Hello, my name is Sam Stivers and I’m running for Selectman.
Some of you may know me as a current Advisory Committee member or as a former member of several other Town committees, including the St. Mark’s Golf Course Master Plan Committee, the Zoning Advisory Committee and the Zoning Board of Appeals. Here’s why a vote for me is a vote for a better Southborough.
Why Am I Running For Selectman?
- I care a lot about Southborough’s future. I want to help retain and enhance the great things about Southborough that make us all want to live here.
- I can help Town government be more effective. My management skills and experience can help provide better value for our tax dollars.
- I bring a fresh, independent view to Town issues, with careful attention to the interests of the residents most affected by these issues.
Why Vote For Me?
- I have a detailed understanding of Town government activities.
- I am independent, without conflicts of interest or obligations to special interest groups.
- I am always ready to listen, and I work hard to understand all sides of an issue.
- I deal effectively with complex issues and I find solutions to balance competing interests.
- I will devote the time and effort necessary to do the job well.
What Important Town Issues Can My Skills Address?
- Oversight of annual budget and major public construction projects (Public Safety; Main Street); the Town has a $50+ million annual budget and we will spend $30+ million on new Public Safety Building and Main Street; I have experience managing expenditures of this scale and I know how to put our tax dollars to good use.
- Developing strategies for relieving fiscal pressures; my business background can help identify new sources of revenue and ways to streamline operations to reduce operating costs.
- Improving coordination between Town departments/committees/
boards/commissions; my process redesign skills can help improve coordination across the various Town government entities for activities such as permitting, customer data acquisition and retrieval and document processing.
- Creating additional housing opportunities for residents—particularly for young families and seniors; my experience with the Town’s zoning bylaws can help create incentives to improve housing options young families and seniors.
- Identifying opportunities for public/private partnerships; my business experience can help the Town identify opportunities to leverage underutilized resources (such as land and buildings) through private investments.
- Finding ways to support improved cultural, social, open space and recreational amenities; my experience with the Town’s various planning efforts over the past decade allows me to identify opportunities for better coordination between the Town’s various plans (including the Master Plan and the Open Space Plan and Recreation Plan)—to set priorities for investing resources in these areas.
I’ve lived in Southborough since 1997. Among the important reasons that I moved to Southborough were the Town’s rural character (reflected in part by the continued sense of the original “villages”), its abundance of open space, its colonial New England history and its blend of larger commercial businesses along the Route 9 corridor and the active small business community in the center of Town. I believe that this combination of characteristics is very desirable, that it is difficult to find elsewhere in the Metrowest area, and that it is worth working hard to preserve.
For the past 13 years, I have volunteered a great deal of my time for service on behalf of the Town. From my 5 years on the Advisory Committee, I gained extensive knowledge of Town financial operations in all municipal departments and the schools. I have regularly attended many Town board/committee/etc. meetings (including Selectmen, Schools, Library, Planning, Zoning, Conservation, Open Space, Economic Development, Technology), as well as meetings of many other such groups as particular issues arose (including Assessors, Community Preservation, Health, Historical, Personnel, Public Works, Recreation), and various other ad hoc committees (including Main Street, Public Safety, Town Manager, Town Meeting)—no other candidate has my breadth and depth of knowledge of the operations of this many Town entities.
My professional background includes 6 years as a teacher, 25 years as a management consultant for private and public sector organizations (focusing on business strategy development and the related implementation activities of process redesign and organizational restructuring). For the past 15 years I’ve been a health care company manager. I have a BA degree from Wesleyan University and a MSIA degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
My professional experience as a business manager and business consultant and my detailed knowledge of Southborough’s government activities uniquely qualify me to be an effective Selectman from day 1. I have the right skills and experience to do this job well, for the benefit of all residents of Southborough.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions about my candidacy:
Contact Sam: (508) 303-3396; email@example.com
For more information: www.facebook.com/samstiversbos
I ask for your vote on May 9th! Thank you.
Updated (5/4/17 2:14 pm): A website originally included is being worked on this afternoon. And, though this posted at just before 11am it was showing up under other posts as put up at 3am. (Actually, it was supposed to post at 3 pm!)
Updated (5/5/17 4:39 pm): The candidate’s website www.samforselectman.com is now running.