Noel for City Council

 

by Liz Hiser

published September 6, 2017

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When Brenda Noel speaks about her vision for Newton and how she intends to represent us should she be elected to the City Council, I hear someone who is willing to work for a community that shares the best aspects of a progressive, forward-moving city with a tight-knit, small town feel. And yet, she has no illusions about how difficult the trade-offs of maintaining that community closeness while fostering growth and thoughtful change already is and will continue to be.

I have known Brenda since our children met at Mason-Rice school. With twin six-year-olds in tow, she and Dean moved into an old Highlands Victorian that they felt lucky to be able to afford, termites and all. I have been a school volunteer with her. I’ve watched her stewardship of a wonderful Newton community organization, NWW Committee, creating community and facilitating independence for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As her friend I’ve heard her passion for justice and service to the most vulnerable among us, via her work at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center and the Mass Office of Victims Assistance.

 I can’t think of anyone else I would rather entrust to represent us in making the difficult choices to achieve what we want our community to be: full of vibrant green spaces and modern infrastructure; world-class public schools along with the investment in and political will for thoughtful urban planning, development and services that allow long-time residents to remain a part of our community past retirement.

Here’s what I know about Brenda: as our representative in city government: she will take the time to hear us, incorporate our views and explain her votes. She will be a relentless communicator, keeping us informed about what’s going on in our neighborhoods and across the city. I have seen her navigate difficult conversations using humor and personal connection while not backing down for something she believes in.

Brenda has worked hard knocking on doors, attending community meetings and listening as she has campaigned for Ward 6 City Councilor. If you vote for Brenda Noel on November 7, you can be sure she will not let up. What you see today on the campaign trail is the City Councilor you will get years from now—rolling up her sleeves, listening, showing up and doing the work to make Newton the best it can be. "