Raul A. Fernandez

Precinct Address Age Active? Term Expires Party Affiliation Twitter
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5 Winchester Street

43 No

2022

D

@raulspeaks

Recorded Votes

Appropriation for Driscoll School, Friedman Amendment capping expenditure at $98m, November 2019 Special Town Meeting

No

Appropriation for Driscoll School, Advisory Committee capping expenditure at $108.8m, November 2019 Special Town Meeting

No

Appropriation for Driscoll School, November 2019 Special Town Meeting

Yes

Authorization of the sale of the Oak Street properties near Baldwin School, November 2019 Special Town Meeting

Yes

Resolution requesting higher stipends for Select Board Members, November 2019 Special Town Meeting

Abstain

Resolution to request the maintenance of all street markings, including bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, November 2019 Special Town Meeting

Yes

Motion To Refer Discussion of a Real Estate Transfer Tax to the Land Bank Study Committee, November 2019 Special Town Meeting

No

Request for a Home Petition to Allow Brookline to Institute a Real Estate Transfer Tax for the Purpose of Funding Affordable Housing, November 2019 Special Town Meeting

Yes

Resolution To Restrict Further e-Scooter Program/Pilots without the State Legislature Setting Regulations, November 2019 Special Town Meeting

No

Referral of Short Term Rental Regulation Discussions to the Town Planning Department for Continued Work, November 2019 Special Town Meeting

Yes

By-Law prohibiting new fossil fuel infrastructure in major construction, November 2019 Special Town Meeting

Yes

Motion to Refer the Renaming of the Coolidge Corner School to the Naming Committee for further deliberation, November 2019 Special Town Meeting

No

Rename the Coolidge Corner School the "Florida Ruffin Ridley School", November 2019 Special Town Meeting
Yes
Rename the Coolidge Corner School the "Ethel Weiss School", November 2019, Special Town Meeting

No

Resolution pertaining to the Town's response to Climate Change, November 2019 Special Town Meeting

Yes

Home Rule Petition to allow 16 and 17 year-olds to vote in Town elections, November 2019 Second Special Town Meeting

Yes

To limit the hours of Marijuana Establishments in Brookline, November 2019 Third Special Town Meeting

No

To require recreational marijuana sales in Brookline to be exclusively by appointment only, November 2019 Third Special Town Meeting

No

To request that the Licensing Review Board create a study committee to understand the impacts and propose enhancements to the retail marijuana regulations, November 2019 Third Special Town Meeting

Yes

Resolution to request a new override vote to rebuild Driscoll, May 2019 Annual Town Meeting
Yes
Establish a WaldoDurgin Overlay District to Allow Mixed Use Development, May 2019 Annual Town Meeting
Yes
Establishment of a Parking Benefit District in Brookline Village , May 2019 Annual Town Meeting
Yes
Article to strengthen the enforcement of the Green Dog Program, May 2019 Annual Town Meeting
Yes
Article to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products, May 2019 Annual Town Meeting
Yes
An apology to Gerald Alston and commitment to do better, May 2019 Annual Town Meeting
Yes
A pledge to recognize the hurt caused by hate speech, and to recommit to a hate-free town, May 2019 Annual Town Meeting
No
Resolution in support of changing the Massachusetts flag and seal, May 2019 Annual Town Meeting
Yes
Resolution regarding Newbury College, Special Town Meeting April 2019
Yes
Amend the Town's Zoning By-laws to modify density requirements for marijuana establishments, November 2018 Special Town Meeting
Didn't Vote
To grant an easement to the Boston Gas Company to install a gas line for Fire Station 6, November 2018 Special Town Meeting
Didn't Vote
Action to prohibit Non-Disclosure Agreements, November 2018 Special Town Meeting
Didn't Vote
Create Zoning for Marijuana Establishments, Annual Town Meeting, May 2018

Yes

Zoning Marijuana Establishments: Prohibition of Consumption Retailers in L Districts, Annual Town Meeting, May 2018

No

Zoning Marijuana Establishments: Prohibition of Retail Storefronts in L Districts, Annual Town Meeting, May 2018

No

Limiting the Maximum Number of Marijuana Retailers, Annual Town Meeting, May 2018

No

Renaming the Devotion School, Annual Town Meeting, May 2018

Yes

Allowing an Override and Debt Exclusion Tax Exemption for Seniors, Annual Town Meeting, May 2018

Yes

Motion to Continue to Study Increasing Community Control over Police Surveillance and Militarization, Annual Town Meeting, May 2018

No

Article to Prohibit Non-Disclosure Agreements from the Town, Annual Town Meeting, May 2018

Yes

Restrict the Installation of Plastic Turf at Cypress Field, Annual Town Meeting, May 2018

No

Restrict the Installation of Plastic Turf at Cypress Field in High School Appropriation, Annual Town Meeting, May 2018

No

Restrict the Installation of Plastic Turf at Cypress Field without Further Town Meeting Action, Annual Town Meeting, May 2018

No

Biography

2019 League of Women Voters' Guide

Question 1: What are the one or two most critical issues in your precinct and/or the Town and how would you address them?
Question 2: Biographical data.

1. Brookline deserves excellent, well-funded schools, beautiful parks, first-rate municipal services, and vibrant, sustainable, economically diverse neighborhoods. And we have to find a way to pay for it. We can accomplish that through smart growth - diversifying our commercial tax base by inviting business development in already bustling areas. At the same time, we can incubate small businesses - especially those that are women and minority-owned - to get them through the first year and beyond. The revenue from this mix of larger commercial projects and thriving, well-supported small businesses, as well as additional revenues from hotels, and well-regulated marijuana dispensaries, ride-shares, and Airbnb's will help strengthen and stabilize our finances.

2. Dr. Raul Fernandez is an educator and organizer who brings people together to find common ground and dialogue for social change. A son of retired union workers and a first-generation college graduate, he's now an Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at Boston University. He is also a Lecturer in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, as well as an accomplished speaker, having led workshops for thousands of attendees around the country and internationally. As a Town Meeting Member, Raul has spoken out to ensure that all voices are represented in our decision making. He also co-created the Wide Lens film series with the Coolidge Corner Theatre, which has engaged a diverse array of panelists and hundreds of attendees in dialogue about the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, income, and immigration status. An appointee to the Commonwealth's Racial Imbalance Advisory Council, Raul has utilized his research to further the dialogue on eliminating racial imbalances in our schools statewide. He is a vocal proponent of efforts to address the climate crisis, increase affordable housing, grow small businesses, and maintain excellent, equitable schools. Raul's entire platform is available at: raulforbrookline.com

Previous Election Results

2017 Result

Won

2017 Vote Total

258

2020 Result
2020 Vote