Newton mayoral race: What sets the candidates apart?

If you’ve missed the memo, the race for mayor is well under way.

After Mayor Setti Warren announced he would not be running for a third term about half a dozen candidates have jumped into the race. Among the candidates are three City Councilors: Ruthanne Fuller, Scott Lennon and Amy Sangiolo. The TAB asked three candidates what sets them apart from their peers. Here’s Amy Mah Sangiolo’s story.

Amy Sangiolo

Sangiolo has been in the City Council for over 20 years, making her the longest-serving councilor in the mayoral race. In 1997 she won her seat from an incumbent. During her tenure on City Council she said she has a record of standing up to developers and requesting additional affordable units. Part of this record includes standing up to 40B developments.

Currently, Sangiolo is the only candidate to come out against the Charter Commission’s proposed changes in regards to eliminating ward councilors.

“I believe each ward and village deserves accountable representation and a voice and seat at the table,” said Sangiolo.

She has been a supporter of historic districts and historic preservation.

But she said her home life also gives her a different perspective.

“I live in a two-family house in order to afford to live in Newton and it is an inter-generational home. I have my 92-year-old mother, children, two dogs and a cat living there,” said Sangiolo.

Sangiolo was the first in her family to attend college. She is also an Asian-American woman in a community where the Asian population has been increasing over the years.

Professionally, Sangiolo is an attorney with a specialization in environmental law.

A runoff election is scheduled for Sept. 12, with the top two finishers moving on to November’s general election.