I, Dr. Ludmilla Mecaj, am a Candidate for Newton Town Council running as a team with Margaret Baldini.
I first settled in Newton in 1995, became a naturalized citizen 20 years ago...  With an MD, ENT and Cancer Researcher degree, obtained in Europe, I now teach Anatomy and Physiology at a NJ university.  I am now deeply embedded in Newton, where I own several properties.  I am a proud parent, a responsible landlady, a guiding/advisor professor and a community servant: for 4 years I was Vice Chair of the Newton Recreation Committee and Chair of the Little Miss and Mr Newton contest, where I was able to make all participants feel like winners.  I participated in college-level government as an Adjunct Faculty Representative in the College Senate and served on the College Planning and Utilization Committee. 

Why should I be on the Council? 

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Pragmatic  I accomplish what I set out to do. Two years ago, my successful drive to consolidate the municipal and general elections resulted in increasing voter participation (thus giving a more realistic voting result) and in saving taxpayers $20,000 every two years.

Economical  I will control expenses through a thorough analysis of the pros and cons of all proposals.

Creative  Practical strategies to invigorate Newton, bringing Spring Street to life with innovative tax and leasing arrangements.