Gordon
87 Ivy St
incumbent

Endorsed by
Brookline PAX

@cdory28167

Precinct 1 faces many of the same issues at the town does more broadly. We have residents and businesses impacted by COVID. We struggle to balance a need for services with ability to pay, a need to grow and a need to preserve, a need for public safety and a need for fairness and equity. There’s a need for civil, rational discourse, for compromise, for humble winners and gracious losers, particular challenges in these fractious, polarized times (yes, even in Brookline).

I have a strong history of public and community service, served on active duty with the United States Navy, a Vietnam veteran, and an avid sailor and cyclist. As I’ve scaled back my corporate finance consulting work, I’ve focused more on service to Brookline. I’m active in local politics, and have endorsed Bernard Greene, Nancy Heller, Kate Poverman, and Val Frias in their town-wide election campaigns.

Carol Hillman
287 Kent St
incumbent

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Brookline PAX

Increasing school enrollments have led to the need for constant requests for operating budget and debt exclusion overrides. This puts added burdens on all Brookline residents, but especially the elderly. We must find a way to fund school and public needs without constant override requests. Perhaps a centralized budgeting process would help as in a mayoral form of government where all town needs are considered together when a budget is prepared. We need to address housing and zoning issues too.

Resident of Brookline since 2008; TMM for 12 years. Phi Beta Kappa honors graduate University of Wisconsin; MA from Cornell University. Corporate communications executive at Fortune 500 corporations. Served on boards of non-profits including Planned Parenthood League of MA, chaired The Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Partnership. Have been involved in Democratic politics since the age of 13. Worked to get government funds to restore Riverway Park and Carlton Street Footbridge.

Sean Lynn-Jones
53 Monmouth St
incumbent

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The most important Precinct 1 issues are the ones that affect the quality of life of its residents. I constantly work on those issues. Town-wide: (1) we need to carefully plan new residential and commercial development so that Brookline remains a great place to live for all residents, (2) after the pandemic, we need to restore excellence in Brookline’s schools.

Precinct 1 resident since 1995. Educated as a political scientist at Haverford and Harvard. Edited quarterly journal at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Led efforts to facilitate rapid opening of Beacon Street Whole Foods. Opposed cannabis retail store. Worked to redesign and renovate Monmouth Park and improve Monmouth Court. Former chair, Brookline Advisory Committee. Served on Zoning Bylaw Committee. Elected member, Brookline Democratic Town Committee. Board member, Brookline Neighborhood Alliance and Brookline GreenSpace Alliance. Life member, Brookline Historical Society. Coached for Brookline Soccer Club. Former Lawrence School parent, LEDP board. PAX endorsement.

Amy Evenson
71 Carlton St

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Covid has had a devastating impact on student learning and social/emotional development. It has exposed inequities in education access. Our community values high-quality public education. We need to align student needs, the education budget, and Town revenue.

Brookline is under tremendous pressure to increase housing. Brookline’s approach to growth will have a generational impact on its character, quality of life, sustainability, and affordability. To balance these factors, we need to improve our planning process and approach to regulation of growth and development.

My husband and I have been Brookline residents for 10 years. We look forward to raising our young children here. I am a transplant surgeon at BIDMC. I have an MPH and serve on the Lawrence School Site Council. My goal as a TMM is to advocate for the needs of our Precinct while adding my expertise in public health and education to the development of Town policies.

Precinct 2 Town Meeting Member Candidates

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Linda Olson Pehlke
48 Browne St
incumbent

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First and foremost is recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Many lost jobs or income, our physical and mental health have been battered, and we suffered the loss of loved ones, friends, and neighbors. Our local businesses have struggled, and some may not make it. We need to recommit to community and connection to help us all survive and once again thrive.

Pct. 2 is in need of improved tree cover and green spaces. Pct. 2 has the greatest population density in town and many small apartments and condominiums without private green space. We should expand these resources.

I’ve lived in Brookline 32 years. I am a professional urban planner, researcher and freelance writer. I serve on the Select Board’s Climate Action Committee, the Transportation Board and Zoning By-Law Committee. I’m founder and President of Friends of the Minot Rose Garden and the author of Exploring the Paths of Brookline.

Susan Roberts
69 Green St
incumbent

Given widespread development in North Brookline, we must address how economic growth is best promoted and implemented throughout Town, not only in our neighborhoods. Development is intertwined with other principal challenges, including maintaining excellence in our schools, addressing systemic racism, and protecting the climate.

The interrelationship of the above must be studied holistically, with input from a wide and diverse representation of residents as stakeholders in Brookline’s future. Band-aid fixes are not the answer. Let’s invest in this important work.

My family’s Brookline roots span 4 generations. Born here, I grew up in Needham, moving back to Coolidge Corner to raise my children who graduated Brookline Public Schools. I am a real estate attorney. During my 9 years on Town Meeting, I’ve served on Advisory Committee and the Coolidge Corner Study Committee. I’m a member of Brookline by Design which addresses comprehensive zoning and real estate development in our Town.

Livia Schachter-Kahl
200 Saint Paul St
incumbent

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One of the most critical issues we face in Precinct No. 2 is development. Development has numerous impacts on the town, including safety, schools, parking, density and traffic. In particular, massive developments without a comprehensive plan threaten to compromise the character of our neighborhoods. While some development is expected, each project must be carefully scrutinized to ensure that the best interest of the precinct is being served and to retain the character of the Coolidge Corner neighborhood.

Lifelong Brookline resident having attended FRR and BHS. Former FRR PTO co-president. Married with two daughters that both graduated from the FRR school and BHS. Formerly on the board of Steps to Success. Attorney for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for 30 years. Town meeting member since 2014.

Jacqueline Baum
194 Saint Paul St

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Brookline is faced with challenges in terms of its growth and accompanying development. Expanding both our commercial and residential footprints needs to proceed with mindful planning so as not to overwhelm any given neighborhood. The Town also appears to be at a crossroads in terms of how it will confront issues of social justice in housing, policing etc. and I would like to be a voice in shaping that outcome.

My family and I moved to Brookline 20 years ago. My daughter and son both attended FRR and BHS. I am a past FRR PTO co-president. I have been a co-owner of 2 Boston area food businesses, Cooking Culture Caterers and Trillfoods.

M. Ari Behar
134 Pleasant St #3

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The most critical issues facing Brookline are keeping the budget under control while preserving the quality of services and keeping residents safe from the pandemic while helping local businesses survive.

Although the overnight street parking ban is beneficial in many ways, it needs significant work to allow more short-term exceptions with less red tape.

“Garage orphans,” who don’t own parking spots, are disadvantaged by not being able to install electric vehicle chargers. Although the town has begun addressing this issue, the response has been too limited. A phased-in mandate for EVERY rented parking spot to be charger-equipped is needed.

Michael Ari Behar grew up in Sharon, MA. He attended Maimonides School in Brookline and went on to earn a Computer Science degree from Harvard College and J.D. from Boston University. He is a practicing patent attorney and a Brookline resident since 2003 (Precinct 2 since 2009).

Christopher Kahl
200 Saint Paul St

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For me, the most important issue in precinct #2 is currently development. The Coolidge Corner area has been a popular location for development with new projects consistently being proposed every few months. This includes the recent proposal on Green Street, as well the Waldo Street development. From my prior experience as a Town Meting Member, I know that development projects are more likely to get approved as proposed if there is no opposition. When TMMs and town residents speak up against size, traffic, safety, or another any other aspect of a proposed development, the developer is more likely to revise the project in order to mitigate or possibly eliminate these issues.

I work in the utility industry and have been a Brookline resident since 1986. I served as town meeting member from 2003 to 2010. Married with two daughters that graduated from the Brookline School System.

Kimberly Richardson
347 Saint Paul St

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The first issue in my precinct and in the town is Covid-19 including access to testing and vaccinations. The second issue is achieving racial justice and equity.

My name is Kimberley Richardson; I am a low income, black, single mother. I have lived in Brookline since 2013. I am a mother of 8 and grandmother of 2. I have worked for the Trial Court for 24 years. I am also a MSW candidate at BUSSW. I used to feel a sense of not belonging, but over the last few years, I realized I do belong in Brookline–I just need to work to improve the quality of lives of BHA residents. Representing Precinct 2 will give me the opportunity to speak up, and to work with others to foster change. This work will give a voice to those who are underrepresented, making Brookline more equitable for all its residents.

Precinct 3 Town Meeting Member Candidates

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Jeffrey Benson
101 Stearns Rd
incumbent

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We need a comprehensive housing affordability plan, one that grows from the grass roots needs of residents more than developers, to create opportunities for home buyers and renters at all income levels. If we get this right we address the overlapping areas of climate sustainability, school size, public transportation, inclusion and equity, and our tax base. We need to work on each of those critical issues separately for now.

I’ve lived at the end of Stearns Road for 25 years. My two children went to Brookline schools K-12. I am a former teacher and principal, and now help schools be successful with more diverse learners. Prior to and since becoming a TMM, I have supported efforts to give voice and access to residents, so that our collective perspectives and needs build a more responsive town.

Dennis Doughty
57 Perry St
incumbent

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Recovering from COVID-19’s effect on our community (especially schools and local businesses) will dominate. In addition, we face challenges in the areas of racial inequities, effective housing policy, climate change, and restoring trust in government.

30+ year resident of Brookline. Member of Advisory Committee (6 years); Chair of Administration & Finance Subcommittee; member of Schools Subcommittee. MIT graduate. Married, two children, both attended Lawrence Elementary and BHS. Active participant in task forces investigating and setting policies for: Virtual Town Meeting, Electronic Document Distribution, Sidewalk Safety, Pay-As-You-Throw, and Leaf Blower usage. Developed analytical tools used to help with school enrollment analysis and site option selection. Active for years in Lawrence School PTO including as director of annual fundraiser. Technology professional.

