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 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 would add a valuable voice that is not currently represented on the Newton City Council.

I value accountability and transparency in government.

In 2009 I made one of the best decisions in my life, I moved to the wonderful city of Newton. In 2017 I was elected to the Newtonville Area Council. And in 2018 I was appointed to the Newtonville Historic District Commission.

I grew up in Brookline, MA and attended the Brookline Public Schools. In 2004 I graduated from Springfield College with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. I have been employed at Harvard University Press since 2008 as a Royalty Specialist.

I believe in the power of education and youth sports, and I have been officiating youth basketball games since 2008 and youth soccer games since 1996.

I enjoy swimming and reading, especially history.

Tarik supports local representation in Newton


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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