[Ed note: On Tuesday, May 14th, residents will vote to appoint two candidates out of the four running for the Board of Selectmen. To help you make that decision, I have invited each of them to submit a letter to readers. You may comment to endorse the candidate. No mudslinging allowed.]
To the Editor:
Hi. My name is Marty Healey and I’m a candidate for Selectman. I appreciate the time you’ll take to read this letter, and so I won’t take up too much of it.
My wife Nicki and I moved to Southborough in 1991. Our four children all went thru the Southborough schools and Algonquin. Southborough finds itself in a good place right now with lots of positive, even exciting things happening and planned, but challenges abound: Maintaining fiscal discipline and affordability, particularly for those on fixed incomes. Providing excellent services, top notch education, and a full range of active and passive recreational opportunities. Intelligently managing growth and maintaining the look and character that make Southborough special. Protecting neighborhoods from development that may adversely impact, among other things, public safety. Improving facilities and expanding programs for the Senior Center. Supporting later start times for students, especially at the high school.
All of these issues are connected. Whether it’s public safety; schools; recreation; open space; services for seniors, veterans, and kids; intelligent growth; or economic development, the Selectmen must weigh priorities, resources, short and long-term impacts, and more. How to get things done amid those challenges and sometimes competing priorities? And how to be sure it’s the “right” things that are getting done? Vision, experience, integrity and leadership are critical. My professional career and my Town experience reflect those qualities, which is why I’ve been elected Chair of important committees like Advisory – for 7 of my 10 years on the committee – and the Main Street Working Group. You know I’ll get things done because I’ve gotten things done.
Finally, open, transparent, responsive government has to be our top priority. Our residents expect and deserve nothing less. Maintaining trust requires it. I’ve spent most of my career as a federal prosecutor, in San Francisco and Boston, prosecuting organized crime and public corruption and I currently supervise all securities enforcement litigation in New England for the SEC. I know how important open, responsive government is. I’ll demand it from myself and all of town government.
Thanks for your time and consideration. Please take the time to vote on May 14. And I hope I’ve earned one of the votes you cast.
Updated (5/10/19 7:58 am): My apologies for misspelling the candidate’s last name in the headline