I first met Bryan Barash, who is running for City Council from Ward 2, when I began to think about becoming a candidate for school committee. Before launching my campaign, I wanted to meet with as many community leaders and activists as I could. Among the many wonderful people across Newton who shared their time and wisdom with me, Bryan stood out for his thoughtfulness and his dedication to our community. I am proud to call him my friend, and I know that, in Bryan, the people of Ward 2 will have a city councilor who shares my values.

My primary passion is the Newton Public Schools. Bryan understands how important our public schools, and especially the dedicated people who work in them, are to Newton. He was a community leader in the successful effort to prevent outsourcing of Newton school custodians’ jobs and has been outspoken in his support for our teachers, earning him the enthusiastic endorsement of the Newton Teachers Association.

Bryan is dedicated to making Newton an inclusive place where people of all races and nationalities, religions, sexual orientations and gender identities are welcomed and valued. He believes that diversity makes us stronger, and he has put that belief into practice in his two terms of service on the Newton Human Rights Commission.

It is important to me that Bryan is a strong ally to the LGBTQ+ community. He serves on the board of the Bay State Stonewall Democrats and, in his day job at the state Senate, worked to help pass public accommodation protections for transgender people in Massachusetts. When anti-LGBTQ+ groups tried to take those civil rights away with a ballot question last year, Bryan worked side-by-side with me to keep them in place.

Because Bryan is running for ward councilor, I can’t vote for him on Nov. 5 from down here in Ward 8. If you live in Ward 2, you can and you should. He will be a tremendous addition to the City Council.

Matthew Miller

Newton School Committee member, Ward 8

Shute Path, Oak Hill Park