Jane Gilman
140 Sewall Ave
incumbent

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Precinct 3 and Coolidge Corner are being developed without a plan and throughout Town, willy-nilly spot zoning is creating a spotty town. Brookliners are being excluded from neighborhood planning. We deserve to be included. Current development plans fail to advance economic diversity and these projects benefit only developers. We should enrichen our community with plans to turn renters into owners, and increase transportation options to create pathways to the middle class. We must have town-wide, inclusive community planning that considers the long-range impacts on our climate, character, infrastructure, quality of life, commercial vitality, sustainability, housing affordability and historic assets. I back the Community Preservation Act to support preservation, open space, public housing and recreation.

Town Meeting Member 2008-Present;Co-founder Green Caucus; Co-petitioner to ban Single Use Plastic Water Bottles; Selectman’s Committee to Study Bottled Water; Brookline By Design Steering Committee.

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Gary Jones
70 Francis St
incumbent

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One of the most important issues is preserving the wonderful H.H. Richardson house on the corner of Kent St. and Longwood Avenue. It is perhaps the most significant building in precinct 3. The other important issue is building affordable housing where it is already dense, such as Coolidge Corner and Rte. 9. Affordable housing should be built over town parking lots and town property.

I served in the MA House of Representatives with Ed Markey. Ed and I co-sponsored reform legislation for open meeting laws, campaign financial reporting and a host of other important issues. I have a Bachelors in Business Administration from Notre Dame and two Masters Degrees in Government and Creative Writing from Harvard. I’m married to Marsha Jones and we have three adult children and seven grandchildren. I’m a former Boston schoolteacher and I very strongly support Brookline schools and more diversity in Brookline.

Donald Leka
140 Sewall Ave
incumbent

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Issues are opportunities. We face the opportunity to increase diversity and opportunity while ensuring the vitality of our Neighborhoods. Many initiatives such as Community Preservation and “Rent to Own” hold potential for progress, but such efforts hinge on thoughtful community planning based on shared vision and values. That is why I support Brookline By Design. Their program offers viable solutions against the current nightmare of spot zoning and demolition culture. I am more enthusiastic than ever about the future of our town.

Brookline resident since 1996, Town Meeting Member since 2012. Member, Green Caucus. Steering Committee, Spend Smart Brookline. Precinct Captain, Heather Hamilton for Select Board campaign. Condominium Association President. Graduate of Yale and Harvard Law School, career as Senior Counsel at Gillette and Teradyne. Chamber musician, keyboardist for Unredacted Jazz Ensemble.

Gina Hahn
201 Longwood Ave

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We need growth with vision and inclusion. As they say at Brookline High: We create the culture we want. We need to extend this thinking to our community’s built environment as well. Brookline needs a better planning process to guide development, especially in denser areas like Precinct 3 and Coolidge Corner. The process should be comprehensive, inclusive, and neighborhood-based in order to prioritize shared values like equity, sustainability, and livability. If we want long-term outcomes that benefit not just developers but our whole community, then we need to approach planning in a thoughtful, proactive way.

Thirteen-year resident of Brookline and mother of two teenage children who have gone through the Brookline Public Schools (BHS and Lawrence). Founding member of the Lawrence School Green Team; member, Mothers Out Front; graduate of Amherst College and a former staff editor at The Atlantic.

Michael Zoorob
45 Longwood Ave

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The Town’s most critical issue is land use because it shapes so much else: racial justice, housing affordability, environmental sustainability, economic development, and quality of life. Zoning is how our values become concrete (or green space). I support revising the zoning by-law to foster housing affordability for all incomes and ages; incentivize greener building practices such as fossil fuel free construction and transit oriented development; and increase economic and racial integration. Good planning incorporates all voices, including renters, younger people, low-income people, and people of color. To this end, I co-petitioned two successful Warrant Articles to expand notices about community meetings (e.g. demolition hearings) previously sent only to property owners to also be sent to renters.

PhD Candidate in Government at Harvard University; Brookline for Everyone Board Member; Brookline PAX Board Member; Select Board Committee on Policing Reforms; Select Board Cannabis Mitigation Advisory Committee.

Precinct 4 Town Meeting Member Candidates

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Sarah Axelrod
41 Bowker St
incumbent

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There are multiple critical issues that the town is facing and one of our challenges is to prioritize them, so the appropriate time and financial resources are made available. I would say affordable housing and addressing social justice issues rise to the top of my list. But these are followed closely by issues in the school system, senior services, development, and budget allocations. A top priority for me is how we have civil and respectful discourse as we work together to tackle these issues.

TMM since 1995, 2 family homeowner, 2 daughters in their 20’s. Prior member of various school related committees including 10 years on the board of the Lawrence Extended Day Program (treasurer for 3) and currently Treasurer of Boston Workers Circle. Employed by Harvard University as the AVP, Office for Sponsored Programs.

Sarah Boehs
179 Aspinwall Ave
incumbent

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The most critical issues in the Town are: (1) restoring safe, supportive, full-time, in-person learning to our public schools and, relatedly, repairing the relationship between town residents and the teachers’ union; (2) supporting mental health services for all residents and staff after a grueling year-plus; and (3) looking out for the interests of our most vulnerable residents, especially those who were economically impacted by the pandemic.

I am a 16 year resident of Brookline. I support environmentally responsible policies, public services, affordable housing, diversity, and social justice. My children attend Lawrence School. It would be a privilege to continue to represent Precinct 4.

Martha Farlow
8 Bowker St
incumbent

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The first critical issue in Town is trust. All of us need to hear many other points of view. Voices have been raised about race, housing, gender, social status, and income, issues magnified by the pandemic. Rightly or not, anger and lack of trust in each other and present leaders have grown. Various TM members, Town officials, health and safety professionals, the School Committee and teachers are some citizens being seen in a negative light. Whether necessary or not, the negativity must be owned and sorted before we can proceed with the values so many of us share.

I’ve been a TM member since 2007, and deeply value the opportunities afforded me to learn about Brookline, and help effect changes. A teacher for 40 years, I’ve lived and worked in Town since 1970. Much of my political effort has gone toward those who are inclusive and thoughtful.

Daniel Fishman
11 Hurd Rd
incumbent

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Our town is at a crossroads. The pandemic devastated almost every aspect of our community and society. The Town budget was insufficient before the pandemic. Our housing stock is expensive and getting more expensive. Our town can choose to address these issues full-on or with half measures and Band-Aids. We need to go big.

have been involved in various progressive causes both locally and statewide including serving on the board of directors for the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action and the Brookline Democratic Town Committee. I currently practice employment law from my 950 square foot condo that also serves as my wife’s virtual fourth grade classroom and my 14 month old son’s daycare.

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12 Tabor Pl

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The most critical issue is how Brookline copes with the ongoing public health, economic, and racial equity crises. Even as we prepare for life post-COVID, local businesses/restaurants will continue to need support, residents will continue to need a strong social safety net, students will need additional socioemotional and academic resources, and we must confront the effects of systemic racism in Brookline. We should strive to make Brookline affordable and welcoming to people of all backgrounds.

I am a senior research scientist studying planetary space physics at BU. I have lived in Brookline since 2014, was caucused in as a TMM in 2020, and serve on the Pedestrian Advisory Committee. My husband and I have two children who will attend Pierce. I support progressive policies, transparency, and accountability.

Precinct 4 Town Meeting Member Candidate (two years)

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Jennifer Raitt
2 Harvard Sq #1

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I am Jennifer Raitt, running for the Town Meeting Precinct 4, two-year term. My home is Harvard Square in Brookline Village since 2013. I am the parent of a 2019 BHS graduate. Through my professional work in housing, community development, and urban planning for government and nonprofits for 25 years, I strive to create equitable places and build capacity to make change possible. As a Brookline Housing Advisory Board member, I see how closely affordable housing issues are tied to other critical community issues including transportation, economic stability and mobility, equity and racial justice, and climate resiliency. As a Town Meeting Member, I plan to focus on improved attention to our business community, community recovery from the pandemic, the long-range fiscal sustainability and economic health of our community through the lens of racial and social justice. I am excited to work with and advocate for our Precinct.

Precinct 5 Town Meeting Member Candidates

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Robert Daves
9 Upland Rd
incumbent

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I have always been proud of TM as a shining example of democracy. Open and accessible, we debate with civility and, through our traditional, sometime messy process, come to consensus. Lately, however, it’s felt different.We have to balance the pressing demands of housing, sustainability, schools and public works. But the clear question is: Are we providing equitably for all who live and work in Brookline? The recent debates to address historic oversights and realign our budget has felt contentious and fragmented, leaving our administrators often without clear directives and/or support.The biggest challenge we have as the largest town in the state is to come together to redefine our values as a community and then work to develop clear strategic goals for a better Brookline.

TMM since 2003; Trustee of Brookline Community Foundation; Member, MLK Committee; Led efforts to recognize artist John Wilson and tenor Roland Hayes.

Faith Michaels
108 Upland Rd
incumbent

I see myself as a representative of my neighborhood and a communicator.

I have set up the P5 and I live in Pill Hill groups and ask for community input on all warrant articles and issues to help make Town Meeting more accessible. As a former Transportation Board member, I was the driving (no pun intended) force behind traffic calming and installing lights at Cypress and Walnut and Walnut and Kennard to protect our children. I co-authored the warrant article which limited the hours NETA was allowed to operate and was able to restore some peace to the neighborhood. As co-founder of the Kids Clothes Club, we have delivered over 100,000 warm new coats to Boston area children in the last thirty years. I am a big supporter of all of Brookline’s small businesses especially since I own a small business based right here in Brookline.
It’s been an over 30 year ride here in Brookline and my work in the community is a long list which I will not bore you with. What I can say
is it is what I love about Brookline. The ability to identify issues and to make things better.
Last year, I galvanized the community to produce over 36,000 medical face shields and deliver them to the Boston medical community. It taught me that there is nothing we cannot do if we work to do it together! I hope that I can earn your vote once more and keep up the communication.
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Phyllis O’Leary
16 Jamaica Rd
incumbent

I am a life long resident of precinct five and have been a town meeting member for many years, I believe that In order for the town to continue to provide the services that we need and enjoy it is important to support smart and thoughtful commercial development, doing this will help lessen the burden of rising taxes & rents that homeowners & renters face.I have advocated and voted for public educational programs, parks,police, fire, DPW, affordable housing.

