Photo: Adam Dash, Candidate for Board of Selectmen
To my Belmont Friends and Neighbors,
I am writing to ask for your vote.
It has been very humbling to run for Selectman. I have walked throughout Belmont, knocking on doors and speaking with residents. You have told me about your children and grandchildren. You have shared your frustrations. And you have sent me on my way with a richer understanding of our community.
If elected, I will work every day to live up to your expectations.
I will always be honest with you. I will tell you what I know and what I don’t know, even if it is not popular. I will ask for input and advice, and I will take it to heart. I will respect the opinions, decisions, and work of Town Meeting, and our boards, committees, and departments. Everything I do will be transparent, and you will always have my ear.
I am running for Selectman because I want to make a difference for our community.
For the last ten years, I have learned about the issues currently facing the town and schools, and I have worked hard to make a significant contribution.
- I have analyzed the budget, line by line, for eight years on the Warrant Committee, currently as vice-chair.
- I have studied and applied our zoning by-laws on the Zoning Board of Appeals.
- I helped build the highly successful Underwood Pool as the vice-chair of the Building Committee.
- I helped bring additional state funds to Belmont as chair of the Community Preservation Act Study Committee.
- I helped provide additional, necessary funding for schools, roads, and sidewalks as the spokesperson for the YES for Belmont override committee.
- I provided free legal work to various non-profits in town.
- I am raising two children in Belmont, and I have experienced our excellent schools at all levels.
My experience is important.
I have built a deep understanding of the town, our challenges and opportunities, and the way things work. We have many issues that must be addressed now, and I can hit the ground running without a learning curve.
The role of the Warrant Committee is advisory – members dig into every financial issue and make recommendations to Town Meeting. I, like others, have had many ideas over the years that would save money, improve town services, or otherwise benefit Belmont, but we have no authority to implement them. The Board of Selectmen sets the agenda and oversees the town departments. Without the Selectmen, nothing happens.
I want to do more.
The challenges we face – in our schools, neighborhoods, businesses, buildings, and the environment – affect the quality of life of every Belmont resident.
- We must solve our school enrollment and space crisis.
- We must creatively address our critical building projects, with Belmont High School at the top of the list thanks to a one-time opportunity for 30 percent funding from the state.
- We must methodically rebuild our roads and sidewalks.
- We must create vibrant business districts and expand our commercial tax base.
- We must protect the character of our neighborhoods.
- We must move to leverage federal funds to build the Community Path.
- We must follow through on the town’s commitment to climate action, as instructed by Belmont voters.
Clearly, there is a lot to do.
As a Selectman, I will use what I’ve learned in my ten years of service to Belmont to lay the groundwork for the next decade and beyond.
- I will be guided by the shared values that make Belmont great – family, education, community and inclusivity.
- I will make sure that every Belmont resident has a voice in our town government.
- I will keep the focus on action. We have many challenges — and opportunities — but we need to get things done.
To move forward, we must communicate better, listen more, and streamline decision making. We can work collaboratively with all stakeholders to find common ground and create win-win solutions. Belmont residents want a voice – on big issues and small – and as Selectman, I would make it a priority.
But I need your partnership.
Thank you to everyone I’ve met during the campaign over the last few months. Your ideas and your concerns have both inspired me and shaped my thinking.
I ask for your vote on Tuesday, April 4, and I look forward to earning your trust.