Read My Campaign Announcement 


My name is Madeline Ranalli. I’m a lifelong Newton resident, a product of our city’s public schools, and a seasoned political advocate. Today, I am proud to announce my candidacy for Newton City Council At Large, serving from Ward One. 


I would first like to express my condolences to the friends and family of Councilor Allan “Jay” Ciccone, who passed away unexpectedly earlier this month. Jay was a fierce advocate for the neighborhood of Nonantum, a dedicated public servant, and a model of integrity to all. I hope to carry on Jay’s legacy, serving the Newton community with the same passion that he brought to the council since 2007. 


My own interest in politics began in my younger years. I grew up around public service in my family, in our neighborhood, and as a passionate Italian-American. I feel strongly about preserving the traditions of the beloved neighborhoods of Ward One, including Nonantum.


I’m part of a generation that had to grow up very fast politically because we’ve simply had no choice. Young people have been forced into responsibility to take on many urgent problems that face our city and our world. Whether it’s been advocating for gun violence prevention legislation, participating in climate marches, or organizing around racial justice here in Newton, I am a committed advocate for important change. Most recently, I have served as the Political Director strategist for March for Our Lives: Massachusetts, a youth-led gun violence prevention organization, advocating for lifesaving firearm legislation. A bold, invested advocate and an empathetic leader committed to positive, progressive change, I will listen to the concerns of community members and act on those concerns, prioritizing inclusive values and equity. 


Together, I know we can address the needs of the Newton community and meet the urgency of this moment. We can build a city that makes bold decisions and sets an example for other municipalities. I'm running to expand housing affordability, advocate for racial justice and value-driven budgeting, tackle our climate crisis and support our city’s young people. I hope you will take a look at my campaign platform and learn about my vision for Newton’s future, and that you feel free to contact me with your concerns and thoughts about what our city needs to be.


This election will be unlike any other our city has held before. While I wish we could gather in person to talk about the future we envision for our city, circumstances do allow us the opportunity to connect in new and exciting ways, and I look forward to meeting you on Zoom, over the phone or for a socially-distant coffee. I hope you will join me and my campaign, and I humbly ask for your support and your vote.