Politics has been a part of my family for decades.
My Aunt Jeanette Reibman was the first-ever elected State Representative
and State Senator for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. My dad was a City Councilor, a former Selectman
and an active Democrat in Connecticut and was always bringing home the governor
or other elected leaders for dinner.
I’ve always been involved with politics too, first as a reporter
at the Dallas Morning News, an editor at the Boston Herald and editor-in-chief
at the TAB and now as President of the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber. But I
never thought of seeking office until now.
As VP of Content Development and Partnerships at Gatehouse
Media, the TAB’s parent company, I managed sales teams, production and journalists.
At the chamber I bring the business community, the city government and the
citizens together to help improve our city.
In 2011, I was one on the founders of Village14.com, a community blog.
Since then Village14 has grown into an essential civic resource for the city
and serves as a meeting place for the citizens to discuss all of the issues of
the day here in Newton.
Even my experience in Newton is unique. I’ve been a resident for more than three
decades and have lived in three distinct villages: West Newton, Waban and Newton
The common thread through all
of this is communication and deep involvement with all the important issues
that our city grapples with.
And that’s why I think I’d be
a great mayor!