[Editor’s note: The May election has been postponed, but Southborough voters can already apply for early ballots. This spring residents will choose from three candidates running for two seats on the Board of Selectmen. To help you make that decision, I have invited each of them to submit letters* to readers.
You may comment to endorse the candidate. No mudslinging allowed. ]
Thank you for providing a wonderful forum for our citizens to share their viewpoints and for me, as a candidate for re-election, the opportunity to further introduce myself and share my vision and thoughts.
First let me thank, the Citizens, for the amazing opportunity to serve you and be your voice for the last 3 years. We are blessed to live in such an amazing Town with incredible spirit and sense of Community. Through this difficult time we are now experiencing from Covid-19 and the fear and isolation it brings, I have witnessed truly inspirational acts…Citizens coming together to support each other through making masks, meals, decorating rocks, Birthday drive-bys from the Police and Fire, and just being there for each other.
Your Board of Selectman had been meeting weekly initially, to ensure the Town continues to get the people’s business done effectively, that transparency and the opportunity for public participation is not eroded during virtual meetings, that budgets responsibly address the challenges being faced by you, the taxpayer, and most importantly working to ensure our Boards/Committees/Commissions to be able to meet and continue their good work.
I have spent my personal time reflecting on my family, the losses that my son Robert, a Senior at Algonquin, is enduring and helping those in our Town in any way that I could. I have worked closely with the Senior Center to ensure our most vulnerable residents’ needs are being met. I advanced efforts to keep the public updated on Town issues, updates and decisions. I have shared your concerns from every phone call, note or even comments via social media and have been determined to get answers and the information you need.
I have proudly served this town for over 15 years. Currently on the Board of Selectman, one year as chair, Southborough Housing Opportunity Partnership Committee (SHOPC), Affordable Housing Trust Fund Committee (AHTFC), Capital Planning Committee, and the Master Plan Committee. I have been an active member of the Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT)/Medical Reserve Corp (MRC) for 8 years. Prior to being elected to the Board of Selectman, I served on the Open Space Preservation Commission for 12 years and St. Marks Golf Course Master Plan Committee. Founder of Care Packages for Troops in 2005, though on hiatus could be activated at a moment’s notice for our Community to support our Service Members.
I was instrumental in restarting Office Hours to make the Selectman more accessible and responsive to the needs of our Citizens. I also worked to institute a volunteer appreciation program, that recognizes all those that step forward to serve to make our Town a better place.
It is imperative in the next 3 years that we continue to work hard to address the budget constraints and be fiscally responsible to the Taxpayers. We must work together to find new avenues of revenue and work to cut our expenditures; we need to work to institute tough new standards as our financial outlook approaches a critical nature.
I will work to continue to establish better lines of communication between Town residents and the Board of Selectman. I will continue to work on improving inter-committee and board communications. Important decisions need to be made with input and knowledge of ALL relevant town entities.
As we prepare for the long road ahead and the eventual re-opening of our Town and State, please continue to support your local restaurants and businesses, our support will be vital for their being able to reopen and continue to support our Community.
My family has lived and worked in Southborough for over 19 years. Our son Robert’s education was all within the Southborough School system. He will be entering Fitchburg State in the fall for a 5-year Criminal Justice Police Program.
Lastly, we may not always agree, but I can guarantee you that you were heard, and your viewpoints were given full consideration.
I ask for your vote once again, via early voting or at the polls whenever that may be. If would like to speak to me via phone or email I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 774-248-1381.
Following is a link to the application and directions for early voting.
Thank you for your consideration and stay safe,
Candidate for re-election, Board of Selectman
*[Editor’s Note: Normally, candidates are capped at one letter before the election. This year, I’m allowing them to submit one now for early voters and a second letter closer to the yet-to-be-rescheduled election date.]