League of Women Voters of Needham Online Voters Guide

April 10, 2018 Election

April 10, 2018 Election Results

Election Results by precinct, including Town Meeting, are available from the Needham Town Clerk.

See the Needham Times article on election results and voter turnout.

Thanks to all the candidates for your willingness to Make Democracy Work!

Town-Wide Candidates

Candidates for town-wide offices for the April 10, 2018 Needham town election are listed below. Each candidate for town-wide office was asked to share his or her relevant qualifications in 30 words or less and answer the following question in 50 words or less: What do you see as the most important goal you would like to achieve if elected (or re-elected)? The candidates provided all responses; no editing was done by the LWVN except for style consistency.

SELECTMAN (for 3 years) Vote for 2

JOHN A. BULIAN (Candidate for re-election)
86 Peacedale Road
Telephone: 781-444-7994
Email: jbulian@rcn.com        Website: johnbulian.org

Qualifications: Selectman 2003-present, Past Chairman, Current Clerk; Town Meeting Member 1997-present;
Rail Trail Committee; Dog Park Working Group; Business Owner, BostonBlinds
Previously: RTS Committee, Chairman; Needham Education Foundation, BOD

Goal(s): Manage the residential and commercial population growth that will have a major impact on all Town services specifically schools, public safety and roads. Effect immediate changes to pedestrian safety throughout the Town by implementing a detailed review of all school zones, business district crosswalks and other high use pedestrian areas.


MAURICE HANDEL (Candidate for re-election)
3 Rosemary Street
Telephone: (Daytime) 781-290-8282        (Evening) 781-449-2850
Email: mph35@cornell.edu

Qualifications: Active Town Meeting Member, Served 2 terms on BOS, Previously Chaired the Board of Selectmen, Former member and previous Chair, Planning Board. Active Member of Civic and Community Organizations

Goal(s): We must ease the residential tax burden, especially for those on fixed incomes, by increasing the Town’s commercial development potential, and while maintaining and improving the Town’s services and its physical assets, including schools, parks and buildings. These efforts must include meaningful public process, a commitment shared with my colleagues.


149 Manning Street
Telephone: 781-308-4813
Email: byron@votebyron.org        Website: votebyron.org

• Lifelong Needham Resident (NHS 2010)
• Full Time Caregiver to Parent
• Manager, Team of 30 @ tech company in Egypt
• Volunteer Coordinator, Sean Garballey for State Senate

Goal(s): Reader, you raised my generation. You raised us well. I’m running to put what you taught us into action. My goal is to bring fresh eyes to the table where the biggest decisions that affect our town are made. My goal is to make your voices heard.

ASSESSOR (for 3 years) Vote for 1

WALTER F. McDONOUGH (Candidate for re-election)
211 Broad Meadow Road
Telephone: (Daytime) (617) 306-2663        (Evening) (781) 449-4372
Email: digitalmusiclaw@yahoo.com

Qualifications: I have served as an Assistant Attorney General, a Suffolk University Adjunct Law Professor and I am now an attorney in the Securities Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

Goal(s): I am committed to the continued application of new technologies in order to assure Needham residents that the Board of Assessors will provide the most accurate and transparent administration of local taxation.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE (for 3 years) Vote for 2

HEIDI C. BLACK (Candidate for re-election)
7 Maple Terrace
Telephone: (Daytime) 781-254-0072        (Evening) 781-444-4506
Email: hblack06@comcast.net

Qualifications: School Committee member nine years, two as Chair and two Vice Chair; past Town Meeting Member for over ten years; public school educator and administrator; Needham resident 26 years

Goal(s): Implementation of Full Day Kindergarten 2019; Completion of construction/opening of Sunita L. Williams Elementary School & addition to NHS; Planning for renovating or replacing Mitchell School, Pollard Middle School, Emery Grover Building; Continue providing innovative programming, interdisciplinary learning, launch of “Portrait of a Graduate”, respond to Equity Audit.


