About Progressive Newton

Progressive Newton is a chapter of Progressive Massachusetts, a statewide, diverse grassroots organization mobilizing around progressive issues, and helping to elect and support committed progressive candidates for public office.

If you’re a progressive, and you live in Newton, Massachusetts, please join us! We are growing our membership and contact list to help make a difference in our home community and around the state.

Progressive Newton is led by a steering committee of local activists.

Cecelia Burks
Cecelia is active in the Newton community. She has woked as a volunteer on political campaigns throughout her life and most recently in 2012 and 2013. Cecelia is the elected affirmative action and outreach officer of the Newton Democratic City Committee. Cecelia lives in Newton Corner.

Ruth Dain
Ruth has dedicated her life to fighting for progressive causes. She brings significant experience as an organizer on both issue and candidate campaigns. Ruth is active in local politics serving in a leadership role in the past on campaigns for Alderman and School Committee. Ruth lives in Newtonville.

Susan Davidoff
Susan is a board member with Progressive Massachusetts. Susan Davidoff has been organizing for peace and justice since the day after the Kent State killings when she demanded that her middle school principal lower the flag and allow the softball field to be used for an anti-war rally. In the 1980′s she organized and participated in many acts of nonviolent civil disobedience leading to her 12 arrests. More recently she has been an inclusion aide in the Newton schools, raised her daughter, and has become active in local politics, including working on the Newton for Obama campaign, as well as the recent Newton budget override. Susan is a resident of Nonantum.

Shawn Fitzgibbons
Shawn has been a lifelong progressive activist who has worked on many candidate and issue campaigns. Shawn serves as co-chairman of the Newton Democratic City Committee, serves on the board of Newton Community Service Center and professionally as a fundraising executive at a major Boston hospital. Shawn is a resident of Newton Centre.

Robert Fitzpatrick
Robert has been involved in progressive campaigns in Massachusetts, New York, and Washington, D.C. since 1994. Most recently he participated in Governor Deval Patrick’s 2006 and 2010 campaigns, and the campaigns of Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, and Rep. Joe Kennedy. He also is active in the Newton Democratic City Committee. He is a lawyer and lives in Newtonville.

Carol Fulton 
Carol is a long time activist who has worked on many Democratic campaigns. She is the elected district vice chair of the Newton Democratic City Committee where she has been active as a leader for many years. Carol lives in Newton Corner.

Neysha Gonzalez
Neysha is a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she was active in community affairs. She moved to Newton in 2010 and worked with the Elizabeth Warren, Joe Kennedy, and Ed Markey campaigns. She is a member of the Newton Democratic City Committee and teaches high school Spanish in Boston. She lives in Newtonville.

David Knuttunen
David is a socialist, father, random guitar player and occasional poet. Professionally David works as a structural engineer. David is from Nonantum.

Sharon Stout
Sharon is a member of the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee and the vice chairperson of the Newton Democratic State Committee. She has significant campaign experience and is a committed community activist.  Sharon lives in Newton Corner.

Catherine Willinger
Catherine volunteered for Elizabeth Warren’s election campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2012 and played a leadership role in Newton for Congressman Ed Markey’s election in 2013.  She is a member of the Ward 2 Democratic Committee and a resident of Newtonville.