|Mayor of Newton|
January 1, 2010
|Preceded by||David Cohen|
May 15, 1970 |
Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Alma mater||Boston College
Setti David Warren (born May 15, 1970) is the current Mayor of Newton, Massachusetts and a former Democratic candidate for United States Senate. He is the first popularly elected African-American Mayor in Massachusetts.
Early life and education
Warren, along with his twin sister Makeda, were born in 1970 to their parents Joseph and Elpidia (née Lopez) Warren. His father, Joseph D. Warren, was an advisor for Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis's 1988 presidential campaign, and worked in the African-American studies department at Northeastern University before his death in 2010. His mother, Elpidia Lopez, is a retired social worker. He also has a stepmother, Martha L. (Walker) Warren. His younger sister Kara, who had struggled with severe asthma throughout her life, died in November 2005 at the age of 27.
Warren attended Newton North High School, where he was the class president for all four years, and while he attended Boston College, he was also elected student body president. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in history in 1993. He received a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School's night classes in 2006, although he has not taken the bar exam to practice law.
After graduating from college, Warren worked for two years with his family's consulting business. In 1995 he joined the New England branch of U.S. President Bill Clinton's re-election campaign. From 1996 to 2000 he worked in several White House Offices under Clinton: the Advance Office, Cabinet Affairs Office, and the Social Office. He served as New England regional director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from 2000 to 2001, where he implemented a performance management system for the office. He then worked for two years in fundraising at Boston College.
Warren enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve in 2003. Around the same time, he joined the presidential campaign of U.S. Senator John Kerry, where he was his trip director. After the election, Warren became deputy director of Kerry's Massachusetts office. Around this time, he served partial terms on the Newton Community Preservation Committee and Economic Development Commission. He resigned each mid-term as his career with Kerry developed.
In October 2007, Warren left Kerry's office to serve as Naval intelligence officer in Iraq. Before leaving, he assembled a committee to explore a candidacy for mayor of Newton. While he was on training in South Carolina in late 2007, his committee filed papers for his election.
Mayor of Newton
Newton Mayor David Cohen announced that he would not be seeking re-election in May 2008, leaving an open field which had not occurred in Newton since 1971. Warren, on leave from Iraq in June 2008, declared his intent to run. His campaign was forestalled until he completed his tour of duty the following October, as Department of Defense regulations forbid active duty service men from seeking elected office. In November 2008 Warren formally announced his candidacy, pledging to "protect the sacred trust between the citizens in this city and public servants."
During the campaign Warren emphasized his record with FEMA, including the management of civil servants. Warren was elected November 3, 2009 in a vote of 11,233 to 10,772, defeating State Representative Ruth Balser. Warren took office on January 1, 2010.
Warren faced re-election on November 5th, 2013. The field of four candidates was narrowed down to two in a primary election on September 17th, 2013. In the general election, Warren defeated Newton Alderman Ted Hess-Mahan.
U.S. Senate campaign, 2012
On May 9, 2011 Setti Warren announced his candidacy to represent Massachusetts in the United States Senate in the 2012 election. On September 29th, 2011 Warren dropped out of the race, declaring "I no longer believe I have a clear path to victory in this race". He endorsed eventual Democratic nominee, Elizabeth Warren (to whom he is not related).
Warren's first marriage ended in divorce. Warren later married Elizabeth Tasker "Tassy" Plummer on August 12, 2006, with Kerry serving as his groomsman. A Newton native, Tassy worked on the Kerry presidential campaign, where she met Warren. As of 2011[update], Tassy is a project director at the Harvard University Center on the Developing Child. Together they have one daughter named Abigail and a son.
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