SUSAN B. NECKES (Candidate for re-election)
36 Gay Street
Telephone: (Daytime) 781-444-2519        (Evening) 781-444-2519
Email: sneckes@me.com

Qualifications: School Committee Member for six years, Chair and Vice Chair, each one year; Town Meeting Member; 30-year Needham resident; Management consultant, healthcare executive

Goal(s): Implement full-day kindergarten in Fall 2019; Insure needed building, technological infrastructure – complete Sunita L. Williams Elementary School, Needham High School addition, plans for Mitchell, Pollard and Emery Grover; Respond to issues in equity audit with approach to optimize school culture, practices that assure equity in education for all students.

TRUSTEE OF MEMORIAL PARK / VETERAN (for 3 years) Vote for 1

WILLIAM J. TOPHAM (Candidate for re-election)
140 Meadowbrook Road
Telephone: 617-513-8953
Email: topdoggusmc@hotmail.com

Qualifications: 30 YR USMC Veteran-served in Infantry, Air Wing, Logistics serving from platoon level to Brigade Staff, retired a Master Sergeant retiring a War Plans Reviewer, U.S., Naval College & more

Goal(s): Maintain the physical facility and manage the usage of Memorial Park for Town civic and athletic organizations.


5 Crestview Road
Telephone: (Daytime) 617-964-0077        (Evening) 781-453-8949        (Fax) 617-977-9333
Email: jet33pilot@aol.com

Qualifications: Retired Major, 23 years service • Command Pilot, flying B-52s • Fighter Pilot, Vietnam • Needham’s Vietnam Moving Wall Committee • 10 years as assistant coach, Needham youth Football, Little League Baseball Programs

• Work to continue the beautification of Memorial Parks monument area.
• More communication between Needham’s veterans and students/youth.
• New Memorial Park field house that’s ADA compliant, more bathrooms, better storage for town non profit user groups, concessions, home and visiting team areas, safe area for field related equipment, tools, chemicals.


MARK R. FORBES (Candidate for re-election)
70 Edwardel Road

No Reply Received


GREGORY JOHN SHESKO (Candidate for re-election)
114 Maple Street
Telephone: 617 686-7114
Email: gjshesko@gmail.com

Qualifications: Library Trustee since 1994 (Chair twice), Building Committee, Successfully advocated for additional Library Sunday hours (5:00-7:00), Appointed by Governor Patrick to Mass Board of Library Commissioners in 2009

Goal(s): Ensure that the Needham Library continues to be a vital community resource which serves the needs of all – from infant to senior citizen. As a Trustee, I will continue to work for an increase in full-time staffing and adequate funding for library materials and programs.


30 Cimino Road
Needham, MA 02494
Telephone: (781) 308-8042
Email: rick.fleck@comcast.net

• Volunteer with Friends of the Library
• Attends Library Board of Directors Meetings
• Professional in-house board experience
• Business operations & budgeting experience
• Lifelong love of books, reading and libraries

Goal(s): To contribute my 30+ years of professional experience. As a regular attendee of the board for the past 6 months, I believe I can make positive contributions from Day 1. My goal is to be an active and vocal participant, a fresh voice, and offer new ideas and recommendations.

BOARD OF HEALTH (for 3 years) Vote for 1

102 Ellicott Street
Telephone: (Daytime) 617-448-9568        (Evening) 781-453-8921
Email: kwardbrown@gmail.com        Website: votekbrown.com

• Professional environmental scientist
• 20 years of experience in environmental and public health fields
• Doctorate in environmental health, Harvard School of Public Health
• 10-year Needham resident
• Needham mom with two teenagers

Goal(s): I would be proud to contribute my expertise in assessing environmental exposures, evaluating health risks, and communicating those risks in service to Needham. If elected, my primary goal would be to support the dedicated Needham Public Health division staff in protecting the health and safety of Needham’s residents.


14 Donna Road
Telephone: 978-790-0495
Email: felix@zemelforneedham.com        Website: Zemelforneedham.com

Qualifications: Over 10 years of direct public health practice experience. Graduate education in public health. Fellow of the Local Public Health Institute of MA. Statewide and nationally-recognized leader in environmental health.

Goal(s): I want to continue Needham’s progressive public and environmental health leadership by applying best practices and new policies / research to the excellent infrastructure already in place. I will bring my expertise to streamline Needham’s existing public health programs and steward better programs to improve our, and our families’ health.

