I, formally, announce my candidacy for Selectman. I was born and raised in Acushnet and am a lifelong resident and continue to raise my children here. I have over 32 years of experience serving this great community. The last seven years, I have served as the maintenance mechanic of the Acushnet Housing Authority and served as an elected and appointed official for six terms on the Board of Assessors, the Conservation Commission, Growth Management and six years as your Selectman.
I demonstrated sound conservative values and continue to share my love for this community. I pride myself in volunteerism and am a 24+ year member of the Acushnet Lions Club, an organization that has supported our great town and continues to help many families in need.
As stated in the past, I am not opposed to moving forward. On the contrary, I have learned an important lesson through the years that today we must spend wisely, only on our needs not on our wants. As exhibited with the town’s recent technology upgrades, emergency radio upgrades, updated accounting systems, updated school safety & security, purchase of two new ambulances and the affordable purchase of a refurbished fire ladder truck.
The Board of Selectmen are a diverse group of individuals that may not always agree, which is a reflection that our democracy is alive and well.
Given the opportunity to continue my service, as your Selectman, I will:
• Continue to work to meet the needs our great community and assist our veterans with additional housing within the former Russell Memorial Library;
• Continue the Parting Ways Building renovation at minimal cost to our taxpayers;
• Implement the Comprehension Waste Water (Sewer) Management Plan (CWMP) to provide sewerage to identified areas.
• Continue to support local farmers (and markets) and the agricultural roots of Acushnet.
• Continue to work for all residents of our town, leaving no one behind.
In closing, I enjoy being your Selectman and am always approachable to listen and help all when possible. I respect the honor and trust the voters bestowed upon me by electing me in the past. I have always acted in the best interest of the town believing the Selectmen are not only the town’s leaders but the caretakers of the town and its people. We are elected to protect the rights of the people and lead a government you can trust while ensuring the availability of necessary services for a good quality of life for all. I have worked tirelessly to ensure the town meets the needs of all of our citizens and I will continue working to ensure the town’s best years are ahead.
I respectful ask for your vote, Monday April 1st. Thank you.
I’m proud of Acushnet, I grew up here and want to give back by serving the town and my fellow residents.
I’m a professional photographer, who has deep roots in Acushnet. I went to St. Francis Grammar School, played Little League baseball at Pope Park and, like other Acushnet students of my time, attended Saint Anthony High School in New Bedford.
My reason for running for Selectman is two-fold.
First, I’ve entered this election because I’m concerned about the fiscal challenges our town is facing. Waste Management, Funding Pensions & Other Post-Employment Benefits, and a need for new business ventures are issues that will require tough decisions. I believe the town has not gone far enough in its approach to these difficult situations. We need to be proactive, not reactive, to keep taxes stable.
Second, I want to give the voters of Acushnet a choice. The major responsibility of any democracy is participation. Last year’s town election featured ZERO contested races. I challenge the voters of Acushnet to let their voice be heard. Our town democracy needs new ideas and direction to keep moving forward and remain strong.
As we enter the New Year, I am thinking ahead to Acushnet’s future.
What course are we taking for the town and our residents as we progress through the twenty first century?
As I campaign throughout our three precincts, I look forward to hearing from you about your thoughts and concerns; and I ask for your vote, Monday, April 1st.
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