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photo of Diana Fisher GombergDear Friends,

I am so happy share the news that I have won the election!  I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the Newton Public Schools as a member of the School Committee.  It is such an honor to be elected for this major role.  I am eager to take on the challenges and the responsibility of serving.

I am deeply touched by the amazing amount of work my supporters have done to make tonight possible. I had a wonderful core team of campaign advisors, captains of get-out-vote calls, election day sign-holding, yard signs, finance, house parties, communications, and database work, and I had school liaisons, house party hosts and volunteers who helped in every way.  This was a real grassroots campaign and it’s amazing how many people we reached and how much we accomplished over the last 9 months.  I want to thank every single one of you who has helped to make this campaign possible.  Since the election was so close, it’s clear that every bit of help was crucial!

Once the results were in, Josh reached out to congratulate me and I want everyone to know that I welcome his support and look forward to working with him and representing all of his supporters once I’m in office, because as I said many times while campaigning, it’s essential for School Committee members to build relationships with residents across the city, whether current school parents or not, since the schools belong to all of us.

Thank you all so much for your support, your encouragement, and your generosity.  I will never forget your kindness and I am eager to continue working together in the future.  Please stay in touch and feel free to contact me anytime.

All my best and thanks for your support,

Diana

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Dear Friends,

Thank you for visiting my web site. I am honored to be a candidate in the city-wide election for the Ward 4 School Committee seat. I care deeply about Newton, and I believe that educating our children is a fundamental responsibility of our city, no matter how the economy fluctuates in any given year. We must be creative and open-minded in identifying ways to lower our costs and increase our resources in order to provide a quality education to our city’s youth, especially in this challenging financial environment.

I am independent, open-minded, and creative, and I believe we can identify workable solutions so that we can maintain reasonable class sizes and breadth of programs, including the arts. My 8 years of experience in the school system has given me knowledge of the issues and a deep understanding of how the system works. I have advocated for the schools through PTOs, School Councils, speaking before the School Committee, and working with Stand for Children to increase education funding from the state. I also have professional training in program management and evaluation from the Harvard School of Public Health. I have the analytic and advocacy skills necessary for the job. I am also a collaborative activist who works well on a team of people with diverse perspectives.

If elected, I will bring years of school advocacy experience and an enthusiasm to explore new options to help keep our Newton schools strong. We need to make the school system run as efficiently as possible without compromising the core values that make Newton’s schools so wonderful. Newton has already experienced many cuts to staffing, programming, per pupil spending, program development, administration, and supervision. If we do not make smart decisions now that put us on the path to financial sustainability, education in Newton will degrade and we will no longer have quality schools. The time for action is now. We need to protect our school system and keep it strong.

I am committed to the Newton schools and I am eager to serve the community through the School Committee. I look forward to the opportunity to talk to you more about your ideas, thoughts, and hopes for Newton.

Sincerely,

Diana Fisher Gomberg