Meet Ruthanne

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

Ruthanne Fuller is the thirty-first Mayor of the City of Newton and the first woman Mayor in Newton’s history. She was sworn into office on January 1, 2018.

As Mayor, Ruthanne prioritizes making our schools the best in Massachusetts, modernizing city infrastructure like roads and sidewalks, strengthening our neighborhoods and villages, and leading Newton through the twin COVID-19 health and economic crises. 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. 


COVID-19 Response

Over the course of the pandemic, Mayor Fuller and her administration have made key decisions using data and science, listening to doctors, scientists, and public health experts. She has helped residents and businesses get the help they need, and took the steps necessary to keep Newton as safe and healthy as possible.

Newton's Schools

Excellence in our public schools is a core value in Newton. Mayor Fuller implemented full-day kindergarten for the first time in Newton’s history. With an eye to the future, her administration has secured a review by the Massachusetts School Building Authority of the renovation of Countryside. In the face of this unprecedented public health crisis, Mayor Fuller both funded and invested management leadership in significant upgrades in the ventilation systems of all school buildings. She made available funding for surveillance testing, and has championed in-person teaching and learning with a full commitment to a full return in September 2021, with many students returning full-time in Spring 2021.

Zoning and Housing

Homes are the foundation of all communities, and a community that includes all kinds of people needs all kinds of homes. That’s true for Newton where we value diversity. Today in Newton, our diversity is at risk. Average home prices are soaring beyond the reach of young families, the lifeblood of our city’s future. Older residents, people with disabilities, local-business and city employees, and others who want to stay in or move to Newton have too few suitable options. Our village centers need help to stay vital and to achieve their full potential, even as climate change and traffic congestion are forcing us to think in new ways about what, where, and how we build.

Campaign Updates

Mayor-Elect Ruthanne Fuller is pleased to announce the formation of the Transition Team.  A three-member Executive Committee of co-chairs Sarah Ecker, Gloria Gavris, and Aaron Goldman and thirty-four committee members will assist the Mayor-Elect as she prepares to become Mayor…

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By Andy Levin, NewtonTAB – Ruthanne Fuller made history Tuesday night, becoming the first woman elected mayor of Newton in a nail-biter victory over Scott Lennon. Fuller, a city councilor at-large from Ward 7, defeated Lennon, the City Council president,…

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“Newton Democratic Party Co-Chair Shawn Fitzgibbons and City Councilors Vicki Danberg and Ted Hess-Mahan endorsed Fuller, Fuller announced.” Read more in the Patch here.

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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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