As a Newton city councilor, I campaigned against retail marijuana in the Garden City. The risks to public health of industrialized THC are poorly understood, while the benefits are mis-characterized by a multi-billion-dollar industry that is borrowing its playbook from Big Tobacco. We may have lost the Opt Out vote, due in part to an unfair ballot configuration, but on the land use committee I am continuing to stand up to developers who want to flood Newton with retail marijuana.
Simple values, hard at work
Facts matter. The Newton TAB endorsed Jake as "a thoughtful, independent voice on the city council." From housing to cannabis, he focuses on policy, not popularity.
Great teachers last a lifetime. Jake learned from the best at Newton Public Schools, then Harvard and MIT. He pays it forward with unwavering support for education, including pre-K and full-day K, that has won praise from both Mayors Warren and Fuller.
Service beyond the uniform. As a Captain in the Marines, Jake commanded infantry in Afghanistan and Panama. As a city councilor, 5K+ residents read his monthly newsletter, described as “the best communication I've ever read from a local official“ and “a breath of fresh air… full of thoughtful analysis in a tone that restores hope for civil, informed debate.”