My family and I, all attended Sewall, Lincoln and Brookline High.

Worked as Parent Coordinator Lincoln & Pierce Schools.

Board member of Greater Point Association.

Auctioneer selling antiques.

Husband: George, retired DPW worker

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William Reyelt
121 Chestnut St
incumbent

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Have met many P5 neighbors through the Lincoln School community, so maintaining and improving the quality and equity of our schools is issue I hear about the most. The critical underlying issue is finding the revenue, resources, and efficiencies that will allow us to continue to improve and invest in all the town services, facilities, and human capital that make Brookline a great place to live. A key related challenge is how to do this without creating additional financial pressure for our most vulnerable residents and small businesses while expanding rather than limiting access to our schools and the broader opportunity to live in Brookline.

28-year Boston/Brookline resident; P5 since 2009. TMM since 2014 – Green Caucus. Two daughters attended Lincoln. Former PTO Green Team co-chair. Spouse: Olivia, Driscoll teacher. River Road Study Committee. Boylston St Visioning Group. Yes4Brookline P5 coordinator. GPNA & WalkBoston Board. Profession: housing administration & planning.

Claire Stampfer
50 Sargent Crossway
incumbent

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(1) Brookline needs to enact sustainable practices to cope with our changing climate and (2) to develop a larger commercial sector to increase our revenue base to support the needs of our diverse community.

Since 2012 I have been a Precinct 5 Town Meeting Member and am running for my fourth 3 year term. In 2018 I was appointed to the Advisory Committee and am on its Sustainability and Human Services Subcommittees. I am the Secretary of the Green Caucus of Town Meeting. In 2019 I retired from my rheumatology practice at the Cambridge Hospital. My husband, Dr. Meir Stampfer, does research in disease prevention at the Harvard School of Public Health. We have three children, two of whom are graduates of Brookline High School.

Anthony Flint
254 Walnut St

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I’d like to help make Brookline an even more welcoming place for everyone, to ensure economic diversity, which I think strengthens the community. I would also work to expand climate action at the local level with policies that increase our sustainability and resilience. We are blessed with a system of parks, urban villages, and abundance of transit, that are key elements of a thriving, sustainable community.

I’m the proud father of two boys, one a junior at Brookline High School and one in 7th grade at Lincoln. I’m deeply engaged in issues of importanceinPrecinct5 as the Vice President of the High Street Hill Association. My day job is at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, where I’m engaged in writing and research about urban planning and sustainability around the world. Brookline is a model community — but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn from best practices elsewhere.

Precinct 6 Town Meeting Member Candidates

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John Bassett
26 Searle Ave
incumbent

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Schools, including the Pierce which serves most kids in this precinct, and money. The pandemic has reduced revenues at the same time as needs for buildings and services have increased. We may need an override and debt exclusions. Both increase costs to residents at a time when many incomes are down.

Town Meeting Member since 1981. Served on Comprehensive Plan Commission, Arts Council, Advisory Committee, Pierce PTO, and several Design Advisory Teams. Helped start the Brookline Quezalguaque (Nicaragua) Sister City Project. Past co–chair Brookline Neighborhood Alliance. Retired carpenter/builder. Musician (Too Klez for Comfort). Glass sculptor. Married to Christina Wolfe.

Arthur Conquest III
115 Tappan St
incumbent

Covid 19 is a critical issue in Precinct 6, home to BHS and Pierce Elementary. Some students residing in public housing haven’t had in-school educational services for a year; lap-tops issued to many of them by the School Department were/are defective, and/or their residences lack Wi-Fi hook-up. And there’s also the ongoing controversy involving the Brookline Police Department: the “Walk and Talk,” “School Resource Officer” and the “Field Interrogation” Programs”, that need to be revisited.

Resident and homeowner 39 years, with wife, Virginia. Two children graduated BHS. Outward Bound instructor, public high school teacher and administrator, NYC, Stanford CT, Boston. Town Meeting Member, 21 years. BHS PTO, president, ’92; BHS School Site Council, ’94-’98. Brookline Adult & Community Education Advisory Board, president since ’02; Town Meeting Members Association, President ’19 -’21; Member of Indigenous People’s Committee, ‘18-Present; Member of the Committee to Select Superintendent of Public Schools of Brookline, 2020.

Chris Dempsey
43 Brington Rd
incumbent

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We need to get our public schools back on-track after a challenging year for students, educators, and parents. Town Meeting can help by advancing a thoughtful budget that provides our schools with the resources they need. Long-term support of Brookline’s education system and our excellent town services will require growth of the commercial tax base, which must be done in ways that strengthen our community’s character as a historic “streetcar suburb” of walkable, transit-oriented neighborhoods. Brookline must work to become a more welcoming place for people of all races and income-levels; that requires continued self-reflection and a concerted effort to develop inclusive processes and public policies.

Brookline Transportation Board Chair. Town Meeting Member since 2012. Day job: Director of the Transportation for Massachusetts advocacy coalition. Proud graduate of Pierce School, Brookline High School, Pomona College, and Harvard Business School.

Daniel Saltzman
62 White Pl
incumbent

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The most critical issue, that I’ll continue focusing on, is the rapid development happening in Brookline Village, and how that development has, and will affect our neighborhoods’ quality of life, and our schools. I support reasonable development that respects our existing residents. If re-elected, above all, I will always advocate for our neighbors and their neighborhoods.

17-year White Place resident with wife Jen Amigone. Two kids at Pierce, one at BHS. I’m a co-chair of the Brookline Neighborhood Alliance, and board chair of Brookline Interactive Group. On the town’s Zoning Bylaw Committee, and Town Meeting Member for 6 years. Previously on the Davis Path Committee that appropriately zoned the hotel behind White Place, minimizing impacts on the neighborhood. Zealous advocacy for reasonable regulations of NETA to minimize impact on the surrounding area. I’m an attorney in child welfare cases, and own an educational technology consulting business.

Ryan Black
10 Davis Ave

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Our form of government allows for a great deal of public participation. In practice, however, several Brookline residents are not engaged in Town affairs. We need to make Brookline’s government more accessible; for instance, we should make remote Zoom participation a permanent option and revamp the Town’s website. Also, we must reach out to Brookline’s youth, seniors, and renters — and not just plug them into Town government but address the barriers which prevent their involvement.

I’m a 26-year-old renter, who after moving to Brookline in 2018 got involved in progressive activism. Through the Democratic Socialists of America, I helped get Cambridge’s Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler elected and ran canvasses for Bernie Sanders. In Brookline, I’ve joined the movement to reallocate money from policing to social services; I’m one of Brookline Budget Justice’s general coordinators. I also organized support for bus lanes in Gateway East.

Liam Hafter
98 Cypress St

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First time candidate hoping to bring a young, fresh perspective to TM. Currently a full time hospital emergency manager working toward my MBA. Priorities include: incentivizing renewable energy, supporting all community members by increasing our social services, increasing voter turnout in local elections, and maintaining our town form of government. I believe that difficult conversations, especially ones that are critical to status quo or where we disagree vehemently, are necessary for good government.

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Natalia Linos
336 Washington St

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The most critical issue for the Town is to ensure an equitable COVID-19 recovery, meeting the needs of all residents today and putting us on a path to a better and sustainable future. Supporting schools, small businesses and families to get back on their feet will be key.

I am a social epidemiologist and Executive Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard. I grew up in Athens, Greece and previously worked for the United Nations for over a decade on some of the most pressing global challenges from climate change to gender equality. With my husband, Paul, we have three energetic children: Amalia (2nd Grader at Pierce) and 3 year old twins, Leonidas and Alexandra. In 2020 I ran to represent our district in Congress, hoping to bring my skills as an epidemiologist, and experience at the NYC Health Department, to the COVID-19 response.

Precinct 7 Candidates for Town Meeting

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Susan Cohen
23 Littell Rd
incumbent

The most important issue: destruction of lovely, old homes. Schools notwithstanding, architecture draws families to our quaint town. Homes bought by developers are turned into luxury condos, boasting no architectural resonance with their surroundings. I am for smart development (e.g. the Colonel Floyd senior apartments on Marion St.) and welcome improvement. I am against the proposed structure at 209 Harvard St. The footprint reaches property lines on both Alton Place and Stearns Rd., and will cause abutters to lose sunlight. Some seem much more concerned about Brookline expanding our population rather than taking care of the needs of people actually living here now. I support the CPA, a 1% tax, because the money goes to support green space, historic preservation and affordable housing, all of which I also support.

Precinct 7, 15+ years

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Longtime resident and homeowner

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Christi Electris
15 Park Vale
incumbent

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Among the most densely populated precincts in town, P7’s socioeconomically-diverse residents rely daily on strong public transit, walkable/bikeable streets, shared green spaces and parks, making it my priority to ensure town services and infrastructure have adequate funding, local businesses succeed, and that development is socially equitable and environmentally responsible. Two major development projects are coming to our precinct this term – the much needed redevelopment of Brookline Housing Authority’s Colonel Floyd Apartments which will modernize and expand access to affordable housing in our precinct, and the overdue major renovation of the Pierce School that could transform our town’s center.

