Laura Kathryn Baines-Walsh

Precinct Address Age Active? Term Expires Party Affiliation Twitter
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59 Woodcliff Road

39 Yes

2022

D

@Dr_BainesWalsh

Recorded Votes

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

Yes

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

Yes

Appropriation for Driscoll School, November 2019 Special Town Meeting

Abstain

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

No

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

No

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

Yes

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

No

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

Yes

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

Yes

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
No
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
No
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
Didn't Vote
A pledge to recognize the hurt caused by hate speech, and to recommit to a hate-free town, May 2019 Annual Town Meeting
Didn't Vote
Resolution in support of changing the Massachusetts flag and seal, May 2019 Annual Town Meeting
Didn't Vote

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 needs to maintain its excellent school system in the face of an ever-expanding student population, which has increased 40% since 2006. I am actively supporting the Yes campaign for Question One to provide funding to renovate Driscoll and build Baldwin. It is crucial that our students and teachers have the space and tools they need to succeed. Another challenge is creating responsible development, which will provide affordable housing. We must ensure that those who serve our community have the option to live in our community and that current Brookline residents are not priced out.

2. I am a US government and history teacher. I have a B.A. from Emory University and a PhD in history from Boston College. I have a daughter who is a first-grader at Baker and a four-year old son. My husband and I moved to Brookline in 2014 to raise our family. Brookline Pax endorsed.

Previous Election Results

2020 Result
2020 Vote