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Vote for Rebecca Stone

As chair of the Select Board, when I pick up the phone to call our state representative, I want the person on the other end to be someone I trust to listen and to do what’s right for ALL of Brookline. That’s why I encouraged Rebecca Stone to run for this seat, and that’s why I am asking everyone to vote for her on Sept. 4.

The State Legislature is the most consequential political body affecting the fortunes of Brookline: aid to cities and towns, local autonomy over zoning and density, and laws and regulations affecting our public schools. Yes, we want a representative who shares Brookline’s progressive values. But we need a legislator who knows what it means to see Brookline as a whole town, who has grappled in particular with how to allocate public dollars to balance what we want with a range of constraints and imperatives.

Rebecca is the only candidate with that essential knowledge and experience, gained from her 12 years of dedicated service and leadership on the School Committee.

As a member of the Advisory Committee and now on the Select Board, I have worked with Rebecca on some of Brookline’s most complex challenges. Twice she helped the Select Board craft the basis for a Proposition 2 ½ override, and twice she helped lead the successful campaigns. When enrollments continued to climb, it was Rebecca who insisted that we needed the whole town in the discussion of enrollment growth and the question of how to expand our schools.

I can honestly say there is no one whose judgement I value more. That’s because Rebecca delves deeply into issues, listens carefully to different perspectives, and works to build consensus around the action or policy that’s needed, even if it’s not universally popular. That’s called integrity, and we could use a whole lot more of that in today’s political climate.

A vote for Rebecca is a vote for Brookline. Please vote Rebecca Stone for state representative on Sept. 4.

Neil Wishinsky, Chair, Brookline Select Board

Henry Street

Stone’s an Independent Thinker

I will vote for Rebecca Stone as our state representative in the Sept. 4 primary election. I urge Brookline voters who want a smart, effective, and independent progressive woman to represent them to also vote for Rebecca Stone.

When I first ran for the Select Board, I asked Rebecca to help with my campaign’s messaging. What I found was a brilliant campaigner who was invaluable to the success of my campaign. Rebecca can articulate policies that are grounded in thoughtful progressive values and that address the pressing problems facing our Commonwealth, whether gun violence, the treatment of immigrants and refugees, or the affordable housing crisis. And while both candidates for state representative have similar positions on major issues, three things make Rebecca stand out.

First, Rebecca has a razor-sharp mind and serious skills as a consensus builder. She both listens to and hears different perspectives. She also understands the complexities and nuances of policy and can explain them to people in an easy to understand and persuasive way.

Second, the depth of Rebecca’s experience enables her to identify the precise steps to implement good policies. That includes gathering the necessary information, understanding the multiple facets of the problem, and mobilizing the coalitions required to implement policies successfully.

Third, Rebecca is an independent thinker. She will decide on issues and fight for policies using both her head and her heart and her independent judgement. Rebecca will not vote to return political favors or to echo popular positions. She will vote for what is right for Brookline.

These three attributes are especially important in the difficult environment of the Massachusetts Statehouse and government where progressive is often a label but not a commitment. Rebecca Stone is the person with the progressive commitment that our district needs as its representative.

Bernard Greene, Brookline Select Board Member

Park Street

Stone has the Training and Commitment

I support Rebecca Stone as Brookline’s next state representative. Although both candidates are good progressive Democrats, Rebecca is the candidate I believe has the temperament, training, experience and commitment that the job demands. She deserves your vote.

Through her 12 years of experience on our School Committee, Rebecca earned great respect from her colleagues and others in town as a thoughtful and collaborative colleague. She will bring well-tested patience and an eye for important detail to the typically long, deliberative process of moving legislation through the committee structure of the Massachusetts House.

Rebecca has worked as a staff member in the U.S. Congress and knows the importance of patience as a newcomer to the in advancing her own agenda. She will place appropriate emphasis on building relationships with her House and Senate colleagues, something any legislator needs to be effective in the long run.

I first worked with Rebecca when she offered to help advocate for my warrant article on burying overhead utility wires in Brookline. Rebecca’s interest in that proposal was emblematic of her policy orientation of investing early for long-term progress. She has been a strong advocate for early education and to improve maternal and child health care. In Brookline, she promoted strategic planning for the public schools and a comprehensive facilities master plan that anticipated our need for capital expansion.