Dedicated climate and social justice activist, co-founder of nonprofit working at intersection of sustainability, finance, and economic development. Pierce parent, School Site Council member, Green Schools advocate, Safe Routes to School Co-Chair, Climate Action Brookline board, Green Caucus and Mothers Out Front member. Endorsed by PAX and Brookline for Everyone.

Susan Granoff
52 Vernon St
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The key issue facing our town and precinct is how to how to keep Brookline affordable for our middle- class and lower-income residents while financing much-needed improvements in our schools, parks, libraries, fire stations, and Senior Center. (The renovation of Pierce is essential.) Another critical issue is helping our town and our residents, schools, and businesses recover from the impact of COVID.

Town Meeting Member (2015- ). Advisory Committee member (2018- ). Organized successful “Save Stop&Shop“ campaign (2016). PAX-endorsed. Precinct 7 resident over 31 years. Brookline resident 36 years: first as young married, then as single mom of two teenagers, now as retired attorney and grandmother of Brookline High student. After 25-year publishing career, became Harvard Law graduate and employment-law attorney. Chair, Moderator’s Committee on Elderly Tax Relief; Chair, BrooklineCAN’s advocacy committee for seniors; Vice-President, Coolidge Corner Southside Neighborhood Association. Introduced successful modest-income senior property tax relief legislation.

Jonathan Margolis
49 Harvard Ave
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The primary challenges I see for Brookline are: (1) How to meet challenges of development, diversity, equity and density in the next 10-15 years. Brookline needs comprehensive and robust planning at the community level, which I have pushed for and was the reason for the proposal that I call Brookline 2036. The absence of such planning can be seen in the monstrosity under construction on Harvard Street. (2) Dealing with underlying financial challenges that will not be solved by one-time state or federal aid.

Since 2006 I have been known as a strong and independent voice in Town Meeting (and on the Board of the Public Library). I was principal sponsor of the warrant article limiting use of non-disclosure agreements, passed by a substantial majority over the opposition of most of the town establishment.

I oppose the proposal to turn Brookline into a city.

In my professional life, I am a civil rights lawyer.

Chi Chi Wu
14 Marion Ter

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There are a number of complex issues facing Brookline – structural deficits despite being a well-off community, adequate resources to maintain excellent schools, affordable housing, climate change, reimagining policing – it’s hard to name just one or two. One thing I’ll mention is giving more visibility to the Asian American community. I’m a co-founder of the Brookline Asian American Family Network. We are the largest minority in Brookline – 17% of residents and 20% of students. We’ve faced a challenging year due to hate and racism, frankly encouraged by our former President. Learn about BAAFN’s suggested concrete steps for Brookline to support Asian Americans at this website.

Brookline resident since 1993, son attended Pierce and BHS. Member of the Task Force on Re-imagining Policing, and recent addition to Advisory Committee. My day job is a consumer advocate with a national nonprofit. The credentials: Harvard Law (J.D.), Johns Hopkins University (B.A.).

Amanda Zimmerman
411 Washington St

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Brookline has an ever increasing housing affordability problem (for both low- and middle income households) that will only be worsened by the economic aftermath of the current pandemic. Housing affordability is an economic justice, racial justice, and climate change issue, and we have many tools in our arsenal we could use to address this, if we act with purpose and urgency (find out more at brooklineforeveryone.com). Other critical issues include: combating climate change, making our streets less centered around cars and more centered around people, improving transit (trains AND buses) especially on our major corridors, and making our town government more representative of (and focused on the needs of) all town residents.

Amanda Zimmerman (she/her/hers) is a neuroscientist and biomedical engineer with a background in spinal cord injury research. She is a parent to an FRR first-grader and a preschooler, and co-founder of Brookline for Everyone.

Precinct 8 Candidates for Town Meeting

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Tracie Burns
100 Beals St
incumbent

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I originally ran for Town Meeting to bring another voice advocating for policies to address Climate Change, fossil fuel-free planning, safe bike lanes, and improved public transit. But Town Meeting requires making informed voting decisions on so many additional topics that are equally important. Other areas Brookline must address in the near future include social justice policies and increasing affordable housing. In addition, the Brookline Financial Advisory Committee recommendations should be heeded as we need to better align our revenues and costs, as well as create new ways to diversify our revenue base.

Co-coordinator of Brookline Mothers Out Front, Board of Directors of Biking Brookline. I have two sons, one attending BHS, and one who graduated from BHS. I use the public library often, frequent local restaurants, bakeries, and retail shops and hope for vibrant, diverse downtown retail districts. Endorsed by PAX & Brookline for Everyone.

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David-Marc Goldstein
22 Osborne Rd
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Brookline’s Town Meeting form of government is designed to encourage citizen participation, and we need to have more neighbors’ voices heard. We face serious issues in Precinct 8 and North Brookline. It’s important for all of us to find common ground. Civil communication and participation are key to finding equitable solutions to our town’s problems (housing, schools, seniors’ issues, etc.).

I ask for your vote so I can continue to ensure that our neighborhood’s concerns are heard at Town Hall.

Born and raised in Brookline’s Precinct 8. Attended Brookline schools. Incumbent Town Meeting Member (1984-Present). I serve on the Town’s Advisory (Finance) Committee (2015-Present), serving on the Public Safety (Police, Fire) and Human Services (Library, Veterans, Council on Aging, Health) subcommittees. I also serve on the Steering Committee, North Brookline Neighborhood Association. Served on the Coolidge Corner District Planning Council and helped to create the Graffam/McKay Local Historic District.

Anita Johnson
41 Osborne Rd
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Please vote for the Community Preservation Act, which will provide additional funding to the Town for public parks and open spaces, historic preservation, and affordable housing. I support thoughtful zoning changes to allow additional development of housing and retail, particularly near public transportation, that is consistent with the architectural character of the Town. Rethinking the current onerous parking requirements associated with housing development. Brookline’s initial responses to the climate crisis are great, and I support additional measures involving buildings, transportation, trees, and renewable electricity production.

Vice President, Brookline GreenSpace Alliance
Brookline Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Member
WalkBoston Board of Directors, Member
Town Meeting Member, Precinct 8, 2008 — present
Assistant U.S. Attorney (recently retired), trying affirmative and defensive cases on behalf of federal government agencies. Previously: Peace Corps volunteer, Tanzania; Public Citizen’s Health Research Group; and Environmental Defense Fund.
J.D., Boston University Law School.
M.A., Philosophy, Indiana University.

Edward Loechler
106 Beals St
incumbent

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Michael Toffel
25 Abbottsford Rd
incumbent

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As a Town Meeting Member, I want to help ensure Brookline remains a diverse community with excellent public schools and services, a vibrant economy, and a sustainability leader. I want Town government to exhibit more transparency, diversity, and inclusion to better demonstrate progressive values. Brookline needs more strategic planning to manage school growth, residential and commercial development, neighborhood-scale affordable housing, and improved maintenance of our libraries, parks, and town and school buildings. We need to implement Brookline’s Complete Streets policy to make our streets safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers. Brookline’s sustainability leadership must include fixing gas leaks, encouraging walking/biking/buses, and green electricity.

Father of two sons at Brookline High. Served on Brookline Fiscal Advisory Committee (BFAC), PSB Expert Panel 3 on remote learning, FFR School Council. Harvard Business School professor of environmental management and operations management. UC Berkeley PhD. Yale Master’s of Environmental Management + MBA.

Isaac Silberberg
9 Greenway Ct

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We shouldn’t just return to how things were prior to the pandemic. We must ensure Brookline can be home to thriving small and local businesses, foster an inclusive community that better meets our ideals, and empower everyone to help fight climate change. Most critically, I’ll think about, and act on, these challenges in a cohesive and effective manner.

Isaac is a proud graduate of Brookline public schools and former Town Meeting Member. He voted to make Brookline a sustainability leader in decarbonizing infrastructure, introduced legislation to assist financially vulnerable homeowners, and helped spearhead the campaign to build the High School expansion now nearing completion. Isaac has an economics degree from MIT and if not at JP Licks or Kupels he’s available at isaacsilberberg@gmail.com or 617-943-1446.

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Arden Reamer
72 Stedman St

 

I support town-wide access and equity so that Brookline is inclusive for ALL of our community members and progressive environmental policy to combat the climate crisis.

I am a lifelong resident of Brookline invested in our community, local businesses and schools. My husband and I have 2 middle school age children who attend the Florida Ruffin Ridley School and our dog, Oreo. My mother and brother are also long time Brookline residents. For 3 years I served as PTO Treasurer and Devotion School Building Committee Parent Representative. I have a Master’s in Education and in Business Administration, and spent my early years in social work with underserved communities and in the Massachusetts Office for Administration and Finance. Most importantly, I am willing to do the hard work to make this Town the most inclusive, equitable and sustainable place on Earth. Please let me know what I can do for you!

Precinct 9 Candidates for Town Meeting

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Martin Rosenthal
62 Columbia St
incumbent

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Budget issues, affordable housing & preserving neighborhoods; but most heated are well-intentioned but excessive and often governmentally/factually reckless anti-racism tactics that overly criticize and try crudely cutting “our” (excellent) Police. By cavalierly misrepresenting “complaints” like Alston’s-Pilot’s-Zerai’s, some (even our Diversity Comm’n) attack our motives, building walls not bridges — discouraging sorely-needed residential diversity. We desperately need more civility/respect, less (yes, really) Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Devotion-’60, BHS-’64, Harvard-’68, Stanford Law (& Poli.Sci M.A.). SaraAnn (Devo-’11,-BHS-‘15)’s dad. Litigation lawyer (criminal & attorney-discipline). Public defender (‘73-90); Managing Attorney, CJI, Harvard Law (‘90-2). Co-chair, MA Citizens Against Death Penalty ‘94-‘02; MA Sentencing Commission 2014-18; ACLU-MA Bd./Dirs. ‘85-99; Selectman ‘85-88; TMM ’79- (100% attendance); CTO&S ‘89- ; Advisory ‘83-85; Diversity Commiss’n By-Law Drafting ‘13-14; Co-chair Brookline PAX; Police/Community Relations Report ‘87; Police Reform Committee ‘19-; sanctuary policies ‘85-‘06-‘17. BY-LAWS: selectmen Police Commissioners; sidewalk-shoveling; restaurants’ bathrooms; political-signs; 2-hour parking permits; Transportation Bd. under T/M; meetings e-notices etc.

