The experience to make Melrose work for everyone.
Manisha Bewtra is a city planner and an advocate for social equity who managed the creation of the Melrose Forward community vision and comprehensive plan. As Mayor, Manisha will be a strong voice for inclusive, accountable government. She understands the complexity of our city, and understands how big and small changes can impact our daily lives. She’ll work with us to make sure Melrose works for all of us.
Melrose City Councilor-At-Large, former Melrose Human Rights Commissioner, and professional city planner Manisha Bewtra is running for mayor of Melrose in the 2019 municipal election. Her vision for Melrose is for a city with stronger ties between neighbors, where long-time residents and newcomers come together in support of a thriving, connected community. As Mayor, Manisha will continue working towards making Melrose more inclusive and accessible, where more residents have a voice at City Hall. She will focus on ensuring that Melrose is a city that shows compassion and care for all its residents, invests in its city and school employees, and nurtures its local businesses. She will use a data-informed, systems-oriented approach to improving constituent services for 2020 and beyond. Under her leadership, local policies and practices will be updated using a framework that considers their economic, environmental, health, and social equity implications. She will leverage community and regional partnerships to lead action on Melrose's complex challenges, and will embrace public participation in local decision-making. Manisha will use her unique skills and credentials to champion an equitable and accountable City Hall to make Melrose work for everyone.
Manisha moved to Melrose in 2013 with her husband Ravi and son Viraj. They were attracted to Melrose's convenient location: Manisha could commute to work in Boston on the 131 bus and the Orange Line, and Ravi had a short drive to work in Woburn. Melrose was at the top of their list, though it was a tough housing market. They loved the mix of dining, shopping, and services in Downtown. The Victorian-era homes reminded Manisha a bit of her hometown Ames, Iowa which was established around the same time as Melrose, during the advent of rail in the mid-19th century. They were fortunate to purchase a home near Melrose Common and were thrilled to have a park, Downtown, and elementary schools all within walking distance.