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Newton 20/20 Co-Chair Dan Fahey Endorses Ken Parker for Mayor

Dan Fahey, a local citizen activist in Newton, and a co-chair of the group Newton 20/20, has decided to throw his support behind Ken Parker for mayor.

"Over the last year I have had the privilege of working with all of Newton's current candidates for Mayor.  After much careful thinking, I have decided to support Alderman Ken Parker's candidacy.  Newton is at a crossroads.  Difficult economic times, a crumbling infrastructure and a lack of long-term planning have led to a staggering $50 million deficit."

Fahey is concerned that the approach that local elected officials nhave applied to governing our city in recent years simply can not continue; the costs are too high. 

"We're in a big hole, and we need to think in new and innovative ways to find a way out.  To me, Ken Parker has proven himself to be the type of leader who is ready to take on these challenges."

Although there are several solid candidates, Fahey feels that Ken is the most likely to take the bold actions that are required to reverse the years of status quo management from the current administration.

"I have truly enjoyed getting to know Dan over the past 18 months," said Ken Parker. "His business management experience and creative thinking have been invaluable as we put together the Blueprint for Newton's Future last year, and he has worked since then to encourage local leaders to embrace best practices as a way to make local government more efficient."

Dan Fahey is the founder and co-chair of Newton 20/20, an organization focused on more efficient, transparent local government.  Previously Dan served as a financial services executive for BankBoston and elsewhere.  In retirement, he's been actively involved with the MBTA's RIDE program.

To read Dan's full column explaining his endorsement, please click here.