PLANNING BOARD (for 5 years) Vote for 1

ELIZABETH JANE GRIMES (Candidate for re-election)
12 Clarke Road

No Reply Received

NEEDHAM HOUSING AUTHORITY (for 5 years) Vote for 1

204 Fair Oaks Park
Telephone: 781-888-1532
Email: pennykirk@rcn.com

Qualifications: I have been the Resident Services Coordinator for NHA for the past 10 years. I have become acquainted with the needs and goals of the residents and the Authority.

Goal(s): I understand that there is much deliberation about upgrading the physical plant; some buildings with improvements, others by re-building. As the daughter of an architect I am familiar with the design/build process. This, coupled with my understanding of the residents’ needs should result in positive planning suggestions.

COMMISSIONER OF TRUST FUNDS (for 3 years) Vote for 1

HEYDON D. TRAUB (Candidate for re-election)
232 Bridle Trail Road
Telephone: (Daytime) 781-453-3929        (Evening) 781-449-0206        (Fax) 781-898-7647
Email: h.traub@traubcapital.com

Qualifications: I have managed these types of investments professionally for about 31 years both at State Street Global Advisors and my own firm, Traub Capital Management.

Goal(s): Most important goal is to invest the funds appropriately to provide growth in the funds’ assets, but also preserving the assets through any future downturns in the investment markets. In addition, it’s important that we ensure that the funds’ assets are used as intended by the donors.

PARK AND RECREATION (for 3 years) Vote for 2

DAVID C. DiCICCO(Candidate for re-election)
24 Mellen Street
Telephone: (Daytime) 617-782-0985        (Evening) 781-449-6638
Email: ddicicco1@verizon.net

Qualifications: Served / Serving
• Youth Football Board
• Needham Touchdown Club
• Field study Committee
• Fields of Dreams
• Needham Sports Council
• Greenes Field Committee
• Memorial Park Trustee
• Park & Recreation Commission
• Town Meeting

• Grand opening of Rosemary Recreation Complex pool/splash pad Summer 2018
• Offer many more programs with use of our new multi purpose room
• Collaborate with Girl & Boy Scouts on use of camp area at Rosemary
• Sailing / Canoeing at Rosemary
• Start talks on much needed skating rink
• Ropes Course Trail


CHRISTOPHER J. GERSTEL (Candidate for re-election)
184 Maple Street
Telephone: 508-816-6345
Email: cgerstel1@verizon.net

Qualifications: 5 Years Town Meeting Member; Current Vice Chairman Park & Recreation; Lifelong Needham Resident

Goal(s): Growing Park & Rec’s programming – with the New Rosemary Complex. we have the opportunity to expand and create new ideas and possibilities

Candidates for Town Meeting

Candidates for Town Meeting are listed below, according to precinct. Each candidate has been asked to respond to the following question in 300 characters or less: What are the 3 highest priority issues facing the town? The candidates provided all responses; no editing was done by the LWVN except for style consistency.

Click on the tab below for your precinct. Candidates are listed in the order they will appear on the ballot: Incumbents appear first, alphabetically, then new candidates are listed alphabetically.

The ballot can be found at the Town Clerk’s website.


ERIK J. BAILEY, 64 Hillside Avenue (Candidate for re-election)
A continued focus on school improvement, including Mitchell & Pollard, while maintaining fiscal responsibility. Affordable housing and easier ways for seniors and young people to live in our town. And ensuring all feel welcome here, regardless of race, gender, orientation, ability, or anything else.

EMILY ROSE COOPER, 56 Lee Road (Candidate for re-election)
High priority issues include housing that is the appropriate size for the community, adequate school facilities, and zoning that supports economic growth. I think the town has made good progress in recent years at addressing these issues but we need to continue to sustain this level of commitment.

RICHARD S. CREEM, 12 Gary Road (Candidate for re-election)
Experience: PPBC; FinCom (Chair/Mbr,12 yrs); TMM (32 yrs). Critical issues include: (i) maximizing budgetary/capital expenditure efficiencies; (ii) balancing growth/development with “quality of life”; and (iii) managing ongoing/proposed building projects to align user needs with taxpayer interests.