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Judith Vanderkay
16 Columbia St
incumbent

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Affordable housing! Precinct 9 is being overrun by developers of luxury housing — both 40B projects and by-right — who ignore neighbors’ concerns. Historic buildings and lower-cost housing are being razed, and our streetscape’s becoming increasingly unfriendly, as high-rises replace open space and low structures. The 40Bs include only token affordable units, and the others just entice more millionaires. We don’t need more luxury housing! But that’s what we’ll get if the developers stay in charge. Instead, we need a plan, to direct our growth to serve not just the rich but all residents.

I‘m working with a constituent group focused on Precinct 9, and a townwide group, Brookline By Design, seeking to jump-start creation of a longterm housing and zoning plan.

Brookline homeowner since 1983; two sons went to BPS. TMM since 2011; Library Trustee since 2007. B.A., Smith College; M.A., UWisconsin; MBA, Simmons. Consultant to technology trade associations.

George Abbott White
143 Winchester St
incumbent

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Chief lesson these last five years have taught, particularly under COVID’s scourge, is the importance of responsible, inclusive, caring and competent government. I support Brookline”s refusal to consider either long term or current issues in isolation. Quality public services are not separated from the diversity of providers, working towards “Green” Brookline doesn’t mean neglecting our elderly or very young. North Brookline overwhelmed by “gut and rehabs” bringing engaged parents yet little “affordable” housing. Special taxing mechanism for development’s “fair share” must be established where their profit provides compensation for increased services: help schools and public health.

Chester, PA, Dearborn, public schools 1961, University of Michigan 1966; graduate study Brandeis and Harvard; PhD Charles University (Prague) 1992. University and Newton Public Schools 40+ years; author, editor, consultant (Apple). Union and education activist, photographer to progressive campaigns. Brookline resident (1971) married (Ann Withorn), two daughters (Devotion, BHS). TMMA President & twice VP.

Damon Graff
46 Williams St

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Brookline faces a number of challenges in balancing economics and services. The discussion around balancing policing and social services is one evidence of this, and affordable housing is another. Real or perceived economic inequities underlie many of these issues. As a Town we need to work more on supporting existing and new businesses, creating more jobs within the Town, and making it possible for business owners and workers to live in the Town they serve. As a life-long Brookline resident and homeowner, I look forward to working with neighbors to create a healthy path forward for all of Brookline. I bring the business sense of an MBA from Babson, and the perspective of a handicapped resident as well. I respectfully request your vote to elect me to represent Precinct 9.

Sarah Kitterman
51 Kenwood St

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I believe that the most critical issues are the rising cost of living and the need to diversify our revenue base. I feel strongly about the need to increase the supply of affordable housing as well as diversify the housing stock, while looking for ways to promote a healthy commercial tax base. I also believe that improving public transit and bike accessibility and safety are also critical issue facing out town.

I have lived in Brookline, on Columbia Park, for 23 years. I love my Columbia Park neighborhood and my three children have all attended Brookline Public Schools from kindergarten (and one starting in BEEP). I still have one child at the high school I have been active supporting the schools, supporting Mother’s Out Front’s work on climate change, and am excited to work hard as a Town Meeting Member. I also work for a local nonprofit doing community development finance.

Gerald Tuckman
98 Thorndike St

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Precinct: increasing affordable housing consistent with the character of theneighborhood (not 4+ story buildings). Town: balancing the need for education and town services with tax needs of fixed- and moderate-income residents).

Married, 2 children k-12 Brookline grads, resident since 1974 (rented/owned), MSW I have worked in the public, non-profit and private sectors in education, housing and community development. I have learned to bring differing viewpoints together turning transactions into relationships.

I wish to serve my neighborhood and town and would appreciate your vote.

Former: TMM (10 years)
Brookline Recreation Commission (3)
WGBH Community Advisory Board (3)
Greater Boston Jimmy Fund Board (3)
Lead Boston/Racial Dialogues (5)
Poor Peoples’ Campaign (1968)
Currently retired
Former Employers (most recent first): National Consumer Law Center; UMass (Boston/Medical School); Tufts University; Equitable Real Estate; Metropolitan Area Planning Council; Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development; Boston Housing Authority.

Precinct 9 Candidates for Town Meeting

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Thomas Marton
32 Russell St

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Public school and teacher support; Thoughtful affordable housing development.

Brookline resident for 29 years; Married to Danit Ben-Ari; Raised 2 children here, both went through Brookline public schools. Attorney at Lourie & Cutler for nearly 25 years; past PTO member & Treasurer. Born in NY; graduated University of California, Berkeley, Musician’s Institute, Los Angeles & University of Chicago Law School.

Precinct 10 Candidates for Town Meeting

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C. Scott Ananian
103 Griggs Rd
incumbent

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As we emerge from COVID we need to rebuild our local businesses, support folks harmed by systemic inequities, and reimagine how the Town provides services. Further, our buildings and infrastructure must adapt to the coming climate emergency. Balancing these great needs with our existing tax base will require us to reprioritize our Town budget. This work will require greater inclusion and accessibility in our Town government.

C. Scott Ananian is a developer with the Wikimedia Foundation, which is the custodian of Wikipedia and other collaboratively-edited educational projects. Scott received his PhD from MIT in 2007 and set to work on robust and reliable systems to allow kids and adults to discover, share, and learn. Since being elected TMM in 2015, he has introduced 18 warrant articles or motions, including Electric Vehicle infrastructure, police oversight, and school funding. He helped draft the Town’s Sanctuary policy as a CDICR subcommittee member.

Linda Davis
125 Park St

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My focus is on Precinct 10. “Limited service” hotel for Webster Street –as originally proposed would be grossly understaffed: potential for human trafficking. It will come back to Town Hall for licensing.

Diversion from Sanctuary to underage users.

Oppose demolishing commercial buildings, evicting shop/restaurant owners and workers, and replacing existing shops with more expensive but smaller commercial space – topped off with market rate apartments and happy developers.

I support truly affordable housing, like expanding Col. Floyd Apartments (around the corner from my home), and public housing or friendly 40Bs at Old Lincoln School and Newbury West.

Unfriendly 40Bs are a developers’ shell game.

Affordable housing without adequate parking ignores life’s realities for residents who aren’t privileged to work remotely and may hold jobs at several locations.

I support police body and dash cameras.

Bio: Precinct 10 resident (in an M-2.0 zone) since 1981. TMM since 2003. Physician. Mother of four.

Ted Livingston
1501 Beacon St
incumbent

I view all issues in town through the lens of fiscal responsibility and priorities. There are many important and worthwhile uses of town funds, but which are the most important? Relatedly, are town voters willing to approve numerous overrides? These are hard choices. And we don’t want to discourage residency by low-income individuals because of high taxes.In the context of limited resources, it is important that we don’t forget our seniors, many of whom live in Precinct 10. Like many towns, Brookline’s population is aging. The Senior Center is underfunded and other resources are in danger of discontinuance.

BA Yale MBA Dartmouth
25-year business career in technology and communications
Resident of Brookline since 1989

Naomi Sweitzer
14 Griggs Ter
incumbent

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We need to focus on equity & inclusion to ensure everyone is treated with respect and dignity, and can participate fully in our community. We’ve taken steps on climate and sustainability, and must do more including bolstering public transportation, biking and walking options. Brookline needs more affordable housing so that a wide range of households, including seniors, families and singles can live and thrive here. We need to actively support our local businesses in their recovery from COVID-19.

Brookline resident since 2005. Town Meeting Member since 2013. Member of Griggs Park Neighborhood Association. Parent of 4th & 9th graders. Member of Pierce School FLARE (Families Leading to Advance Racial Equity). Past member of the Pierce School Site Council & the Kent/Station Street Senior Affordable Housing Committee. Non-profit leader working to end homelessness. Working with HUD & state governments to protect people experiencing homelessness from COVID-19.

Prinz Jeremy Dela Cruz
1284 Beacon St

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Our Town needs representatives who proactively seek new perspectives and prioritize underrepresented groups in Town Meeting—Jeremy will advocate for People of Color, immigrants, and younger community members to ensure their voices continue to be welcomed. In addition to civilian-driven police oversight, Jeremy will support pro-tenant rent reforms (e.g., banning broker fees), racial justice initiatives, and immigrant advancement

Jeremy Dela Cruz serves as a social impact consultant with a background in finance and international project management. He enjoys leading on the University of Notre Dame’s Asian Pacific Alumni Board of Directors. His experience as a Fulbright scholar in Andorra inspires his commitment to public diplomacy. Jeremy offers a new voice in Precinct 10 dedicated to amplifying issues of equity and belonging. He looks forward to building spaces in Brookline optimized for action: Choose Dela Cruz for Precinct 10.

Roslyn Feldberg
1501 Beacon St

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My two critical issues are climate change and affordable housing. I am active in Brookline Mothers Out Front, working on the Brookline Green Energy committee leading the transition to green, renewable energy and the town’s composting program reducing waste. We need inclusive affordable housing so singles, families and seniors across income levels and racial/ethnic groups can work and live in Brookline.

I’ve lived in Brookline four years, am married and raised our daughter in public schools, because I value public education. Formerly, I was a sociology professor at BU, but spent most of my career negotiating contracts for nurses for the Massachusetts Nurses Association. Now I work on climate, locally and globally, am on the board of Newton/San Juan del Sur (Nicaragua) Sister City, and am the organizer of a small interracial, cross-generation discussion group sparked by a Brookline library talk on interracial friendships.

