We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. -Martin Luther King Jr.

Tarik Lucas and canine friend, Chip

About Tarik

I am running for an at-large seat on our City Council because I love Newton and want to ensure it stays welcoming and affordable to people at all income levels. As a young professional, a union member, and a middle-class resident who currently rents in Newton, I believe I will add a valuable voice not currently represented on the Newton City Council.

My parents are my heroes.  They are the descendants of immigrants from the island of Nevis and indigenous Americans on my mother’s side, and freed slaves, indigenous Canadians and Russian Jews on my father’s side. My father is a retired postal worker, and my mother has been working on the frontlines of the pandemic as a psychiatric nurse at Massachusetts Mental Health Center.  They each have overcome a lot in their lives.  I owe them everything, particularly for my education.  And as a public-school graduate, I will support our schools and educational services for all Newton students, especially as we navigate the challenges of COVID-19.  

When I was 3 years old, my mother moved our family from Boston to Brookline so that my siblings and I could receive a better education.  This was not an easy decision, because Brookline was a more expensive community, but my family always put education first. When people tell me, they moved to Newton for the schools, I understand, because my parents sacrificed a lot to do that for me.

After graduating from Brookline High School in 2000, I attended Springfield College thanks to generous financial aid.  In 2004, I earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and have been employed at Harvard University Press as a Royalty Specialist since 2008.

In 2009, I made one of the best decisions in my life: I moved to the wonderful city of Newton.  I had lived in Brighton, but I was attracted to Newton’s open space and unique layout of numerous village centers.  By 2017 I was ready to get more politically involved in our community and was elected to the Newtonville Area Council.  In 2018, Mayor Ruthanne Fuller appointed me to serve on the Newtonville Historic District Commission.

With a moderate income, I know how important it is for Newton to be accessible to residents of all income levels. As our City Council develops a new zoning code, I will be a voice for ensuring that our zoning strategy focuses on increasing the amount of accessible and affordable housing in Newton, rather than just developing properties to be sold at higher cost and density. 

As a beneficiary of an excellent public-school education, I will always be a strong voice for our schools. 

As a referee of adult and youth soccer since 1996, and a referee of adult and youth basketball since 2008, I am trained in the art of being fair, the importance of setting and enforcing clear rules — and remaining centered while making fair judgements.  With your help, I will bring these skills and this outlook to the Newton City Council.

Tarik supports local representation in Newton

Accomplishments

Elected to the Newtonville Area Council in 2017. I wanted to be a part of the changes coming to Newtonville and Newton in general. I strongly support Newton’s unique local governing concept of area councils. I am proud to be an elected member of the NAC.

Helped create a residential survey about future development on Washington Street. The only way to determine what local residents really want their community to be is to ASK them! Strong communication and understanding is essential to building strong communities.

Worked with “No on Charter” in 2017 to help defeat the Charter Commission’s proposals to eliminate local representation on the City Council. Voters rejected the changes quite resoundingly.

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