JOHN F. DIODATO, 7 William Street (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

DONALD B. GRATZ, 330 Central Avenue (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

RACHEL B. MILLER, 33 William Street (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

ELIZABETH M. SARGENT, 43 Webster Street (Candidate for re-election)
1. Preserving our educational excellence while supporting the needs of non-traditional learners
2. Maintaining a diverse housing stock that will meet the needs of the people who enrich our community
3. Building a community culture that embraces the diversity that, in turn, benefits us all

CYNTHIA R. GONZALEZ, 62 Putnam Street
Safety: Add streetlights, especially around parks & schools. Pedestrian improvements.
Diversity: Increase diversity. Incentivize more women and minority owned-businesses, expand housing opportunities, offer more cultural programming.
Environment: Promote composting, recycling and energy efficiency.

JAMES F. SARGENT, 43 Webster Street
Continuing the push for the intelligent development of the downtown. Careful monitoring of teardowns and the impact on the character of Needham. A continued insistence on enhancing the quality of our schools.


ELIZABETH M. BLOOM, 30 Nehoiden Street (Candidate for re-election)
If re-elected, I will continue my commitment to: (1) ensuring excellent educational experiences for all children by addressing the documented lack of racial equity and inclusion in our schools, (2) maintaining our sustainable financial position, and (3) forging more connections between generations.

MARIANNA BORRELLI, 651 Central Avenue (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

JOHN H. COGSWELL, 865 Central Avenue, #O-506 (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

SCOTT McCONCHIE, 101 Hillside Avenue (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

KIM MARIE NICOLS, 12 Crescent Road (Candidate for re-election)
Actively involved as TMM since 2003 & School Committee (6 years), priorities include:
1) Impact of public & private development on resources
2) Budgets reflecting population growth while maintaining quality of schools & services
3) Responding to concerns about traffic safety & recreational marijuana

MARGOT COPELAND PYLE, 865 Central Avenue, #G-402 (Candidate for re-election)
Maintaining our well deserved reputation for fine schools and excellent administration as well as closely monitoring the town budget.

STACIE M. SHAPIRO, 12 Pine Grove Street (Candidate for re-election)
– Public Safety – As the town increases its daytime & residential populations, all aspects of public safety need to keep up. How do we fund.
– Aging in Place – We need to find ways to help lifelong Needhamites stay in town as long as they want to.
– Planning for uncertain financial times ahead.

SARAH ANN TORAN, 945 Central Avenue (Candidate for re-election)
(1) Schools -Children are our future. Our schools, A-1, must continue their good work. (2)Safety- For our fire and police depts. assuring value is the goal. (3)The Elderly embody our traditions.To help them remain Needhamites is the right thing to do. 1,2,3 As usual, Funding will be the issue.

PAUL H. ATTRIDGE, 865 Central Avenue, #I-309
My 54 years as a Town Meeting Member gives me the experience to plan ahead to assure our schools retain their excellent reputation, address the concerns of our senior population, and continue our ongoing work on maintaining our buildings and roads.


PAUL S. ALPERT, 116 Pine Street (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

JOSEPH P. BARNES, 589 High Rock Street (Candidate for re-election)
#1 Safety – Improve lighting at crosswalks and install additional traffic lights.
#2 Maintain the culture and growth of the town. Greater oversight on knockdowns and additional McMansions.
#3 Earmark funds for greater maintenance of recreational facilities, walking trails, and town forest.

GILBERT W. COX, 49 Colonial Road (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

SUSAN B. NECKES, 36 Gay Street (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

TED OWENS, 54 Whitman Road (Candidate for re-election)
1. Financial management. Need to save for the future, not spend it all in the present. 2. Stewardship of town buildings and other capital assets. 3. Commercial and residential development that provides affordable housing.

PAUL B. TILLOTSON, 21 Howe Road (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

JOSHUA W. LEVY, 1606 Great Plain Avenue
No response received.

MICHAEL E. O’BRIEN, 1600 Great Plain Avenue
Schools need to continue to be high-performing by providing a quality education with excellent teachers and good facilities. Safety in our neighborhoods and on our streets is essential for our families. Shops and restaurants need to remain strong with support from local residents.


