As we gear up for next week's state election, Patch wants readers to stay informed as they head to the voting booths. We recently sent out questionnaires to Republican Greer Tan Swiston and Democrat Kay Khan (incumbent), the two candidates running for the state representative seat in the 11th Middlesex District. The district covers half of Newton.
Below are responses from Democratic candidate Kay Khan:
Name : Ms. Kay Suzanne Khan
Age : 71
Place of residence : Newton Lower Falls
Attended college : Yes
College : Boston University School of Nursing
Degree : B.S; R.N.
Year of graduation : 1965
University : Boston University School of Nursing
Degree : M.S. Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
Year of graduation : 1981
Job titles held : Psychiatric Nurse Clinical Specialist
Employers : Boston Children's Hospital, Boston University School of Nursing, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Khan Clinical Associates
Party affiliation : Democrat
Running for a: State office
Running for position: State Representative
Chamber/district: 11th Middlesex
First elected: 08 November 1994
Previous elective offices : NA
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: NA
Address 18 St. Mary's St.
Name : Kathleen Capstick
Title : Campaign Manager
I have lived in Newton Lower Falls for 41 years with my husband and three children who attended the Newton Public Schools. Two of my three children live in Newton with five of my seven grandchildren. I am proud of my many accomplishments in the nearly 18 years of service to the city of Newton as the state representative from the 11th Middlesex District: Chaired the Joint Legislative Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities; persuaded the Newton-Wellesley Hospital to create a domestic violence prevention program; brought three major sound barriers to Newton, two along the Mass Pike and one on Route 128 in Waban; facilitated safety improvements on Nonantum Road in Newton Corner; secured state funding for major improvements to the Lower Falls Community Center; obtained funding in a state bond bill for irrigation of the Leo J. Martin Golf Course; advocated successfully for the conversion of an unused railroad bridge to a pedestrian walkway over the Charles River in Lower Falls; successfully secured state funding in the late 1990s for harvesting non-native vegetation in the Lakes District of the Charles River in Auburndale; supported the disabled community by initiating and continuing to advocate for an accessibility plan for the Auburndale Commuter Rail Station; co-founded the Newton Cultural Alliance (NCA), promoting the city's many arts and cultural organizations.
It is an honor to be endorsed by Mayor Setti Warren, Alderman Scott Lennon, president of the Board of alderman, and 19 other members of the Board, as well as School Committee Chair Claire Sokoloff and a majority of school committee members.