Rebecca has also been a great supporter of BrooklineCAN and our efforts to establish more age-friendly services and infrastructure. Though only in her 50s, she was an early member of BrooklineCAN and participates as a safe sidewalks monitor in Coolidge Corner after snowstorms. Rebecca is also an exceptionally good listener. That plus her instinct to help means she will provide responsive constituent services, a key component of being a successful representative.

Brookline has a chance to elect a progressive, a woman, an incredibly smart, hard worker, and a true public servant to the State Legislature. Please join me in voting for Rebecca!

Frank Caro

Beacon Street

‘Mentor’ backs Rebecca Stone

I had the distinct pleasure of being Rebecca Stone’s “mentor” in her first year on School Committee in 2005. I can say with authority that Brookline has an extraordinary opportunity to send Rebecca to Beacon Hill. Please join me in voting for her as Brookline’s next state representative!

As vice chair of the School Committee when Rebecca first ran, I welcomed any opportunity to learn more about the candidates. To this day, I remember being wowed by Rebecca’s performance during an election forum I attended. Her command of issues was incredible! Little wonder that Brookline public school icons like the late Marcia Heist and Bob Sperber were among her strongest supporters. I quickly became a fan as well.

Rebecca has a palpable enthusiasm for the hard work of public policy. It was obvious to me from the outset that Rebecca was a workhorse, ready to take on any challenge we sent her way.

I was the beneficiary of Rebecca’s “ready, willing and able” modus operandi when we worked together first on the teacher contract negotiations that extended the school day and then on the 2008 override campaign that enabled us to fund the longer day as well as elementary world language instruction.

Rebecca went on to lead two more rounds of teacher negotiations, with the result that Brookline teachers’ salaries went from 20th in the state to fifth during her tenure on the School Committee. Rebecca also led the successful 2015 campaign that funded critical needs in the schools and the long-overdue renovation of the Coolidge Corner School (formerly Devotion).

Rebecca has been a tireless advocate for Brookline’s school children, and she will be a tireless advocate for all of Brookline in the legislature. Though working as a consultant for nonprofits and raising two kids, Rebecca treated School Committee as more than a full-time job. In the legislature, she will have the same whatever-it-takes commitment.

Rebecca’s deep reservoir of knowledge and experience will serve her and Brookline well at the State House. Her priorities — women, children, families, education, gun control, immigrant rights, affordable housing and access to healthcare — are my priorities. That is why I will be voting for Rebecca Stone for state representative on Tuesday, Sept. 4. I hope you will, too!

Judy Meyers

Town Meeting member, Precinct 12

Clinton Road

Vote for Rebecca Stone

All 17,000-plus Democrats and 16,000-plus independents in Brookline can vote in the Sept. 4 Democratic primary. If you live in Precincts 2-4 or 6-13 — most of Brookline north of Route 9 and parts of Chestnut Hill — please vote for Rebecca Stone for state rep on Tuesday Sept. 4.

It’s not often that we get the chance to send someone as qualified as Rebecca to Beacon Hill. Rebecca represents a level of substance and capability that is rare in the world, let alone in state legislatures. She is a progressive with a strong sense of what is just and a determination to push public policy toward justice. She’s been a Town Meeting member since 2002 and served on the School Committee from 2005-16.

Rebecca was instrumental in getting the schools to recognize the need to expand classroom capacity, and she has worked hard to make the tortuous path less tortuous. She negotiated for more time in the school day and introduction of K-12 World Language. She worked to increase funding for professional development and teacher collaboration, helping lead and pass two Prop 2 ½ overrides to ensure Brookline’s commitment to excellent teaching and small class sizes.

Looking toward the state legislature, she has the ability and the desire to represent Brookline’s interests in education, in transportation infrastructure and in getting funding for state mandated initiatives.

Whether you’re a Democrat or an “unenrolled” independent, please return to action the day after Labor Day in this important election year and vote for Rebecca Stone in the primary on Sept. 4.

