Selectmen Chair Williams Not Seeking Re-election (Caveats Included)

Photo: Jim Williams The question to Belmont Selectman Jim Williams was straight forward as was his answer. Are you running for re-election? “No, I am not,” said the chair of the selectman. But, as Williams would tell the Belmontoian as he was walking home from attending the welcoming session for teachers and education staff at […]

Williams: Belmont’s Unfunded Benefits Policy ‘No Longer Valid’, Town Must Restructure Debt Now

Photo: Selectman Jim Williams. To the Belmontonian: Some supporters have related that the “Belmont Street” is critical of the ideas I have put forth around the town’s management of its unfunded benefits obligations because it’s unlikely that I’ll be living in Belmont in 2026. While I have no idea as to whether we’ll be living in […]

Williams ‘Wins’ Concessions, Withdrawing Petitions at Town Meeting

Photo: Jim Williams (left) He’s been an elected officials for just about two months, but in that time, Selectman Jim Williams has sent Belmont’s thinking on town finances all topsy-turvy. With his surprise election in April – the four-year resident defeated incumbent Andy Rojas by nearly 500 votes – Williams has used his time before […]

Letter to the Editor: Williams Will Not Kick the Can on Town’s Obligations

Photo: A family of Jim William campaigners, To the editor:  Belmont has a clear choice this year for the Board of Selectmen.  The best choice is Jim Williams. Belmont made a commitment this year both to town employees and to school employees (both teachers and non-teachers). It’s a promise the town has little chance of keeping.  The […]

One-Woman Show: Financial Report Shows Allison Self-Financing ‘No’ Effort

Photo: Elizabeth Allison. Move over, Koch brothers and Tom Steyer; you may think you have a big influence on politics, but you guys have nothing on Elizabeth Allison. According to a campaign finance report filed March 30 with the Belmont Town Clerk, the Chair of the “Vote No on Ballot Question 1” committee has all […]

Selectman Candidates’ Question of the Week: A Vision for Future Development in Belmont

Photo: Andy Rojas. Every Wednesday leading up the Town Election on Tuesday, April 7, the Belmontonian will be asking a “Question of the Week” to the candidates running for a seat on the Board of Selectmen: incumbent Andy Rojas and Glenn Road resident Jim Williams. This weekly feature will allow the candidates seeking a three-year term […]

Selectman Candidates’ Question of the Week: Where Do You Stand on the ‘McMansion’ Moratorium?

Every Wednesday leading up the Town Election on Tuesday, April 7, the Belmontonian will be asking a “Question of the Week” to the candidates running for a seat on the Board of Selectmen: incumbent Andy Rojas and Glenn Road resident Jim Williams. This weekly feature will allow the candidates seeking a three-year term on the board […]

Selectman Candidates’ Question of the Week: ‘What’s Your First Act if the Override is Approved, Rejected?’

Photo: Jim Williams Every Wednesday leading up the Town Election on Tuesday, April 7, the Belmontonian will be asking a “Question of the Week” to the candidates running for a seat on the Board of Selectmen: incumbent Andy Rojas and Glenn Road resident Jim Williams. This weekly feature will allow the candidates seeking a three-year term […]

Selectman Candidates’ Question of the Week: ‘Why Are You Running?’

Photo: Andy Rojas. Beginning today and on every Wednesday leading up the Town Election on Tuesday, April 7, the Belmontonian will be asking a “Question of the Week” to the candidates running for a seat on the Board of Selectmen: incumbent Andy Rojas and Glenn Road resident Jim Williams. This weekly feature will allow the candidates […]