The Newton election is less than two weeks away, and the mayoral candidates made their cases during a debate this week.
Mayor Setti Warren emphasized his record over the last four years, including his work to eliminate the city's deficit and create a capital plan. Ted Hess-Mahan talked about his decade of experience on the Board of Alderman, his work as an attorney and efforts to help the homeless, according to a story in the Boston Globe.
Warren said he has worked in a collaborative way with our unions, our employees, to ensure that we had a long term sustainable financial plan for the city, according to the report. He also settled contacts with city unions that will save the city $200 million.
The biggest issue facing the city, Hess-Mahan said, is the $600 million post employment benefits liability deficit. He also said the morale of the city staff is low due to staff turnover. He also pointed to the lack of affordable housing in Newton