Candidate Statement 2012: Casey A. Hatchett

April 23, 2012 by

I am running for re-election to TMM for Precinct 12 because I am committed to making our community a better and safer place to live and work. I have been a resident of Brookline for 18 years and own a home on University Road where I live with my husband and three sons, ages 7, 5 and 4 and one daughter, age 1. I have been very active in our community for many years, serving as a Brookline Police Officer for the last 14 years, as Chair/Co-Chair of the Brookline Commission for Women for the last seven and as an active parent at Driscoll School. I have a wealth of relevant experience and knowledge on both professional and personal fronts.

My priority areas include:

  • Public Safety
  • Schools
  • Environment
  • Strong Town Services

I bring diverse work experiences and considerable community involvement in several areas. Being the mother of four young children, I will continue to be a strong voice for young families in our community who seek an excellent public education.

During the last 14 years as a Brookline Police Officer, I have been assigned to the Patrol Division, the Community Service Division and currently to the Crime Analysis Unit. I also sit on the Brookline Emergency Management Team and coordinate the Town’s CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). I worked extensively on the BPD’s Racial Profiling Prevention Strategies grant program and was editor and a contributing author for the BPD’s 10 Year Report on Racial Profiling Prevention. I have extensive experience as a grant writer as well. As your town meeting member, I bring more than a decade of experience in helping people who are underserved and disadvantaged and have strong feelings on fairness and justice. I have been fortunate to work under the direction of a progressive police chief and to have the opportunity to work on a variety of initiatives that help make Brookline a safe and enjoyable place to live.

As Chair and Co-Chair of the Brookline Commission for Women for the last seven years, I have helped institute an active agenda of programs and initiatives that support and promote women in Brookline. The Brookline Commission for Women strives to support women in all aspects of their lives and to promote the cultural, racial, and economic diversity of Brookline. Specifically, I have helped to coordinate seven Dress for Success Clothing Drives to help underprivileged women entering the workforce and three children clothing and book drives. I have worked on programs that educate women in the community on topics such as breast cancer (through the showing of the documentary film Toxic Bust which links chemicals in the environment to breast cancer) and money management (which taught attendees how to repair bad credit, make spending/saving plan and reduce costs.). I have also helped coordinate the annual Women Who Inspire Us essay contests and award ceremonies which celebrate women in the community making a significant impact on the lives of children and others in our community.

Over the last five years, I have also been a member of the Jennifer A. Lynch Committee Against Domestic Violence and currently serve as Treasurer. The JAL works to raise domestic violence awareness and prevention through education and programming.

I earned a Bachelor of Arts from Boston University in Political Science with a minor in Sociology and a Masters Degree from Western New England College in Criminal Justice Administration. During college, I developed my interest in public service while interning with the Governor’s Council and working for Congressman Joseph Kennedy at his District office and on his re-election campaign. I furthered this interest in public service while working as a speechwriter and policy analyst for the Secretary of Public Safety (Kathleen O’Toole) and went on to pursue a career in law enforcement as a result of her inspiration. My policy work at the Secretariat focused on community policing, domestic violence prevention, improved technology for law enforcement (computers/radios) and diplomatic work with Northern Ireland regarding the implementation of community policing in their country. Most recently, I have started teaching graduate students at Suffolk University, where I serve as an Adjunct Professor.

Through my work and community service, I am intricately involved in our community. Thank you for the opportunity to serve our community these last three years. I hope I can count on your support at the polls on May 1st!

Casey A. Hatchett


Candidate Statement 2012: Stefanie A. Greenfield

April 20, 2012 by

Town Meeting Member since 2007. Homeowner. Married to Mark Allen with two children at Driscoll School. Architect. Partner Cambridge Seven Associates. Member AIA (American Institute of Architects, BSA (Boston Society of Architects), NEWIRE (New England Women in Real Estate, USGBC (US Green Building Council), LEED AP, email:

Candidate Statement 2012: Jonathan H. Grand

April 20, 2012 by

Dear Precinct 12 residents,

I am asking for your vote in the May 1st election for Town Meeting members. I have represented you since 1997 and during that time, I have missed only one night when I was out of town on business. I think that Town Meeting members have two basic obligations to voters: 1) Attend and vote at all Town Meetings; and 2) Make your votes public so that voters know how you have represented them. As such, I have supported all warrant articles and motions on the floor that are in favor of recorded votes.