HOLLY ANNE CLARKE, 1652 Central Avenue (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

ROY A. CRAMER, 1796 Central Avenue (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

KATHRYN L. D’ADDESIO, 110 Linden Street (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

ANN DERMARDEROSIAN, 800 South Street (Candidate for re-election)
1. Housing which allows Needham to retain some diversity, and allows seniors to “age in place”
2. School security and pedestrian safety.
3. Control spending and limit borrowing

BRUCE T. EISENHUT, 106 Marked Tree Road (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

KATHLEEN M. LEWIS, 17 Maple Street (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

GREGORY JOHN SHESKO, 114 Maple Street (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

EMMA NAVALES, 82 Deerfield Road
No response received.


STEVEN E. MOCK, 268 Marked Tree Road
No response received.


CONSTANCE S. BARR, 205 Edgewater Drive (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

CYNTHIA J. CHASTON, 119 Fox Hill Road (Candidate for re-election)
1.Continue to provide high quality essential services such a public safety, clean water & safe roads.
2.Protect open space, parks, playing fields & recreational facilities.
3.Fiscal responsibility while addressing needs for quality education, services to seniors, capital projects & future planning.

ANN M. COSGROVE, 17 Laurel Drive (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

CAROL A. FACHETTI, 187 South Street (Candidate for re-election)
Strong schools and the introduction of full-day kindergarten
Appropriate zoning that fosters economic growth while preserving Needham’s community and small-town neighborhoods.
Balancing the needs of the town for building and road renovation and repair while maintaining a sound fiscal budget

PHILIP R. MURRAY, 453 Warren Street (Candidate for re-election)
(1) Major infrastructure – new / refurbished school buildings; police and fire facilities; school administration building; DPW facility and transfer station ; maintenance / repair of roads and sidewalks
(2) Debt / financing of infrastructure
(3) Affordable housing and higher density options

FORD H. PECKHAM, 26 Lawton Road (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

PHILIP V. ROBEY, 12 Fletcher Road (Candidate for re-election)
*On time completion of NHS Expansion, Sunni Williams Grammar School,
Rosemary Pool Building & Pool Complex and new Memorial Park Bldg.
*Continue to support recommended school budget (NHS ranked 14 in Mass)
*Continue to support recommended town budget (Admin, DPW, Fire, Police, Etc.)


ALISON S. BORRELLI, 1175 Great Plain Avenue (Candidate for re-election)
1. Completing the necessary upcoming capital projects ( Public Safety, DPW, Memorial Park, Mitchell)
2. Full day kindergarten
3. Traffic concerns

JOHN P. CONNELLY, 67 May Street (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

GAIL F. DAVIS, 233 Nehoiden Street (Candidate for re-election)
Needham must support high quality education for all students in the public school system. We need to foster a diversity of housing stock in the town. We must maintain and continually improve our infrastructure.

RICHARD W. DAVIS, 233 Nehoiden Street (Candidate for re-election)
1. Maintain and enhance our outstanding public schools.
2. Continue the Financial Discipline that supports our excellent Bond Rating.
3. Continue to monitor and adjust commercial and residential zoning as needed to suit the towns needs and community values.

FABIENNE A. MADSEN, 45 Walnut Street (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

JENNIFER S. SEXTON, 62 Newell Avenue (Candidate for re-election)
A renewed sense of urgency brings these issues forward: (1) traffic management: speed control, distracted driver law enforcement, pedestrian safety; (2) zoning: developer and home owner interests, stormwater and runoff impacts, economic development opportunities; (3) capital and financial planning.

DEBORAH S. WINNICK, 12 Mallard Road (Candidate for re-election)
Keeping the character of our town while encouraging economic development; creating housing and support [especially transportation] for our older residents so they can stay in Needham; supporting our children with quality schools and safe social opportunities

WILLIAM A. ZOPPO, 330 Nehoiden Street (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

JOSEPH McCABE, 93 Garden Street
• assuring that our schools remain among the finest in the state, that the students and teachers are safe.
• continuing improvement of the town’s infrastructure with necessary updates to town properties and buildings
• helping Needham become a Green Community


SUSAN W. ABBOTT, 60 Otis Street (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

DAVID DIRKS, 674 Webster Street (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