Michael Sandman

Town Meeting member, Precinct 3, chairperson, Advisory Committee school subcommittee

Educators for Rebecca Stone for State Rep

We write as longtime educators in Brookline to urge your vote on Sept. 4 for Rebecca Stone for state representative. We have seen her incredible dedication to Brookline, to its students, teachers and families, and to strengthening public education. Brookline needs Rebecca on Beacon Hill.

Rebecca is a tireless advocate and coalition builder. On the Site Council for Lawrence School, Rebecca went door to door and convinced neighbors to provide street parking to teachers; the first such effort ever for a Brookline elementary school. On the School Committee, Rebecca negotiated the teacher contract that extended our school day, and then she helped lead the override to pay for it. Rebecca’s effort on that override also gave us world language education for all students starting in Kindergarten.

As School Committee chair, Rebecca raised the alarm about rising school enrollments and then made sure we were able to expand at Runkle, Heath and Lawrence schools. She fought successfully for the renovation of Pierce’s amphitheater and auditorium.

Rebecca will be a fierce advocate for strong public schools. She led the 2015 override against tough opposition, fighting successfully to keep METCO and the materials fee program that lets children of non-resident teachers and staff attend school in Brookline. That override kept the lid on class sizes, added crucial staff in Brookline’s growing schools, and funded the long-awaited renovation of the Coolidge Corner School. Finally, under Rebecca’s leadership of three teacher contract negotiations over 12 years, Brookline’s average teacher salary rose from 20th in the state to fifth.

No one attending the Senior Center forum last week could fail to be impressed by Rebecca’s experience and knowledge of public policy, government and the role of the state legislature. Rebecca has also pledged to make the full-time legislature her full-time job, so we can be sure she’ll be there for us every day.

For knowledge, experience, integrity, and commitment, Brookline cannot do better than Rebecca Stone. We urge your enthusiastic vote for her on Sept. 4.

Rusty Browder, founder The Children’s Book Shop, former Librarian at Lawrence School

Wallis Raemer, former Guidance Counselor at Driscoll School

Pam Redlener, former Literacy Specialist at Lincoln School

Barbara Scotto, Town Meeting member, Precinct. 8, Brookline School Committee, former teacher at Driscoll School

Stone is Smart and Capable

Having worked closely with Rebecca Stone for three years, I believe she is the state representative Brookline needs.

When I joined the Brookline School Committee in 2012, I made a point of attending every Policy sub-committee meeting. That committee, led by Rebecca Stone, was a master class on how to write effective policy. Rebecca led substantive discussions and listened keenly to the concerns of all stakeholders. She demonstrated a gift for revising policy language in a way that was responsive and built consensus. I want a representative in the state legislature who can sit down with her peers and propose well-considered policies that address the concerns of all stakeholders. I know Rebecca has that experience.

Each year, the Brookline School Committee invited our elected state representatives to a legislative breakfast to discuss the challenges the public schools were facing. Rebecca led those sessions, focusing on areas where state assistance could be most productive and conducting the conversation with the legislators in a way that demonstrated her deep knowledge of the process on Beacon Hill. Rebecca will arrive at the Statehouse with years of experience working with the team that represents our town there.

Beyond her work within the School Committee, Rebecca has made major contributions to our town. An outstanding example is her leadership of the 2015 override to increase funding for our growing school population. As part of her team, I watched Rebecca work tirelessly to build coalitions, provide the messaging and materials that our field volunteers needed to succeed, and troubleshoot around every obstacle. Her dedication and skill were on full display in that effort, and it resulted in over 60 percent Yes votes for the override in a year where there was strong opposition. Rebecca never has taken credit for that victory, but as someone who witnessed it first-hand, I give it to her.

Many of us decry the gender imbalance we see in our political leadership. We say we want smart and capable women in positions of power. Brookline, here is your chance: Vote Rebecca Stone for state rep.