Eric Hyett
1569 Beacon St #62

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The Covid pandemic has underscored the most important issue facing Brookline: the failure of our municipal government to promote equity throughout the town. Regardless of income level, owners and renters alike are finding it increasingly challenging just to remain in Brookline. “Let’s bury our heads in the sand” seems to be the governing principle on climate justice, economic justice and racial justice. Brookline’s leaders need to own up to the Town’s shortcomings in these areas, and make bold commitments to getting ahead of problems, rather than defending the status quo.

Brookline native, age 50. Graduate of Driscoll, BHS and School-Within-a-School (SWS). Writer, teacher Japanese literary translator; prior 20-year career as a business development executive. Board Member, Brookline Interactive Group; Host, “Arc of Justice,” on BIG TV. I share a rental apartment with my boyfriend in Precinct 10. Griggs Park was my favorite Brookline park growing up, and still is today.

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Emy Takinami
1455 Beacon St

Emy Takinami (she/her), I’m currently a renter and grew up in Brookline, attending the Ridley school from K-8 and graduated from BHS in 2012. I grew up in Brookline’s Public Housing and was a student in the Steps to Success program, where I now serve on the board. I recently finished a dual masters program at BU in macro social work and educational leadership and policy studies and am now helping to start up a new non-profit, with the mission to ensure high quality, debt-free, Pre-K – 16 public education is a right for everyone in MA. I’m also a co-founder of Brookline for Racial Justice and Equity as well as a board member of the BHS Alumni Association. I’m excited to bring my deep personal, academic and professional experiences with working-class families of color, as well as educational justice and equity into important discussions and decisions here in Brookline.

Precinct 11 Candidates for Town Meeting

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Shira Fischer
76 Summit Ave
incumbent

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Covid has brought to light issues we have not taken seriously enough in the past: public health and access to health care and health care information; education and access to education for all; disparities in Internet access and health care access and education; and outdoor resources and how to expand them, including outdoor dining and public spaces. Affordable housing, supporting schools, protecting our environment, building community, and safe transportation (including more crosswalks in Precinct 11) are all major issues for all citizens—in my precinct, in Brookline, and beyond.

Shira grew up in Brookline and is a proud BHS alum. She works in health care policy, focusing on health informatics, an holds an MD as well as a PhD in epidemiology. She was first elected to Town Meeting in 2014. Her husband is also a BHS alum and they have 3 daughters.

David Krewinghaus
41 Westbourne Ter
incumbent

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In our precinct, the important issues are the imminent Driscoll construction, and the safety of drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists as we return to wider sidewalks and added outdoor space for local businesses.In our town, there is a woeful lack of affordable housing and there are tools the Town must employ to improve the situation. Helping our seniors, our businesses, and our schools recover from COVID will be a significant task in the coming months and years. And everything we do together as a community needs to be done with racial equity as a steering principle.

My family moved to Brookline in 2015, and our children attend BHS and Driscoll. I work as a web developer for a local agency. In my one year in Town Meeting, I have learned a lot about how the Town works, and have enjoyed the collaborative nature of our form of government.

David Pollak
112 Lancaster Ter
incumbent

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We must continue to invest in and support Brookline to keep and grow it as a vibrant, diverse and inclusive community of all ages and backgrounds. We want it all – great schools, parks and open space, more affordable housing, safety and security for everyone, and leadership as global citizens – and we have to work very hard to achieve this.

Resident of Brookline since 1984. Architect and Community Planner working for Massachusetts cities, towns and housing authorities on public projects. Over two decades of volunteer service in Brookline including Building Commission, School Committee, and the Brookline Education Foundation and Music School Boards. Currently serving on the Advisory Committee and the Driscoll School Building Committee as well as Town Meeting.

Anne Weaver
87 Mason Ter
incumbent

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For my precinct, to monitor the Driscoll School construction in order to keep it on time and within budget and be available to answer and support Precinct members’ questions and needs on local matters,as they arise.For the town, continue to respond to the public health and fiscal health needs of Brookline residents and businesses as we continue the fight against COVID in our community.Specific issues of concern include: Developing new community-led supports and services for all residents; addressing and reducing racial inequities and economic inequalities; and increasing affordable housing options.

Brookline resident since 2008, with 2 kids now at BHS. Member of the Task Force on Reimagining Police, Chaired by SB member Raul Fernandez. I have actively participated in Town matters for many years, including organizing a successful petition to improve Brookline’s sanctuary city policies in 2017. Licensed mental health therapist, consultant, and researcher.

Jonathan Golden
1450 Beacon St

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The new Driscoll School project is critical in terms of its impact on students, parents, neighbors, and teachers. I want to ensure that the needs of all stakeholders are heard and addressed during this project. I will focus on community engagement to facilitate the inclusion of diverse perspectives on key issues including education, affordable housing, and budget priorities. The past year has brought new voices into important town discussions. As a Town Meeting Member, I will commit to hear the ideas and concerns of Brookline residents and to facilitate the participation of those who would like to be more involved.

Brookline resident since 1999 as renter, owner, and condo board member. Driscoll parent of first grader. Member of Community Engagement Committee of CDICR. Board Member of Brookline Interactive Group (BIG). BA Princeton PhD Brandeis. History teacher at Gann Academy. Member at TBZ. Endorsed by Brookline for Everyone and Brookline PAX.

Jacob Paurati
31 York Ter

We need to focus on: (1) our schools – the infrastructure, curriculum, and teachers; (2) our safety – the police and their relationship to the Town; and (3) our community, including greater respect for diversity. Improving each will lead to a better Brookline.

I have been a proud Brookline resident since 1988, when my family immigrated from Iran. We were welcomed into the community, and I have been here ever since. I am an alumni of Coolidge Elementary and Brookline High; remained in Brookline while pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees; and now happily live in Coolidge Corner with my wife Sabrina and baby Zoe. I am part of a big, wonderful Persian family, many of whom also live in Brookline, and we remain grateful for the lives we have built here. I want to give back to the community – to maintain what is good and improve what needs work.

Precinct 12 Candidates for Town Meeting

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Amy Hummel
226 Clark Rd
incumbent

Maintaining excellent schools, preserving open space, and supporting commercial development/revenue, are on my list of priorities, but I view the Town and our community like a single organism; it has to work for all or eventually, it works for none. In the wake of the pandemic, local receipts are down, increasing pressure on already stressed school and Town services and infrastructure – and our community generally. As we all experience the direct or indirect impacts, it is important to thoughtfully prioritize resources across our community, with social, educational and climate outcomes in mind. I will continue to balance community goals, quality of life expectations, and a general sense of fairness for all: seniors, families and working professionals.

Teach Business Law and Ethics; Advisory Committee ten years, serving on the Capital and the Long Term Planning & Policies Subcommittees; past Runkle PTO Co-chair and School Council member; 2008 Runkle Override Co-chair.

Mark Lowenstein
197 Rawson Rd
incumbent

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I’m concerned that Brookline’s housing prices are becoming increasingly out of reach for people, which is having a major impact on the Town’s ability to be a more diverse community. This not only means racial diversity but economic diversity as well. I’m supportive of programs to densify housing in commercial areas and near transit, to promote additional and more affordable housing alternatives. Separately, I’m a big supporter – and have been involved in – efforts to improve non-motorized transportation options in Brooline, as part of the Town’s commitment to the Climate Action Plan.

Town Meeting Member: 3 terms
Member, Brookline Bicycle Advisory Committee
Author: Great Runs in Brookline
Board Member, Brookline Music School
Board Member, Boston Jewish Film
Volunteer, Mutual Aid of Brookline
Professionally: Consultant in the telecom/mobile field;
Chief Running Officer, Great Runs

Harry Margolis
144 Clark Rd
incumbent

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Affordable housing and transportation. Brookline housing is too expensive. We need to expand the housing stock, but that’s not enough since developers make more money if they build high-end housing. We must use a variety of strategies to build, obtain and preserve lower- and moderate-income housing, requiring greater set asides for new housing, expanding the Brookline Housing Authority, and finding sources of funds for affordable housing. We need a network of safe, separated bike lines throughout Brookline so we can run our errands and our children can get to school without getting into an automobile. This will make our citizens and our planet healthier.

A 25-year resident of Brookline, my two children went through the Brookline school system. I’m an attorney focusing on elder law and special needs planning. I have served several terms on Town Meeting and as a member of the Brookline Bicycle Advisory Committee.

Petra Gospodnetic Bignami
146 Tappan St

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Town services, businesses and households will remain vulnerable despite forthcoming federal and state support. Who we are as a community will be reflected in how we consider the tradeoffs inherent within tough choices. As we carefully address constituent concerns and acknowledge competing priorities, it is critical that we foster a working consensus in town government. Today at my kitchen table, I don’t have all the answers, but commit to balanced and measured evaluation of every warrant article and in all town meeting deliberations. Equitable access to health services and public education are two areas that keep me up at night, but I promise to listen to what burns most brightly for each of you, my neighbors.

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Alec Jaret
182 Rawson Rd

The primary challenge facing Brookline is dealing with the budget shortfall due to COVID-19. Reducing expenditures while maintaining a strong police and fire department, excellent school system, and necessary infrastructural maintenance all while providing a safe public health environment is what we face. Obviously there are numerous additional functions that Brookline provides it’s citizens, but in this time of fiscal crisis we need to focus on the core functions that makes Brookline great. Small businesses have been decimated during COVID and creative methods need to be evaluated and implemented to support them.

Brookline resident 30+ years, parent of 4-who attended schools in Brookline. Dental degree from Boston University.

