December 1, 2020
For Immediate Release
Madeline Ranalli Enters Race for Newton City Council
November 20 (Newton, MA) - Newton resident and political organizer Madeline “Maddy” Ranalli today announced her campaign for a Newton City Council At-Large seat from Ward 1 in the city’s upcoming special election, promising to bring progressive leadership and a fresh perspective to city government.
Maddy is a lifelong resident of Ward 1, and is deeply invested in the Newton community. She is a product of the Newton schools, where she first began organizing around important causes like climate change and gun violence, and is currently studying government and environmental science at Harvard University.
“I’m part of a generation that had to grow up very fast politically—because we’ve had no choice,” she said. “We have a responsibility to take on the many urgent problems that we all face. Whether it’s been advocating for gun violence prevention legislation, marching alongside other young activists, or organizing around racial justice here in Newton, I’ve been committed to advocating for important change.” Maddy understands that Newton needs to walk the walk and lead on important issues, putting its values into action to achieve tangible goals.
Maddy has served as the Political Director strategist for March for Our Lives: Massachusetts, a youth-led gun violence prevention organization, and on the board of the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence. She has worked in U.S. Senator Ed Markey’s office and as a campaign fellow for both US Senator Elizabeth Warren in Iowa and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez. Most recently, Maddy has dedicated her time to organizing around racial justice in Newton.
A bold, invested advocate and a young leader committed to progressive change, Ranalli will listen to the concerns of community members and act on those concerns, prioritizing inclusivity and equity. She plans to focus her attention on urgently and comprehensively addressing the key needs of the Newton community, with a strong emphasis on advancing racial justice, affordable housing, and concrete measures to combat climate change.
In announcing her candidacy today, Ranalli also expressed her sincere condolences to the friends, family, and supporters of City Councilor Jay Ciccone, who passed away unexpectedly on November 7th. Maddy hopes to carry on his legacy of serving Newton and the residents of Ward 1 with dedication and passion.
Maddy is also committed to bringing Newton residents together around our shared values of fundamental decency and compassion for family, friends, and neighbors. Her dedication to politics stems from her years growing up around civic life in Newton. As both an Italian-American who speaks Italian and a lifelong member of Temple Emanuel in Newton Center, she is dedicated to building bridges between people of different backgrounds, faiths, and generations, and she is passionate about preserving and building on what is best about Ward 1, Nonantum, Newton Corner, and indeed all of Newton.