By Jonathan Dame
Daily News Staff
A former prosecutor and investment banker with law and business degrees is the first newcomer to enter the open race for Ward 7 councilor at-large.
Rebecca Walker Grossman announced Thursday she would seek election to one of the two at-large council seats from Ward 7.
Incumbent Ward 7 Councilor at-large Ruthanne Fuller has said she won't seek re-election in 2017 because she is running for mayor.
Walker Grossman worked as an assistant district attorney in Middlesex County after graduating from Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School, according to a letter she sent to residents Thursday.
She is the daughter-in-law of Newton resident and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Steve Grossman, and worked on his campaign for state treasurer in 2010.
Walker Grossman listed public schools, responsible growth, infrastructure, prudent financial management and public safety as top priorities in her letter.
She wrote that she would advocate for "responsible development" to ensure "Newton remains a diverse, inclusive and accessible community for people of all ages, backgrounds, and economic means."
Walker Grossman grew up in New Jersey and moved to Newton with her husband, a Garden City native, in 2010. She is the mother of two young children, including a kindergartener at Ward Elementary School.
"My family and I love this city and I'm running to ensure Newton remains the best place to live, work, raise a family, educate children and retire," she wrote.
Fuller will vacate one of the two Ward 7 councilor at-large seats, which are restricted to residents of that ward but are elected citywide. The other incumbent, Marc Laredo, said Thursday he plans to seek reelection.
There will also be an open councilor at-large race in Ward 1 next year, with incumbent Scott Lennon, the council president, giving up his a seat to run for mayor.