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Mazal Jaret
182 Rawson Rd

As a teacher, I believe that the most pressing issues facing Brookline is maintaining the excellence of our public schools, especially during the current COVID crisis. We need to ensure teacher morale is high and that there is equity for all students. In addition, Brookline must find ways to support small businesses which are hurting from this pandemic.

Resident for 30+ years. I have raised my children here and committed to Brookline and its well-being. I am also a newly retired Brookline Public School teacher having taught ELL at Heath and Devotion schools for over 30 years.

Precinct 13 Candidates for Town Meeting

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Carla Benka
26 Circuit Rd
incumbent

Overall affordability as well as racial and socio-economic diversity in Brookline should be pursued. Significant maintenance backlogs in School and Town buildings and streets/sidewalks cannot be ignored. However, overarching these issues is the growing climate of divisiveness in the public square. I have been and will continue to be committed to listening, asking questions, and working to find common ground and common interests among the many voices of the community. Accordingly, I have not sought endorsement from any special interest group or Political Action Committee.

TMM since 2002; Vice-Chair, Town Advisory (Finance) Committee, Chair, Capital Subcommittee (Town and School capital projects), member, Long-Range Planning and Policy Subcommittee; Zoning By-Law Committee; Town Naming Committee; Planning Board Strategic Asset Subcommittee; Executive Board, Brookline Neighborhood Alliance; former Brookline Preservation Planner; former Heath PTO Co-President; parent of Heath and BHS graduate; former Vice-chair and Grants Committee Chair, Brookline Community Foundation

Chris Chanyasulkit
16 Corey Rd
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The COVID-19 pandemic shed greater light on the many inequities in our society and globally. Of many critical issues facing us, I believe that figuring out how to deliver municipal services (including school re-opening) & supporting our small/local businesses with transformative actions towards creating a Brookline that is more just, resilient, and sustainable, are necessary within the immediate future.

LEADERSHIP/SERVICE: Library Trustee; Brookline Asian American Family Network (Steering Committee Member); League of Women Voters of Brookline (Board Member); Brookline Medical Reserve Corps; Brookline Community Emergency Response Team; Brookline Community Foundation (Board Member); E D U C AT I O N / WO R K : P h D (Northeastern University), MPH, BA (Boston University); Chief Magic Officer/Travel Advisor at Chris Upon A Star Travel; Adjunct Assistant Professor (Temple University). FAMILY: Married to James Bardin, Mother to Hunter (10), Grayson (9), Genevieve (6).

John Doggett
8 Penniman Rd
incumbent

(1) Planning and implementation of safe return to full-time in-person learning for all students in the Fall. This needs to include opportunities for academic remediation and social emotional support, both of which may involve requests for additional funding. (2) Prudent investment of the $34m of Federal Funding expected by Brookline over the next two years. Leadership boards and committees, including the AC, will be instrumental in the discussions about setting priorities and the distribution of funds.

Resident of Brookline for over 35 years, married to Brookline Pediatrician Jenny Lewis, with two daughters who attended Heath School. TMM for Precinct 13 for 9 years and Advisory Committee Member for 8 years. Contribute to in-depth AC review of the Town’s annual budget including review of all proposed capital expenditures of the Town. My background is in technology and finance gained through a career in the financial services industry.

Paul Saner
462 Chestnut Hill Ave
incumbent

All precincts are impacted by factional Town issues exacerbated by a structural operating deficit, stretching our governance capacity. Even before Covid, finances constrained capital infrastructure investments, funding for our schools, and many Town services. Development pressures in residential neighborhoods are in sharp contrast to limited new growth opportunities in our commercial areas to mitigate rising taxes. There are growing progressive priorities for affordable housing, racial equity, social services, climate action, and other reforms. Strategic long-term planning is beyond our present capacity.

Significant leadership experience in the eclectic fields of finance, human services, economic development, and non-profits – Governor-appointed Commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind; Co-chair of the Town’s Economic Development Advisory Board; Founding Board Chair Waterworks Museum; Brookline Fiscal Advisory Committee member; Retired Managing Director BankBoston; MBA Finance: helped reopen the Chestnut Hill Reservoir; Daughters attended Brookline schools / former President of BHS Rowing.
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Ada Tadmor
8 Strathmore Rd
incumbent

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I believe there is meaningful work to be done in our continued pursuit of social and economic justice as a Town. The pandemic has only exacerbated pre-existing inequities, and it is the responsibility of Brookline’s governing bodies to take thoughtful steps to increase the affordability of housing, ensure we have better schools that serve all children, and set our operating budget to fully reflect our spoken values.

I grew up in Brookline and am a graduate of the Brookline Public Schools. Upon graduating from Bates College, I joined Teach For America and taught K-3 in both Denver, Colorado and Newark, New Jersey. After four years in the classroom, I moved home to Brookline and continue to work to address educational inequity as the Chief of Staff at Teach For America Massachusetts. I hope to be able to continue to bring my commitment and skill set to the town that made me.

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Arezou Sanieoff
491 Clinton St

The two most critical issues are zoning changes and reductions in police funding. Any zoning changes must be part of a comprehensive plan that respects the architectural, environmental, open space integrity of each neighborhood, and the characteristics most valued by its residents. We must understand the socioeconomic consequences of any zoning changes, including affordability for residents on lower and/or fixed incomes, and whether our transportation infrastructure and finite town resources could absorb the demands of an expanded population. On public safety, changes to the police budget should be fully informed to ensure that vital services are not interrupted or curtailed to reduce safety and police force diversity.

I came to Brookline as a refugee from Iran in 1995. I graduated from Simmons College. Upon graduation, I worked as a scientific researcher. After I was blessed with kids, I become a stay home mother and been raising my kids in Brookline.

Precinct 14 Candidates for Town Meeting

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Clifford Brown
9 Hyslop Rd
incumbent

Precinct 14’s issues reflect the Town’s. The need to maintain and improve our schools; the necessity of preserving and enhancing services to meet the needs all residents; and addressing critical issues like climate change and social justice. All of this will require changes but thoughtful and considered change can occur without entirely sacrificing that which makes Brookline unique. Brookline continues to have fiscal challenges and we need to explore revenue enhancement including responsible development, especially commercial and mixed-use development. Operating overrides should be considered only after rigorous and appropriate analysis and the implementation of other reasonable options are exhausted.2. Twenty-five year Brookline homeowner. Our three children went through the PSB. Member: Advisory Committee (Chair, Schools Subcommittee), Economic Development Advisory Board, Zoning By-Law Committee, Brookline Fiscal Advisory Committee  (2019-2020). Board Member Fisher Hill Association. Twenty-two year Pan-Mass Challenge rider. B.S. Economics, Magna Cum Laude, University of Pennsylvania. MBA Finance, Wharton.

Kenneth Goldstein
111 Holland Rd
incumbent

Brookline needs to continuously balance the need for economic and housing supply growth with the preservation of our neighborhoods and the conservation of our remaining open space.

I am a lifelong Brookline resident, an alumnus and parent of alumni of Brookline Public Schools, a Brookline-based attorney, a former member (and Chair) of the Select Board, a former member (and Chair) of the Planning Board, a proud member of the Rotary Club of Brookline and a veteran of many other Town boards and commissions.

Pamela Lodish
120 Seaver St
incumbent

In the town, a critical issue is the budget and how best to balance conflicting needs – schools, library, police, fire, senior center, affordable housing to name just some of them. Critical in the next few years is to allocate enough funds to maintain all of our buildings. We pass overrides to build new buildings – Driscoll and the High School, but are neglecting the others for lack of funding. In my neighborhood, closely monitoring the buildout of the former Newbury property by Wellbridge and by the Town will be quite important.

Town Meeting since 1989. Advisory Committee since 1997. School Committee 1988-1997, Chair 91-03. MBA high honors Boston University. Business manager of public and special education schools. Former associate director Harvard College Observatory. Self employed construction manager for projects large and small. Resident of Brookline for over 50 years.

Shaari Mittel
309 Buckminster Rd
incumbent

The COVID-19 Pandemic continues to have a devastating effect upon Brookline’s economy as many restaurants and small businesses have had to close and much less revenue is coming in from Town parking meters, hotels and other sources. The pandemic is also seriously affecting the emotional health of many of our residents as they struggle to cope with missing paychecks and all the restrictions necessitated by this crisis.

B.H.S., B.U., Phi Beta kappa
Currently: Town Meeting Member-34 years; Board Member Brookline League of Women Voters (past president) and Fisher Hill Association.
Previously: Town Advisory Committee (Schools Subcommittee); Fisher Hill Reservoir Re-Use Committee; Brookline Substitute Teacher; LWV/MA Legislative Lobbyist; Runkle PTA Planning Chair; Brookline Deputy Probation Officer; TMMA Executive Committee.

Sassan Zelkha
1799 Beacon St
incumbent

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Precinct 15 Candidates for Town Meeting

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Eileen Berger
112 Wolcott Rd
incumbent

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I support:

  • equity and diversity policies that maintain the highest quality of education
  • strong long range fiscal policies maintaining the quality of town services
  • affordable equitable and sustainable housing policies and initiatives
  • preservation of parks , recreation, land, facilities
  • climate action and environmental initiatives
  • town-wide equity and diversity policies and practices that are inclusive of everyone.

Eileen Connell Berger, has served as a town meeting member for 20 years, past chair of the Brookline Commission for People with Disabilities and served on education, climate and environmental action committees. As a working Mom and lifelong educator in urban schools and higher education administration, she is committed to policies of diversity, inclusion, equal access, opportunity and fiscal responsibility. Her children went through Baker School & BHS. Eileen holds graduate degrees and has current leadership roles on nonprofit boards and organizations.