I have been a resident of Brookline since 1978. Initially, I lived in a rent control apartment in the Coolidge Corner area and became familiar with tenant issues. When I moved to this precinct and into my condominium, I first ran on a pro-rent control slate. Most of us were defeated and rent control was abolished statewide shortly thereafter. I then joined Neighbors Building Brookline (NBB) in 1997 and was elected as a Town Meeting member. NBB comprises 13 of the incumbent Town Meeting members running for re-election and I am running as part of that slate. I have been endorsed by Brookline PAX in every one of my previous elections and have been informed that I will be endorsed by them this year as well.

Since moving into this precinct in 1987, I was for many years a trustee of the Beaconsfield Town House Condominium Trust. I am also a volunteer for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and have worked at several flu clinics since joining CERT.

I grew up in the Bronx, New York and am a graduate of Evander Childs H.S. and Hunter College of the City University of New York. I have a B.A. in Political Science and an M.S.W. from the University of Michigan. I was a caseworker in “Fort Apache” in the South Bronx for five years and have worked for a number of non-profit organizations in the field of alcohol and drug abuse treatment since moving to Boston in 1974. I have been an Executive Director of two organizations and have worked for the past 20 years as a consultant for Advocates for Human Potential, Inc., which is a provider of contractual services to Federal and State agencies.

One of the delights of moving to New England is the discovery of the joys of the outdoors. I have been a bicycling and ski leader for the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) for over 30 years and as a result have developed many deep friendships. To show my appreciation, I have served as a member and then Chairperson of the Leadership Training Committee as well as Vice Chair and then Chair of the 24,000 member Boston Chapter of AMC.

I hope you will cast your vote for me on May 1 at our temporary polling place in the Brookline High School gymnasium. If you have any questions, please email me at

Jonathan H. (Jon) Grand

Candidate Statement 2012: Bruce Cohen

April 19, 2012 by

Why am I running for Town Meeting?


I am running for this position because I believe in community service and I want to continue to promote the high quality of life in Brookline.  I am a firm believer in public service—I have worked in Federal and state government for over 25 years, and I have been active in civic affairs my entire adult life. I believe our neighborhood, Washington Square, is developing a wonderful mix of small businesses. I want to see it thrive while maintaining the relatively low-key atmosphere.  I am concerned about further congestion and making sure our commercial efforts are in character with the neighborhood homes.  I am also very optimistic about our entire community—for me, Brookline is a wonderful blend of urban and suburban.  I use the T every day as well trying to shop locally; it still is relatively easy to get into town and get out of town quickly.  For a town our size, we have great local services—the library, our recreational opportunities, an incredibly supportive local health Department, and great schools.  I want to help plan to make these even better.

What is your background?


Currently, I am President of Friends of Brookline Public Health, chair of the Brookline Public Health Advisory Council, serve as co-chair of the Western Suburban Community Health Network, and participate on the Health Committee of Brookline’s Sister City Project.  I have also been on TMMA executive board, the Brookline Neighborhood Alliance, past co-chair of the Washington Square Coalition, and Vice-President of Brookline Youth Baseball.  I have lived in Brookline for 24 years, and my son is a Runkle and BHS graduate.

Candidate Statement 2012: Lee Cooke Childs

April 19, 2012 by

Town Meeting Member for 19 years first elected in Precinct 10, I topped the ticket and was voted in on the Rent Control issue. We subsequently moved to Precinct 12 in 1999 and with my now deceased husband Maury Childs became members of Neighbors Building Brookline. All seven of our children, including triplets went through Brookline Schools (several).

A former head teacher and board member of the Brookline Arts Center, I went on to graduate from the Radcliff Seminars in Landscape Design, apprenticed with a small private firm and the Massachusetts Division of Capital Planning, achieved registration as a Landscape Architect and worked with my husband’s firm, CBT Architects doing transit planning and institutional design.

