Ward 5 Representative
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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I am excited to announce that I am running for Newton Ward 5 City Councilor. I am running because I believe I can be a strong representative of our ward.

I have always been deeply involved in my community, and currently serve as President of the Waban Area Council, where I have worked to respond to resident concerns and promote civic engagement. In my role on the Area Council, I have had the chance to work closely with retiring Councilor John Rice, who has been a great mentor and role model for how to get things done. As I embark on this campaign, I am thrilled and honored that John has offered me his full support.  

If elected, I will work hard to represent Ward 5. I will prioritize constituent services and community building. I will serve as a voice for the residents of Upper Falls, Waban, and Newton Highlands, while also keeping a citywide perspective and working for Newton as a whole. I have the skills to be an effective City Councilor. In my experience as a lawyer and as a volunteer in my community, I have excelled at working with people with different viewpoints. I am a pragmatic person who believes in respectful dialogue, finding points of consensus, and moving forward.

Newton is a wonderful place to live, and our challenge is to maintain what works well while ensuring that the city continues to evolve and improve. Excellence in education, solid infrastructure, more varied housing options, improved transportation, sound fiscal management, environmental sustainability, vibrant village centers, and well-maintained parks and open spaces are all important priorities to keep moving Newton forward.

I am looking forward to knocking on doors and hearing from the residents of Ward 5. I will work hard to earn your trust and support.  If you’d like to reach out in the meantime, please email me at contact@kathywinters.org.

Yours truly, 

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About Kathy

Kathy grew up in a small town near Schenectady, New York. She first came to Newton as a student at Boston College. After studying law and working as a lawyer in Washington, DC, she moved back to Newton in 2000 with her family.

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John Rice, Ward 5 City Councilor

Annie Gatewood, Campaign Treasurer

Theresa Fitzpatrick, Waban Improvement Society President

Alice Jacobs, Waban Library Center Volunteer Director

Marc Laredo, Newton City Council President

Brooke Lipsitt, Former Board of Aldermen President

Steve Siegel, Ward 5 School Committee Member

Jake Auchincloss, Ward 2 At Large City Councilor

Jonathan Kantar, Member of Newton Citizens Commission on Energy

Jane Frantz, Former Charter Commission Member

Marie Jackson, Upper Falls Area Council

Michael Malec, Former Board of Aldermen President

Myrna Malec, Community Leader

Colleen Nolan, Community Leader

Jenn Martin, Community Leader

Jonathan Frieze, Community Leader

Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus

I am thrilled to support Kathy in her campaign. I’ve represented Ward 5 for the past nine years and have worked with Kathy during much of that time. I can say from experience that she has what it takes to be a great representative for the Ward.


A Strong Ward Representative Who Listens

Community Building 

Excellent Schools

Environmental Sustainability

Parks and Open Spaces

Vibrant Village Centers

Improved Transportation

More Varied Housing Options

A Better Zoning Code

Sound Fiscal Management 


Get Involved

Please contact us if you would like to support Kathy in her competitive campaign for the Ward 5 seat. Any help — from hosting a lawn sign to reaching out to your neighbors — is welcomed and appreciated.

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“No measure of a community’s progress can be made without a truly representative elected body. We believe decisions about our communities should include women’s voices. We need leaders like Kathy, who will be a strong decision maker and advocate on the Newton City Council. We need to change the face of leadership in Massachusetts, where fewer than 27% of municipal offices are held by women. MWPC is proud to endorse and stand with Kathy Winters.”

-Pam Berman, President of the MWPC