Verne Vance: Brian Yates has institutional knowledge of Newton
Newton - Brian Yates offers useful perspective
I urge the voters of Newton to vote to re-elect Brian Yates as an Alderman at Large from Ward 5. One of the strengths of Newton's 24-member Board of Aldermen is that it encompasses a healthy mixture of newcomers, experienced aldermen, and veterans with a deep knowledge of the history of the Board and the city. Brian Yates is one of just six aldermen--one quarter of the Board--whose service antedates the 21st century. I served with Brian during his earliest years on the Board and later when he had become one of the Board's experienced aldermen. As one of the latter he served with distinction for many years as chair of the Board's Zoning and Planning Committee. In that role he was of immense help to me in moving through the Board with unprecedented speed the adoption by the city of the new stretch building code to facilitate more environmentally friendly building measures.
Brian has long been one of the foremost defenders on the Board of the values and facilities of Newton's villages, such as neighborhood schools and branch libraries. His extensive professional background in community planning and development has been of inestimable value to the Board.
As a lifelong resident of Newton from a family whose Newton roots go back at least six generations and as one of only three aldermen whose aldermanic service goes back as far as 1988, Brian Yates brings to the Board a deep knowledge of, and experience with, the city and its government combined with an excellent record of professional and public service. He richly deserves re-election as an alderman at large.
--Verne Vance, Former President, Newton Board of Aldermen
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