NEWTON – Ruthanne Schwartz Fuller, a City Councilor-At-Large running for Mayor of Newton, has announced the endorsement of two former Ward 8 Newton Aldermen – Mitch Fischman and John Freedman. Former Alderman Mitch
Fischman said, “I am happy to support Ruthanne for Mayor. She was one of the most effective Councilors I worked with during my 12 years on the Council. As a Blue Ribbon Commission member, she helped establish the city’s solid financial footing and as a Councilor quietly and effectively led the cooperative effort to successfully implement infrastructure plans for our streets and sewer system which hadn’t been addressed for several decades.”
Former Alderman John Freedman said, “I have worked with both Ruthanne and her opponent, Scott Lennon. Both are honorable, hard-working people. Ruthanne brings an exceptionally strong finance and management background to the job, honed by her years working on the City Council, and especially volunteering to take on hard and thankless tasks (Blue Ribbon Commission on city finances and dealing with Newton’s unfunded pension and health obligations to name two). Ruthanne’s progressive values combined with her management skills, fiscal savvy and great interpersonal skills make her the right choice for Newton.”
Fuller said, “It means so much to have the support of two former Aldermen who worked so hard for Newton. I have the utmost respect and admiration for John and Mitch and everything they accomplished in public service, and it’s an honor to have their endorsement. Our campaign has been building grassroots support in each and every village in Newton, and I’m so proud of the diverse and inclusive campaign we’ve run. As Mayor, I will be committed to supporting our public schools, fixing our streets and sidewalks, and ensuring local government is transparent and financially sound.”
Last week, Fuller was endorsed by current City Councilors Deb Crossley and Susan Albright. Fuller has earned the support of other prominent individuals and organizations, including the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, former State Treasurer Steve Grossman, City Council President Emeritus Lisle Baker, City Councilor Jake Auchincloss, and seven other former Aldermen and City Councilors. In the September Preliminary Election, Fuller was the top vote earner in Newton’s Mayoral race.