And opposition to his tax increase proposal has been muted, said Greg Reibman, president of the Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce.
“He’s really done a great job of building a coalition,” said Reibman.
Suzanne Szescila — a cochairwoman of Moving Newton Forward, which opposes the override — said her group met with Warren and administration officials to discuss its members’ concerns.
“He has a gift for making people feel good about their participation,” Szescila said.
But the city’s financial belt-tightening under Warren has been modest, and more needs to be done before raising taxes through an override, she said.
While many elected officials in Newton agree that the override is a barometer of Warren’s leadership, they do not think he would be penalized if voters reject the override. Nobody has even mentioned running against Warren in the fall.
Warren expresses confidence that the tax increases will pass, but he is coy about what the vote would mean to his political future.
“It’s certainly for others to decide,” Warren said, “when I’m up for reelection.”