[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:
My name is Sam Stivers. I’m running for Selectman. I appreciate this opportunity to describe why a vote for me is a vote for a better Southborough.
You may know me as a current member of the Public Works Planning Board and the Master Plan Committee. I’ve also been a member of a number of other Town committees, including the Advisory Committee, the Fire Chief Screening Committee, the St. Mark’s Golf Course Master Plan Committee, the Zoning Advisory Committee and the Zoning Board of Appeals.
I’ve lived in Southborough for over 20 years. I’ve spent most of this time working as a Town government volunteer. To stay informed about Town government, I attend at least 2 or 3 Town committee meetings every week. This gives me a detailed understanding of Town government—and this means that I will be a fully effective Selectman from day 1.
For more information about my background in Town government and about my “real jobs” during my career as a teacher, as a business strategy consultant and as a manager in health care companies, I’d ask you to visit my website at www.samforselectman.com.
Why Am I Running For Selectman?
- I care a lot about Southborough’s future.
- Town government will face a number of challenges over the coming years. My business experience, my management skills, and my detailed understanding of Town government can deal effectively with these challenges.
What issues will I focus on as a Selectman?
- Financial Oversight. I believe in vigilant oversight of Southborough’s $50+MM annual budget, especially with the Public Safety Building and the Main Street Reconstruction project financial pressures.
I’ve managed large projects like the Public Safety Building and the Main Street Reconstruction. With this background and my Advisory Committee experience, I know how to get the most value from our tax dollars and how to limit tax rate increases.
- Longer-Term Planning. I recognize the value of longer-term planning for the Town’s future infrastructure and services needs.
Our Master Plan shows that residents support: (i) improved recreation facilities; (ii) a Senior Center/Community Center; (iii) an enhanced network of trails and sidewalks, including connections between parts of our Town with pedestrian bridges across Rt 9 and pedestrian access across our causeways; and (iv) a library that doesn’t flood. It’s time to plan prudently for these and other projects and to pursue additional funding sources such as PILOT payments.
- Municipal/Schools Collaboration. I understand the impact of the school budget on our tax rate and our opportunities for collaboration.
I’ll encourage active collaboration between Town boards and our schools, as we continue to support our excellent schools and as we work together to address such issues as expanded pre-k programs, later school start times, and shared services. Our children deserve this.
- Housing Opportunities. I will seek more housing options for residents—particularly for our young families and our seniors.
With my Zoning Board experience, I have a detailed understanding of our zoning bylaws. I can identify ways to provide incentives for creating more housing options.
Our best chance to balance competing interests and views on these and other issues is to have an effective Town government. I can help make this happen.
Why Vote For Sam?
My website (www.samforselectman.com) lists over 50 of our fellow residents who have either served on a Town committee with me or have watched me work as a Town committee member over the years. These are knowledgeable, capable people who care as I do about Southborough and its future. They know what it takes to be an effective volunteer. They are saying “Sam is my choice for Selectman”. I’m proud of these endorsements. They are based on my record of working collaboratively to deliver important results.
How will I work as a Selectman?
- I will show up for work—I will devote the time necessary to do the job well
- I will do the homework necessary to make informed decisions
- I will remain independent, impartial, and free of conflicts of interest
- I will look beyond “business as usual” to find opportunities and solutions to problems
- I will pay close attention to longer-term planning
- I will welcome and listen to citizen input on Town issues
- I will carefully consider the advice of my appointed boards and committees
- I will communicate with residents about important Town issues
I will work to ensure that Southborough continues to be a thriving, beautiful Town, where we have confidence that our Town government listens to us and supports the things that are important to us. I ask for your vote on Tuesday, May 14th.
For more information, please feel free to contact me by phone at (508) 303-3396 or by email at email@example.com, or look at my website or Facebook page at: www.samforselectman.com; www.facebook.com/samstiversbos
Candidate for Selectman
Updated (5/15/19 2:21 pm): Following his win, Stivers asked me to add the following statement:
I’m very grateful for the confidence that the voters have shown in me—thank you! I’ll work hard to continue to earn this confidence. I look forward to being part of a Board of Selectmen working to meet our Town’s challenges and realize our opportunities in the coming years.
I’m also very grateful for the hard work that so many of my supporters have done to produce this result. I know that their significant efforts to reach out to their friends and neighbors to communicate my message played a major role in this election outcome. My sincere thanks go to everyone in this group!
I want to congratulate Marty Healey for his win. I’m delighted to serve with Marty as the other “newcomer” to the Board of Selectmen. I also want to congratulate Joe Hubley and Steve David for running a strong and positive campaign. I hope that both will stay involved with Town government.
Now, on to the real work!