Progress and Results
I am proud to announce I am running for re-election to the Sudbury Select Board, and ask for your vote for the election of Monday, March 27, 2023.
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve since Sept. 2020 (a start delayed by four months due to COVID) as a member, then Vice-Chair, and currently as Chair of the Sudbury Select Board. I look forward to continuing the great progress that’s been made in town the past couple years.
Notable projects and priorities that have advanced since I joined the Select Board:
- A new Town Manager was hired following a transparent, efficient process that included extensive public input. As Chair, I led the search process and now serve as the primary point of contact for both the Interim and the Incoming Town Manager, which gives me a unique role in providing continuity and guidance to support the Town Manager transition and enable his success.
- Bruce Freeman Rail Trail advanced from 25% design stage when I joined the board to 75%, then 100% and now to a groundbreaking planned for early this spring.
- Fire Station 2 approved and construction underway, funded without needing a tax override to provide improved emergency response times for residents.
- Fairbank Community Center renovation/replacement, discussed since 2012, approved and construction underway to support seniors, schools, and residents.
- ARPA funds allocated in a transparent manner that incorporated extensive public input in ways to alleviate the short- and long-term impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on residents.
- Camp Sewataro 5-year license renewal approved by the Select Board. This topic, which spurred intense debate among the board members, eventually won a 4-1 vote based on a contract for which I led the negotiations. The new contract provides for increased revenue to the Town, private investment by the camp operator into the property, and enhanced public access.
- Numerous Capital Projects are moving forward in a high-inflation environment without asking residents for a tax override increase, as we see in many other communities.
Other notable actions taken that reflect the community values:
- The creation of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Commission was one of my first votes, and while I was Chair we made it permanent
- PRIDE month was celebrated for the first time while I was Chair
- The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism was adopted by the Select Board while I was Chair
- A first-ever Sustainability Coordinator position was created
Prior to serving on the Select Board I served six years on the Conservation Commission and served one year on the first iteration of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Advisory Committee, which helped advise on and advance the BFRT to 25% design.
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Why I’m Running Again
I’m running for re-election because this work is challenging, interesting, and rewarding. It is rewarding to see the work the Select Board does and the decisions we make have a positive effect on the community. Sudbury is a wonderful place to live, work, and play. All my decisions are guided by the desire to work today to hand off an even better community to future residents.
Why I Love Sudbury
My wife and I chose Sudbury ten years ago as the place to sink our roots and raise our family for its open spaces, historic character, and excellent schools. I enjoy its robust spirit of civic debate and engagement (my wife, less so). I want to preserve and expand the work of those who have served before, while working to improve the delivery of services, condition of facilities, and quality of life across Sudbury and planning for the future of this great community. I am inspired every day by the incredible residents of Sudbury – the committee members, the community volunteers, the great organizations, local businesses; everyone contributing somehow – and I want to do my part to support and encourage all these efforts.
Why You Should Consider Voting for Me
I’m proud of the progress that’s been made since I’ve joined the Select Board. Long-stalled projects, such as the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, the Fairbank Community Center, and an expansion of Fire Station 2, are moving forward. New projects, such as the Town Manager search process and ARPA funding decisions have moved forward in a transparent and efficient process. I hope to build off the lessons I’ve learned in my first term on the Select Board to continue serving the Town. The Select Board has been operating together as a strong team, and while much has been accomplished, much work remains. I’m excited to continue contributing.