FRAN GALLAGHER, 692 Great Plain Avenue (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

THOMAS M. HARKINS, 24 May Street (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

MATTHEW A. KANE, 28 Bradford Street (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

MAUREEN T. McCAFFREY, 285 Manning Street (Candidate for re-election)
Balancing the needs of the schools and the Town including safety issues; making Needham affordable for young families and the elderly while keeping our AAA rating; increasing the tax base by developing the Needham Industrial Center while keeping our small town feel

SUSAN B. McGARVEY, 66 Upland Road (Candidate for re-election)
Prepare for climate change by working toward 100% renewable energy.
Seek opportunities to attract a diverse population by creating housing opportunities for one story living and affordable housing while meeting the needs of high-end families.
Maintain high standards for education.

SUSAN WELBY, 857 Webster Street (Candidate for re-election)
The three highest priority issues facing the town are: keeping the overall budget in check; infrastructure upgrades including public safety buildings, Mitchell School, School Admin., and DPW facilities; and zoning issues.


RICHARD DeMEIS, 126 Powers Street
In no particular order:
1 Traffic safety and flow esp. @ high school & downtown in rush hours.
2 Monitoring effectiveness of the more restrictive large house changes to the zoning bylaws passed last year.
3 Implementing town sentiment in start of legal recreational marijuana use in the Commonwealth.

ANNMARIE MacDONNELL, 128 Melrose Avenue
To ensure that Needham continues to be a wonderful place for multi-generational living, we must address issues such as pedestrian safety/traffic management; reassess zoning to preserve green space and privacy; as well as engage in thoughtful planning to responsibly develop Town properties.


HEINZ R. BRINKHAUS, 10 Lancaster Road (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

M. PATRICIA CRUICKSHANK, 64 Elmwood Road (Candidate for re-election)
Maintaining a reasonable tax rate, assuring that families & individuals can afford to remain in their homes. Emphasizing ideal teacher to student ratios and reducing redundant school administrators. Tying requests for capital improvements with probable increases in operating costs & taxes.

THOMAS EDWARD GILLOGLEY, 4 Wendling Road (Candidate for re-election)
I believe education is paramount. I support preserving the high quality of our Needham schools.
I advocate thoughtful town growth.
I believe we have an obligation to the older residents and to the retirees in our community, especially those who are living on fixed incomes.

ELIZABETH P. HANDLER, 317 Great Plain Avenue (Candidate for re-election)
Manage development to retain suburban character via well-thought-out zoning bylaws
Maintain / update roads with safety considerations in mind
Review town infrastructure: Police/Fire, Pollard, Emery Grover are all buildings that need attention.

KIMBERLY KNICKLE-TIERNEY, 206 Broad Meadow Road (Candidate for re-election)
1 – Creating an environment which allows the town to remain attractive to new residents and new building, yet also allows Needham to retain its character and current residents.
2 – Enabling an active and diverse community for all ages.
3 – Supporting our local businesses and helping them thrive.

MARJORIE M. MARGOLIS, 20 Mann Avenue (Candidate for re-election)
Budget: A budget that funds Town services, schools and infrastructure without forcing Needham residents to move out.
Traffic Safety: We need to look seriously at speed and distracted driving.
Overdevelopment: Prime example the Mill Creek Development “Needham Mews” on Greendale Ave.

PAUL T. MILLIGAN, 224 Elmwood Road (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

RICHARD M. REILLY, 15 Whittier Road (Candidate for re-election)
1. Continued exercise of financial discipline. 2. Implementing policies which encourage diversity, including economic diversity. 3. Supporting a vibrant downtown business community.

As a town, we should address facilities improvements, such as intersections with better visibility and increased commuter parking. As a community, we should appreciate our changing demographics, and make sure that all feel welcome and included here.

MARSHA B. MOLLER, 160 Dawson Drive
The priority issues facing the town are continued funding for schools and youth programming, implementation of a strategic plan to manage the town’s population growth and increased senior population’s needs, and cultivation and growth of the business district to ensure a steady revenue stream.


PETER D. ATALLAH, 18 Lindbergh Avenue (Candidate for re-election)
I think the three top issues facing Needham are managing the pace of development, improving pedestrian and cyclist safety and continuing prudent investment in our excellent schools.