Elisabeth Cunningham
397 Newton St
incumbent

Brookline’s most critical issue is our inability to confront our climate crisis. Our collective future hangs in the balance. These words are not hyperbolic; they are scientific fact. I have been and will continue to be a strong leader on climate, not just in Brookline but at the state level. This includes passing local legislation, leading on a statewide building electrification movement, and expanding this movement both regionally and nationally. Brookline Town Meeting has shown strong leadership, but we must double down on our efforts instead of stonewalling. I am a strong supporter of open space. I care deeply about issues of racial, gender and social equity, and I want to see us build a better and more inclusive society where all are valued and welcome. I believe we can do all of this while also being fiscally responsible. I am an architect, small business owner, climate activist, mother, and grandmother.

Barbara Gutman
629 Hammond St
incumbent

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I’m deeply committed to making sure Brookline continues being a town where we respect people with different opinions, and moreover, persist in the work of being a welcoming, inclusive and diverse community. Our major challenges are economic (as it pertains to Covid) and equity and inclusion.

I’ve lived in Brookline since 1999. I’m a mom with two daughters, in their twenties, a twelve week old puppy named Bergie, and an avid cyclist. I’ve been a professional public policy advocate in Massachusetts, for over twenty years, where I’ve successfully advanced legislation at the State House, moved initiative petitions to the ballot, and won hard-fought local political campaigns. I’ve held leadership roles to pass several historic pieces of legislation that improved the lives of thousands of working families, including earned sick time and increasing the minimum wage.

Janice Kahn
63 Craftsland Rd
incumbent

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Just as the Town is affected by national concerns, Precinct 15 is affected by Town concerns: Diversity (racial, age, economic, housing, viewpoints), and Environmental Sustainability and Resilience. Meeting these challenges requires residents with different ideas coming together and respectfully listening to each other with the understanding that there are many pathways to reaching common goals. The divisive discourse on the national stage also resides in Brookline. And that, I perceive, is the biggest challenge facing the Town.

A.B., Vassar; Ph.D., Boston University. 40+- year resident of Brookline. TMM P15 – 22 years; Advisory Committee – 14 years; Former Chair, Brookline Commission for Women; Past-President CHVA neighborhood association; Past Co-President, League of Women Voters/Brookline; Co-Founder, CHVAlliance, Brookline/Newton association. Received Brookline Neighborhood Alliance 2010 Leadership Award; Co-Recipient of Brookline GreenSpace Alliance 2010 Green Umbrella Award for CHVAlliance efforts to improve Route 9 at the Brookline/Newton border.

Ira Krepchin
63 Craftsland Rd
incumbent

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Important issues in Brookline are the same as those facing the nation, and indeed the world—climate change, the pandemic, and racism. It is important that we address these issues in a way that is equitable, and with minds open to alternative approaches.

I have been a Brookline resident for 19 years and have been a Town Meeting Member for the last 7 years. I served on the Brookline Green Technologies Committee (2006-2007). I have an MS degree in mechanical engineering from MIT; and have spent several decades working on energy efficiency issues. I have grown children and a grand daughter.

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Jean Senat Fleury
72 Rangeley Rd

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One critical issue in Precinct 15 is the traffic flow at the Horace James Circle. According to the Brookline Police Department it was the most crash-prone intersection in 2019. My wife, Joanna Gleason, who grew up in Chestnut Hill said, she has to be very cautious to prevent another vehicle from cutting her off when turning on Newton Street.

I was Judge in Haiti specializing in Human Rights. I lived in Brookline for 14 years. I am a graduate in Political Science and Public Administration from Suffolk University. My three children attended the Brookline Public Schools. I was caucused for the November Town Meeting. I am excited to run for the position.I support education, public safety, and diversity.

We need to create a more inclusive Brookline that looks towards our town’s future. Making it easier for everyone to have a voice in the decisions made that affect them. Giving teachers the resources to help students however they learn. Implementing community based social services. Pursuing sustainability in building and transportation infrastructure.

I graduated from Brookline High School in 2018 and am currently studying Political Science and Communications at Simmons University in Boston. I have lived here in Precinct 15 since 2011 and enjoyed growing up in Brookline.

Precinct 16 Candidates for Town Meeting

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Regina Frawley
366 Russett Rd
incumbent

Real and stated Threat to remove single family (sf ) zoning. Pct. 16 zoning is 7 k. Most have less with tiny yards. Yet, We are the only precinct with no publicly accessible playground. Thus, replacing single family homes with 2-4 (alleging “affordability”) disrespects diversity of housing stock, puts burden on town resources/infrastructure/schools (thus taxes) without providing either real “affordable housing” or recreation space for residents: These are the 2 issues for Pct.16: Fighting removal of single family zoning, and finding publicly accessible play space for our children and community.

Resident since 1964; MA Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; Former Parent, PTO, Brookline schools; Volunteer Council on Aging; Active TMM 26 years. Founder, South Brookline Neighborhood Association. Author of several “Good Government” by-laws. Kept 150’ cell tower out of Cemetery. Constable.

Scott Gladstone
383 Russett Rd
incumbent

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Because we rejected the “compromise” that would have allowed Hancock Village to expand without contributing its fair share of affordable units, we will soon meet the 10% minimum for 40B safe harbor, giving us control over how best to procure needed affordable housing. Now, we need to ensure that CHR builds within the limitation of its permits; safely, quickly and in the best interest of the residents of Hancock Village and the rest of the Baker School community.

I am a business litigation and construction law attorney and I represent clients before the Brookline ZBA. My wife, Tracy, is a research psychologist at Wellesley College. We have three kids, all of whom went to Baker and BHS. I am on the boards of Temple Emeth and Camp Yavneh and I co-chair a task force of the American Jewish Committee to Fight antisemitism and all forms of hate.

Alisa Jonas
333 Russett Rd
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Precinct: School capacity for Hancock Village’s 400+ new units. Public transportation.
Town: Funding the many varied needs, both broad-based (e.g., greening infrastructure) and targeted (e.g., retrofitting fire stations to reduce firefighter cancers), within balanced budget/Prop 21/2 constraints.

BA, Economics/German, Brandeis; JD, Harvard Law. Attorney: tax/estate planning; ADR/mediator, Superior Court; State budget analyst; researcher, public policy consultancy. Tour director, Rome. Daughters graduated Baker, BHS.
Community: Appointed: Advisory Committee, Public Transportation Advisory Committee, Moderator’s Committee on Parking, Moderator’s Committee on Tax Classification. Wrote legislation for fossil-fuel-free school construction and siting study for public outdoor pool – both passed. Green Caucus. Neighborhood petitions: relocating Putterham Circle pedestrian light, Russett Road stop sign, replacing Russett Road gas line. Initiated effort to increase SoBro-BHS bus service. Organized neighbors to improve safety at/appointed to Taskforce on Bournewood Hospital, and for cell tower redesign. Steering committee, Preserve Brookline. Board, SBNA. Baker School Site Council. Brookline Neighborhood Alliance Leadership Award.

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Danielle DaSilva
107 Gerry Rd

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My top three priorities include: Confronting equity issues that impact our town on every level, from housing policy to policing to education. Supporting ethical, environmentally conscious development while also ensuring that local residents have a voice in the large construction projects that impact their day-to-day lives. Sustaining excellence and creativity in our public schools while helping to rebuild community partnership and trust after the challenges of COVID-19.

I am a four-year resident of Brookline, a renter, and a single parent to two children who attend Baker and the Baker School extended day program. I have also worked in Brookline for the past nine years at Beaver Country Day School, where I direct the college counseling program. I was caucused in to Town Meeting to fill a vacancy in December 2020, and have been actively familiarizing myself with the critical issues affecting our town.

Rachel Rubin
208 South St

I am passionate about ameliorating issues of inequality in our Town, particularly as it relates to education and housing. Our schools are overcrowded and lack the support services that once made them great. These issues have multiplied during the pandemic, as working parents struggle to provide enrichment or remediation services that are no longer offered by the school system. A rejuvenation of town-wide efforts to meet students where they are and provide opportunities for growth is essential. In addition, access to affordable housing and proper regulation of the Hancock Village expansion is critical.

Dr. Rachel Rubin has lived in Brookline for 14 years. A mother of three and founder of college admissions consulting firm, Spark Admissions, Rachel spends her time working with children and young adults. Rachel earned her masters and doctorate at Harvard University, where she was a Presidential Scholar.

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David Day
333 Russett Rd

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I support finding creative ways to increase affordable housing and adopting land use policies that are driven by the interests of Brookline’s residents, not exploited by large developers. We should expand transportation options to provide safe and equitable access to town amenities for all citizens, improve our quality of life, and lower our collective use of fossil fuels. I will advocate to increase the number and quality of bike lanes and public transportation routes.

I have contributed to the neighborhood response to Hancock Village expansion; appointed to Town’s Hancock Village Planning Committee, performed data analysis of town-wide parking survey; have spoken at hearings and participated in neighborhood meetings.  Resident of South Brookline for 31 years. My wife and I raised two daughters who attended Baker and BHS. BA in Philosophy (Hampshire College), PhD in Computer Science (UMass, Amherst). 30+ years at a non-profit company developing artificial intelligence technology to help government work more effectively and efficiently.  I was the coach for one of the Brookline Soccer Club’s girls’ travel teams (Blizzards). 

Richard Murphy
61 Baker Cir

The two most critical issues in our Precinct and/or the Town are:

  • Representing the interests of ALL Precinct 16 residents through transparent community engagement.
  • Protection of Brookline’s natural resources – including the urban forest and open space and evaluating opportunities for a destination park or playground in Precinct 16.

I grew up in nearby rental property in Brookline and have been a homeowner on Baker Circle for the past 20 years. I was the originator of the 2018 Warrant Article “Tree Protection By-Law”.  As a result, I was appointed by the Select Board to the Town’s newly established Tree Protection Study Committee. I am the Co-Chair of the Friends of Putterham Woods, and I have also participated in the Brookline Urban Forest Climate Resiliency Master Plan.