Rick Lipof Announces Candidacy for Newton Ward 8 Alderman-at-Large Seat

Lipof previously held the Ward 8 at-large seat from 1996 to 2008.

Former Ward 8 Alderman-at-Large Rick Lipof announced this morning his plans to run once again for the Newton Board of Aldermen.

One of the Ward 8 at-large seats will be vacant in this year's municipal election, Lipof noted in a press release issued Monday, as Ward 8 Alderman-at-Large Mitch Fischman recently announced he will not be running for reelection this year.

Lipof, who held the Ward 8 at-large seat from 1996-2008, previously served as chairman of the Board of Aldermen's Public Safety & Transportation Committee, chairman of the Real Property & Reuse Committee and vice chair of the Finance Committee. 

“I took a break from the board during an especially busy period in life and I am excited and energized to come back and serve the citizens of Newton.  I love this city and community service is a calling that I take quite seriously.  I want to be a part of the maintenance and evolution of our great city’s schools, villages, financial health and infrastructure," Lipof, 47, said in a statement. 

Since leaving the Board of Aldermen five years ago, Lipof has served as the vice chair of the Newton Election Commission and chair of the Newton Farm Commission. He has also served as co-chair of Setti Warren's mayoral campaign and hosted a campaign kick-off event for Warren at his home in September.

Lipof's sister, Cheryl Lappin, is currently the Ward 8 alderman and vice president of the Board of Aldermen.

Lipof works as president of Newton-based Lipof Real Estate Services, Inc., a real estate appraisal, brokerage and consulting company. He is also a member of Temple Beth Avodah and has served on the temple's Executive Board and Board of Trustees.

A lifelong Newton resident, Lipof attended Bowen and Memorial-Spaulding, elementary schools, Meadowbrook Jr. High (now Brown Middle School) and Newton South High School. He has a degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the press release said. 

Lipof and his wife, Janice, have two daughters, Jennifer and Sydney, who attend Oak Hill Middle School.

According to the press release, School Committee Chair Claire Sokoloff, Ward 7 Alderman-at-Large Marc Laredo and Peg Hannigan are serving as Lipof’s campaign co-chairs.

What do you think about Lipof's announcement to run? Tell us what you think in the comments section below. 

Adam Maleson February 05, 2013 at 05:36 AM
"What do you think about Lipof's announcement to run? Tell us what you think in the comments section below." Well, since YOU insist, Melanie, here is what I think: I first encountered Rick Lipof in 1995, when he first "ran" for alderman. I put the word "ran" in quotations, because there was no candidate running against him. He was a Shoe-in candidate, a free-ride into the halls of power and prestige. At that time, the crucial question facing Newton was the question of converting the Oak Hill elementary school, in that section that NEEDED an elementary school, into a fourth middle school, right next to the existing Brown middle school. It was clear to anybody with a logical mind that this was a decision which would affect Newton, for better or for worse, for decades, and generations, ahead. Turning Oak Hill into a middle school was done to serve the needs of the middle school students from West Newton and Auburndale, whose junior high school, the Warren (interesting name, huh?) Jr. High School on Washington Street, had been sold to developer Robert Engler a mere 3 or 4 years earlier. Ward 8 did not need a new middle school, its middle school needs were totally served by the Brown middle school. But ward 8 did need more elementary school space. Turning Oak Hill into a permanent middle school was the WRONG thing to do for Newton's future. And definitely the wrong thing to do for ward 8. But Lipof supported this ill-conceived plan.
Adam Maleson February 05, 2013 at 05:53 AM
What sticks indelibly in my mind about Mr. Lipof is how he loudly and rudely made a SHEESHing noise as he sat, shoe-in candidate, in the front row of the only "candidates night" at the Senior Center in October 1995, while I, on the ballot for School Committee for ward 2 (the ONLY school committee seat with more than one candidate running for it), was trying to answer a question about the ill-conceived plan to turn Oak Hill into a middle school, when I criticized the fact that none of the aldermen from Ward 8 had spoken up against this plan which would offer NOTHING to the residents of Ward 8. I will never get over the idea that Mr. Lipof is an exceedingly rude, self-important, arrogant man, who comes from a wealthy clan of arrogant self-important people with a sense of entitlement to power. I urge SOMEBODY, anybody at all, from Ward 8 to run against this man, DO NOT ALLOW him another free-ride back into the aldermanic chamber as a shoe-in candidate again. This man would certainly not have appreciated ME sitting in the audience making SHEESHHH noises as he tried to speak, yet he did not hesitate to do so toward me. I was the one warning that the Oak Hill school was needed as an elementary school, so that 6th grade could be returned to elementary school, allowing 9th grade to return to junior high school, because if 9th grade were not pulled out of high school incalculable millions would be needed to expand the high schools. I was proven 100% correct.
Newton Cares May 15, 2013 at 02:58 AM
Interesting comments coming from a grown man who dresses like a child (just look at his photo). So sad.


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