PETER STEPHEN CONNOLLY, 104 Beaufort Avenue (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

DAVID J. ESCALANTE, 103 Woodledge Road (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

JOHN L. GALLO, 298 Brookline Street (Candidate for re-election)
(1) Recreational marijuana implementation should not risk public safety (OUI) and should prevent adolescent access
(2) We need more recreational facilities (indoor swimming/fields) for youths, seniors, and families
(3) We need more mixed-use development for smart growth and affordability

LAURIE B. HUTCHESON, 384 Hillcrest Road (Candidate for re-election)
1) Maintaining the high quality of our schools
2) Determining ways to expand affordable housing stock and not price middle income families and elders out of town
3) We need a thoughtful vetting of the question of retail recreational marijuana stores

PAUL ROBEY III, 38 Brookline Street (Candidate for re-election)
3 Highest priority issues:
– Construction of the police and fire stations.
– Traffic surrounding fire/police construction, new hospital building, Greendale Ave.
– A concerned effort to keep tax costs down.

LOIS F. SOCKOL, 611 Greendale Avenue (Candidate for re-election)
Growth, with its inevitable changes, spurs my zoning concerns, the preservation of residential areas, the appropriate size and place for industrial growth, remaining fiscally responsible to all segments of our population, retaining the high quality of our schools, encouraging a Sustainable Needham.

RON SOCKOL, 611 Greendale Avenue (Candidate for re-election)
Growth with it’s zoning challenges, fiscal responsibilities, maintaining a good quality of life for all from youth to middle age to elderly citizens, to ensure the high quality of our schools, and the safety of our neighborhood.

pedestrian safety, education and diversity.


Community Safety. Lighting and crosswalk enhancements updated around school districts and neighborhoods.
School Safety. Continued support and enhancement of our effective ALICE program.
Business Revitalization. Focus to attracting local businesses and ensuring their success in our community.

RAO H. PRABHALA, 96 Manning Street
No response received.


GEORGINA A. ARRIETA-RUETENIK, 236 Greendale Avenue (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

WILLIAM R. DERMODY, 12 Concord Street (Candidate for re-election)
1. Take care of our capital projects while keeping an eye on rising property tax bills. 2. Continue the revitalization of Needham Center & the Heights so business want to move in and not out. 3. Continue our partnership with Newton as the Needham Newton corridor gets redone.

DAVID C. DiCICCO, 24 Mellen Street (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

STEPHEN K. EPSTEIN, 117 Richdale Road (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

MICHAEL J. GREIS, 384 Webster Street (Candidate for re-election)
Manage and guide residential, commercial and community development with concern for both economic benefit & livability of the community. Invest wisely in infrastructure and operations for long-term financial & environmental sustainability and quality of life. Maintain educational excellence.

ELIZABETH NICOLE KAPONYA, 27 Highland Terrace (Candidate for re-election)
Precinct J which borders the Industrial Zone, Exits 19, and Highland Ave issues are: the frenzy of current and proposed development, perpetual road construction with constant gridlock, and the lessening of our quality of life. A balance is needed to preserve the essential character of our Town.

CHRISTINE S. McCOURT, 181 Richdale Road (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

DONNA M. MULLIN, 131 Paul Revere Road (Candidate for re-election)
There are many issues facing this town… rising property taxes; school safety should be on the top of the list. are just a few… glad they relocated the storage facility bldg in my precinct after my alerting residents to attend a quiet meeting that brought it to an end for our neighborhood

LISA CHERBULIEZ, 17 Lindbergh Avenue
High-priority issues facing Needham include:
– prioritizing infrastructural repair and maintenance
– creating a more diverse community
– safety
I hope to have the chance to represent Precinct J. Please vote!

Four years ago my husband and I moved our young family to Needham because of the great schools, proximity to Boston and the wonderful welcoming community. In order to protect the aspects of what makes Needham great we should focus on our schools, housing needs, and transportation issues.

General Voters’ Guide and Voting Information

The Voters’ Guide is compiled by the League of Women Voters of Needham (LWVN) and is published by The Needham Times as a service to the community.

