I would like to introduce myself to many in Newton whom I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting. I am Braden Houston and I have been living in Newton for over 15 years. Along with my wife Jennifer and our two daughters Beckett (10) and Blake (5), we have made Newton our home. We moved here because Newton is a great place to raise a young family—the schools are fantastic, the city is safe and the neighborhoods are close knit. We absolutely love it and all of its charm.
A little bit more about me personally, I attended Bucknell University, received a Masters in History from Colgate University and an MBA in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Professionally, I develop renewable energy projects, both wind and solar, throughout the country and around the world. The nature of my business requires me to assemble and manage teams of people across various professions from engineers to lawyers to financiers to technical staff in order to realize a successful project. Given the cost and scale of these projects I have experience managing big budgets and working with many types of people who offer different perspectives. I believe that my experience in the private sector, especially in renewable energy, would be an asset to the City Council and a fresh perspective.
My wife and I are very involved in the community. Jennifer is the head of the PTA at our elementary school. I coach Newton Girls Lacrosse and have served on the board of the organization for the past four years. I also lead learn-to-skate with Newton Youth Hockey. I grew up playing sports and I enjoy playing hockey whenever I get the chance.
I am running for City Councilor (Ward 2 At-Large) because I felt compelled to get involved—on my doorstep candidates would say one thing and vote differently when in office. Discussions with friends and neighbors revealed that many people shared similar concerns about some of the big issues and questions facing our city like the Charter, our pension liabilities, environmental sustainability, the affordability of living in Newton and helping residents struggling to live in our city like our seniors.