[Ed note: On May 8th, residents will vote to appoint candidates to five contested seats on three important boards. To help you make that decision, I have invited each of them to submit a letter to readers.]
To the Editor:
My name is Sam Stivers, and I’m running for Selectman.
Some of you may know me as a current Advisory Committee member or perhaps as a former member of several other Town committees, including the St. Mark’s Golf Course Master Plan Committee, the Zoning Advisory Committee or the Zoning Board of Appeals. I appreciate this opportunity to describe 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 retain and enhance the great things about Southborough that make us all want to live here.
- My business experience and management skills will help in several ways:
- I know how to produce better value from our tax dollars;
- I know the importance of leadership and a proactive approach to dealing with Town issues—I know how to make this happen; and
- I know how to solve problems, and I’m willing to do the work necessary to succeed.
Why Vote For Me?
- I have a detailed understanding of Town government activities, so I’m ready to be an effective Selectman from day one.
- I bring a fresh, independent view to Town issues.
- I welcome citizen input and I listen to all sides of an issue.
- I have no conflicts of interest.
- I know how to reach consensus and find solutions that address the needs of all parties.
- I will do my homework, and I’ll devote the time and effort required to be an effective Selectman.
What Important Town Issues Will My Skills Address?
- I will provide oversight of our annual budget expenses and major public construction projects (Public Safety; Main Street); We have a $50+ million annual budget and we are projecting a $30+ million cost for the new Public Safety/Golf Course project and the Main Street Reconstruction project; I know how to get the most value from our tax dollars for projects such as these.
- I will find ways for the Town to expand revenue sources and to get more value for our expenditures; I have done this for many organizations.
- I will improve coordination between Town Boards, Departments, Committees and Commissions; These groups are the key to a successful Town government; I am very familiar with the missions and activities of these Town organizations.
- I will create more housing opportunities for residents—with a focus on young families and seniors; I will use my detailed knowledge of Town zoning bylaws and funding sources to expand housing options for residents.
- I will find opportunities for public/private partnerships; I will identify opportunities to use underutilized Town resources, including both land and buildings, in connection with private investment that can benefit the Town.
- I will improve the Town’s cultural life, open space and recreational opportunities; I’ve spent over ten years following and participating in the Town’s planning efforts, including the Master Plan and the Open Space and Recreation Plan; I will work to increase the Town’s investment in these areas.
I’ve lived in Southborough for over twenty years. My family moved here because we valued the rural character of the Town, the abundance of open space, the New England history, and the blend of larger businesses along Route 9 and the small businesses in the center of Town. A town with similar advantages is hard to find elsewhere in the Metrowest area, and it’s worth preserving.
For the past 14 years I’ve spent many hours volunteering for the Town. Serving on the Advisory Committee for the past 6 years, I’ve gained a deep knowledge of the Town’s finances and fiscal operations in all municipal departments and the schools. I attend many committee meetings across Town government, including: Selectmen, Schools, Advisory, Library, Planning, Zoning, Conservation, Open Space, Personnel, Economic Development, Technology and a variety of others. As an Advisory Committee member I regularly attend over 100 of these committee meetings each year so I can stay informed about Town government activities. This extensive knowledge of Town government is an important qualification for a Selectman.
I started my career working for 6 years as a teacher. I then worked for 25 years as a management consultant, where I specialized in helping public and private sector organizations develop successful business strategies and restructure their organizations as needed to implement these strategies. For the past 15 years I’ve been a health care company manager.
My academic background includes a BA degree from Wesleyan University and a MSIA degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
A vote for me is a vote for a positive future for our Town. I will welcome your input. I will listen to you. I will communicate with you. I will commit myself to maintaining and improving the Town we call home.
Please feel free to contact me at (508) 303-3396 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information: www.samforselectman.com; www.facebook.com/samstiversbos
I ask for your vote on May 8th!
Candidate for Board of Selectmen