Meet Ruthanne

Newton needs a clear plan for getting things done, and getting them done right.

Ruthanne Schwartz Fuller is a candidate for Mayor of Newton. With over 30 years of experience in the private, non-profit, and public sector, she was first elected Alderman-at-Large from Ward 7 in 2009, and she currently represents all of Newton as an At-Large City Councilor.

As Mayor, Fuller will prioritize making our schools the best in Massachusetts, modernizing city infrastructure like roads and sidewalks, strengthening our neighborhoods and villages, and using planning and management to preserve Newton’s fiscal health. Ruthanne cares deeply about making sure Newton is a city where we respect people with different opinions and stays true to being a city that is welcoming, inclusive, and diverse.


“Ruthanne has a good heart and a good head. She really listens. I admire her for paying particular attention to our children, our seniors, and those with special needs or family circumstances.”

- Newton citizen Audrey Cooper



Great schools are the cornerstone of Newton's success, and we must continue to invest in our kids, support our teachers, and rebuild our school facilities. Newton schools are among the best in the region. By prioritizing investments in public education, we can have THE top schools in Massachusetts.

Infrastructure & Transportation

The condition of Newton’s roads, school & municipal buildings, and parks & playgrounds are important to our daily quality of life. Sewer/water/stormwater systems, IT, city vehicles and equipment keep our city running. Let’s invest wisely and prioritize preventative maintenance. Let’s ease traffic congestion by making Newton safer for bikers and pedestrians, using smart traffic lights in well-designed intersections, and advocating for better T service.

Neighborhoods & Village Centers

From our 13 unique village centers, numerous commercial corridors, and residential neighborhoods, Newton has a diverse range of community landscapes. Let’s preserve the character of our residential areas and improve our village centers, while understanding there should not be a one-size-fits-all approach. Through proactive planning and effective zoning, we can make Newton more livable, walkable, and vibrant.

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Campaign Updates

Ruthanne Schwartz Fuller, a city councilor-at-large running for Mayor of Newton, was the first candidate to hand in the signatures required to qualify for the ballot in this fall’s election for Mayor of Newton.  Fuller’s campaign submitted over 900 signatures, more than double…

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Ruthanne Fuller, Ward 7 City Councilor At-Large, made it official today, formally kicking off her campaign for Mayor of Newton on Sunday afternoon. Fuller made the announcement at the Scandinavian Living Center in Newton. Speaking to a capacity of crowd…

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In a newly released set of policy statements, Newton City Councilor Ruthanne Fuller said that as mayor she’d prioritize spending on students and school staff and advocate for better service by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Fuller, who was first…

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“Ruthanne is passionate about kids and the Newton public schools. She wants every child to meet their full potential – with excellent teachers and principals, up-to-date buildings, and class sizes & support services that work. As Mayor, I know she'll work tirelessly to be an advocate for all our students.”

- Newton Public School parent, Auburndale, Dana Hanson


I hope you'll consider getting involved!

As Mayor, I will work collaboratively with you to ensure our schools continue to thrive, our streets are fixed and infrastructure updated, all while supporting livable neighborhoods and thriving village centers. Together, let's make sure Newton is a city where everyone has a voice.

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