Disclaimer: The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization and, as such, does not endorse or oppose candidates for public office.

Election Day: Tuesday, April 10, 2018; Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The last day to apply for an absentee ballot for the Annual Town Election is Monday, April 9 at noon. Applications are available on the Town Clerk’s website; scroll to the bottom of this page for absentee ballot applications. All absentee ballots must be returned to the Town Clerk’s office by the close of the polls on Election Day.

Where to vote: Please check your precinct location:

Precinct A: The Center at the Heights, 300 Hillside Avenue
Precinct B: The Center at the Heights, 300 Hillside Avenue
Precinct C: Newman Elementary School Gymnasium, 1155 Central Avenue
Precinct D: Newman Elementary School Gymnasium, 1155 Central Avenue
Precinct E: Broadmeadow School Performance Center, 120 Broad Meadow Road
Precinct F: Needham High School Gymnasium, 609 Webster Street
Precinct G: Needham High School Gymnasium, 609 Webster Street
Precinct H: Broadmeadow School Performance Center, 120 Broad Meadow Road
Precinct I: Mitchell School Gymnasium, 187 Brookline Street
Precinct J: Mitchell School Gymnasium, 187 Brookline Street

For more information, visit the Town Clerk’s website at needhamma.gov/voting. You may also contact the Town Clerk’s office at 781-455-7500.

Information contained in Voters’ Guide: The information on candidates for town-wide offices is printed directly as written by each candidate. No editing was done by the LWVN or The Needham Times, except for publication style. Candidate’s names are printed in the order in which they appear on the ballot.

The LWVN asked each town-wide candidate to list his or her relevant qualifications. They were also asked to answer the following question: What do you see as the most important goal you would like to achieve if elected (or re-elected)?

Town Meeting Member candidates are listed by precinct in this Guide and have been invited to answer the following question for the LWVN online Voters’ Guide: What are the 3 highest priority issues facing the town?

Residents may visit the Town Clerk’s office for information on attendance records for incumbent Town Meeting members.

Sample Ballots: Sample ballots for each precinct are posted on the town website.

Write-ins: Please contact the Town Clerk’s office at 781-455-7500 to express interest in becoming a write-in candidate and to learn more about a write-in candidacy. Should you wish to vote for someone who is not listed on the ballot, you may do so by writing the name and address of the person (substantially as it appears on the voting list) on the line titled “write-in space only” provided for each office on the ballot after the list of candidates. Don’t forget to fill in the oval next to the write-in line with the special pen.

Absentee ballots: Voters who are out of town or unable to go to the polls may request an absentee ballot from the Town Clerk’s office. You may also contact the Town Clerk’s office at 781-455-7500. All absentee ballots must be returned to the Town Clerk’s office by the close of the polls on Election Day.

What is the League of Women Voters? For over 95 years the League of Women Voters has been a leader in working to ensure that citizens have a role in making democracy work. The League is a non-partisan, multi-issue, grassroots membership organization. It is our mission to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in local, state and national governments and to influence public policy through education and advocacy. As a non-partisan organization, the League neither supports nor opposes political parties or candidates. For further information about LWVN membership or activities, explore our website.

Rides to the polls: As a voter service to Needham residents, the LWVN will offer rides to the polls on Election Day. Please call 781-343-1031 and leave a message to request a ride…please call at least 24 hours before; rides cannot be guaranteed if you call on Election Day.

LWVN Warrant Discussion Meetings:
Monday, April 30, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
The Center at the Heights, 300 Hillside Avenue
New Town Meeting Member orientation with the Moderator begins at 6:45 p.m.

The LWVN sponsors Warrant Discussion Meetings as a public service to the community. This is an opportunity for all residents to learn and ask questions about Town Meeting Warrant articles in an informal setting. Warrant Meetings are open to all residents and all Town Meeting Members are especially encouraged to attend. Sponsors of articles will be present to provide explanations and answer questions; Finance Committee members will also be available to answer questions.

Annual Town Meeting: Town Meeting begins on Monday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at the James Hugh Powers Hall at Needham Town Hall. The Town Warrant will be available to residents at the Town Clerk’s office, The Needham Public Library, and on the town’s website.