Abby Cox

Town Meeting member, Precinct 8

Osborne Road

Vote for Rebecca Stone

I’ve long admired Rebecca Stone. She has been a Town Meeting Member from Precinct 3 (near the Lawrence School) since 2002 and has well represented her precinct. She served four terms on the School Committee. From her website: “While on School Committee, Rebecca served on the Capital Planning subcommittee and chaired three other subcommittees: Policy, Government Relations, and Negotiations. She was elected School Committee vice-chair in 2009, and Chair from 2010-2012. During Rebecca’s tenure on School Committee, she successfully negotiated for more time in the school day and introduction of K-12 World Language. She worked to increase funding for professional development and teacher collaboration, helping lead and pass two Prop 2 ½ overrides to ensure Brookline’s commitment to excellent teaching and small class sizes.”

We need people at the State House who care about and know about schools. And Rebecca Stone is a listener, a cooperator and a hard worker. Please join me Sept. 4 in supporting Rebecca Stone for state representative.

John Bassett

Town Meeting member, Precinct 6

Searle Avenue

Vote for Rebecca Stone

I am voting for Rebecca Stone for state representative on Sept. 4 because she has dedicated 30 years of her career to improving the lives of children, families, and women. Rebecca sees policy issues through the lens of who is left out. That means: How can we fund public education so all children have an equal chance to learn and grow? How can we ensure that all seniors are able to choose where and how they live? How do we give all people with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in community life?

As a PTO and School Council chair, I came to admire Rebecca during her years on the School Committee. She is an attentive listener and tireless worker. Just as important to me, as a public policy professional myself, is Rebecca’s policy expertise. With degree’s from Harvard and Princeton along with many years working in advocacy, legislative, and philanthropic organizations, Rebecca’s grasp of the policy process cannot be beat. She has shown her ability to hear and synthesize the views of many and to craft sound policy for the good of our kids, our schools and our town.

Finally, Rebecca is running not to build a political career but because she believes in Brookline, in democracy, and in taking action. She has the integrity to do what she believes is right, even if it is not universally popular. She has the humility to consider new or opposing information and change her stance based on that knowledge. Local politics is never easy and our national politics has not made it any easier — yet Rebecca is stepping up again for our town. Everyone who cares about our young, our elderly and our most vulnerable should thank her and vote for her!

With her extensive experience, skills, and knowledge, and her approachable style, Rebecca will be an incredibly effective and responsive representative for Brookline. I know she will make us proud.

Sara Stoutland

Westbourne Terrace

Stone’s the Best Candidate

It’s not often that voters have the opportunity to send a candidate to the Statehouse who can hit the ground running. Fortunately for us, the opportunity is now. There may be two progressive Democrats vying for Brookline’s state rep seat, but given the differences in their knowledge, experience and understanding of Brookline, this choice is easy: Vote for Rebecca Stone.

Are you outraged about Citizens United? Rebecca began her career with Ralph Nader, fighting for congressional accountability. She investigated the role of money in congressional politics and exposed those voting more with campaign donors than with voters. She used the newspaper she edited to educate the public and promote campaign finance reform.

Are you outraged that the Massachusetts House refused to protect immigrant families? Rebecca has fought for international human rights as foreign policy legislative staff to two members of Congress. In the 1980s, she documented human rights abuses in Nicaragua and worked with the Ford Foundation to support mothers and children in Lima’s barrios.

She has led policy and advocacy for reproductive rights and early childhood education at several nonprofit organizations. She’s helped foundations invest in innovative work to strengthen families.

Talk to Rebecca for five minutes: You’ll be wowed with the breadth of her policy knowledge and her deep caring for Brookline. As a parent, I worked with Rebecca as she served on School Committee for 12 years. Rebecca always gives credit to someone else, but she’s the reason we have a community conversation about enrollment growth. She’s the reason we were able to expand space at Heath, Runkle, Coolidge Corner and Lawrence Schools. She’s the reason Pierce has a new auditorium and beautiful amphitheater/outdoor classroom. She’s the reason the 2008 and 2015 overrides succeeded, we have world language starting in Kindergarten, and raised teacher salaries from 20th in the state to fifth.

Both candidates for the Legislature are “progressive” Democrats. But when it comes to who’s prepared to fight for our values and for Brookline, there really is NO comparison. Rebecca Stone is the best candidate to be our new state representative.

Pam Roberts

Crowninshield Road