As member of the League of Women Voters Brookline I co-chaired Future Search, a broad-based planning charrette for the Comprehensive Plan. I am currently Co-chair of Aspinwall Hill Neighborhood Association and Treasurer of the Brookline Neighborhood Alliance, both outgrowths of Future Search.

Since 1994 I have been working as a registered Real Estate Broker with Chobee Hoy Associates. As a resident for over 40 years I have always been concerned with the Brookline Public Schools, the quality of life in our neighborhoods and in good, transparent and fiscally sound local government. I have enjoyed the endorsement of Brookline Pax for every election. I would appreciate your vote. Thank you.

Candidate Statement 2012: Michael A. Burstein

April 19, 2012 by

Dear Precinct 12 residents,

In 2008, my wife and I moved to the precinct from precinct 9 in Brookline, and in 2009, you elected me to represent you in Town Meeting. I had been a Town Meeting Member from precinct 9 since 2001, and I was glad to have the opportunity to represent my new precinct with the same dedication with which I represented my old precinct.

I am proud to say that in my twelve years as a Town Meeting Member, I have never once missed a night of Town Meeting. This was even after my wife and I welcomed twin daughters into our family two months after the 2009 election.

I have long been a resident of Brookline. I first lived in the town from 1991-1993 when I was a graduate student, and my wife and I have lived in Brookline from the day we were married in 1995. In 2001, I ran for the Town Meeting seat being vacated by Representative Frank Israel Smizik and won it with his endorsement. As a Town Meeting Member, I have paid careful attention to all the issues that have come before us and have been responsive to the concerns of my constituents. For example, after hearing how annoyed many of you were by excessive political robocalls during the special Senate race and the 2010 election, I filed two warrant articles in Town Meeting to encourage political candidates to find other means of reaching their voters. Sadly, Town Meeting did not vote in favor of either of my warrant articles, even after amended, but I like to think that we did succeed in sending a message.

Along with being a Town Meeting Member, since 2004 I have also been an elected Library Trustee. As a Trustee, I have done many things to improve library service in our town. As chair the building committee, I kept tabs on the renovation projects at the Coolidge Corner and Putterham branches and advocated for an extra staff member at the Coolidge Corner branch to relieve congestion. I pushed for increased funding to the materials budget, which we got. I supported and endorsed an override to keep town services at a level that our citizens expect, and I worked on getting the RFID circulation program approved to relieve congestion in our libraries. Throughout my time as a Trustee I have supported opening the Coolidge branch of the library on Sunday afternoons all summer, and I expect that this summer we will finally see that happen.

I grew up in New York City and graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in Physics and from Boston University with an M.A. in Physics. For many years I worked as a teacher, teaching at the Cambridge School of Weston and then at the Rashi School. I currently edit science textbooks at Pearson Education. I am also an award-winning science-fiction writer; my collection “I Remember the Future: The Award-Nominated Stories of Michael A. Burstein,” is available in the Brookline libraries. My wife and I write The Brookline Parent column for the Brookline Patch website. We are active members of our synagogue, Kadimah-Toras Moshe, located just over the border in Brighton.

For those who wish to know more about me, I maintain websites at and

I am a member of Neighbors Building Brookline, which comprises 13 of your incumbent Town Meeting Members, and have been endorsed for re-election by the group. I have also been endorsed by Brookline PAX, as I have in every one of my previous elections.

I hope you will cast your vote for me on May 1 at our temporary polling place in the Brookline High School gymnasium. If you have any questions about my role as your representative, please email me at

Campaign Season 2012: Candidate Statements Coming

April 16, 2012 by

Greetings again to all our neighbors in precinct 12 of Brookline, Massachusetts. As you may know, every ten years the municipal elections in Brookline take on a slightly higher importance than usual. With the changing of our precinct boundaries due to the census, some precincts find that all 15 of their Town Meeting seats are up for grabs that year. Our precinct falls into this category, so when you go to the polls on May 1, 2012, you’ll find that you have a lot of choices to make.

Precinct 12 is fortunate in that we have 17 well-qualified candidates running for the 15 seats. Neighbors Building Brookline encourages you to cast 13 of your votes for our group, which has represented our precinct in Town Meeting for many years. We endorse the following candidates for re-election:

Michael A. Burstein
Lee Cooke Childs
Bruce Cohen
Jonathan Grand
Stefanie Greenfield
Casey Hatchett
Jonathan A. Karon
David B. Klafter
Judy Meyers
Michael F. Oates
A. Joseph Ross
William E. Slotnick
Don Weitzman

To help you get to know our candidates better, starting this Thursday we’ll be posting candidate statements from each one of us. Come back to our blog every weekday from Thursday April 19 until Thursday April 26 and you’ll find new candidate statements until you’ve gotten the chance to know all of us. We hope you’ll read them all and make your decision to support the candidates of Neighbors Building Brookline on May 1.

Campaign Season 2012

March 21, 2012 by

Good day to residents of Precinct 12! For those of you who were wondering, Neighbors Building Brookline is still around, and as we approach the town’s election day on May 1, we’ll be posting here about our members who are running for re-election. Hope to see you here!

Candidate Statement: Jonathan A. Karon

April 29, 2011 by

Dear Precinct 12 Voter:

I’m Jon Karon and I’m running for the one-year term in Town Meeting. I’d like to tell you about myself and ask for your vote in the Town Election on Tuesday, May 3rd.

I’ve had the honor of serving on Brookline’s School Committee; and on the Advisory Committee, which is our Town’s Finance Committee; and in Town Meeting. I’ve been responsible for important budget decisions affecting both our schools and town services, and I have a record of fighting for my budget priorities: first class public schools; public safety; and essential services, especially for our senior citizens. I also support necessary investments in infrastructure, particularly keeping our roads and sidewalks in good repair. While on the Advisory Committee, I chaired its Planning and Regulation Sub-Committee where I worked to ensure that neighborhood concerns were taken seriously when considering proposed residential and commercial development.

I first moved to Brookline in 1983 and I’m a homeowner on Winthrop Road. I’ve been involved in our community in ways beyond my service in Town government. In particular, I’ve had the honor of serving on the Boards of Directors of the Brookline Greenspace Alliance and the Brookline Rotary Club, and I’ve been an active member of the Brookline Democratic Town Committee.

I would like to return to Town Meeting to serve our Precinct. I’ll work to ensure that tough budget choices are made wisely and with compassion; that our neighborhoods are treated fairly; and that decisions on warrant articles reflect the progressive values of Brookline.

Town elections are important and every vote counts. No matter whom you vote for, please remember that our polling place has moved from the Runkle School to Brookline High School.

If elected, I will listen to you and work for you. I thus ask for your vote for the one-year term for Town Meeting Member from Precinct 12. Please feel free to e-mail me at or call me at 617-367-3311 if you would like more information or would like to share your concerns on our Town or our neighborhood. Thank you very much.


Jonathan A. (Jon) Karon

Brookline Town Election – May 3, 2011

April 29, 2011 by

Greetings from your neighbors in Precinct 12. We’d like to remind everyone that next Tuesday is our town election day, and that our polling place has temporarily moved from the Runkle School to Brookline High School.

Neighbors Building Brookline is not running a slate this year or making endorsements for Town Meeting. However, there is a contested race for the one-year Town Meeting seat, and in that race many of your Town Meeting Members are supporting Jonathan A. Karon. Jon is a former member of Brookline’s Town Meeting, School Committee, and Advisory Committee, and he has been endorsed by 12 of your current Town Meeting Members, including Michael A. Burstein, Bruce B. Cohen, Jonathan H. Grand, Stefanie A. Greenfield, Casey A. Hatchett, David B. Klafter, Judy Meyers, Michael F. Oates, Thomas A. Reed, A. Joseph Ross, William E. Slotnick, and Donald C. Weitzman.

We’re hoping to have a candidate statement posted from Jonathan A. Karon later today.