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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vote Yes for 5 Selectmen

Residents Art and Mara Huston say they are supporting the change in the March 25 Annual Town Election.

Over the past many years, Sudbury has considered expanding the Board of Selectmen (BOS). In the past, town government seemed to be working well so it was voted down. Times are different now. Sudbury is facing many important challenges that need to be addressed in a strategic, transparent, intelligent way.

We are facing a structural deficit, a commercial district that needs to grow, a rail trail that residents want but isn't being built, and an increasing property tax rate that needs to be controlled. An expanded BOS will provide more leadership with transparency, accountability and representation to attack these issues and more. 

Some residents believe this change won't help solve the problems. We disagree. So far 135 towns have made this change - and none have undone their change. Communities like ours, Concord, Lexington, Needham and Acton, have made this change.

Visit www.openupsudbury.org for more reasoning behind this change.

The Special Town Meeting in September was at overflow capacity and voted overwhelmingly in support of expanding the BOS. To make this change into law, please vote YES to expand the BOS on March 25th. 

Respectively submitted,

Art and Mara Huston

578 Peakham Road

Rick Billig February 06, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Siobhan, I have nothing but total respect for Mike and had no idea what he and your family was subjected to when he ran. I only have gotten a feel for that recently, I don't think anyone could ever question the commitment your family has made to this community. You both have good family values and always do what you feel is the right thing and I respect that.
siobhan hullinger February 06, 2013 at 11:15 PM
Thanks for that, Rick. I was going to add to my comment and ended up deleting it in error.
Pat Brown February 07, 2013 at 12:15 AM
It would be premature to schedule the special election unless and until the Town approves the move to a five member board on March 25. A candidate cannot run for an office that doesn't exist. The Board of Selectmen is scheduled to meet on March 26. We should have election results by then and, assuming Sudbury has approved a five member board, the special election can be scheduled then. Candidates for the March 25 election had about three months from the time papers became available and about two months from the time papers had to be returned until the time the election will be held. Could we schedule the special election to coincide with the Special Senate Election on June 25? (Papers available early April, papers returned early May, election June 25?) I'd like to hear the Town Clerk to comment on the logistics. But it certainly seems like there would be time for that, and Sudbury would not then have to hire poll workers for a separate election.
Bryan S February 07, 2013 at 07:29 PM
Rick I think everyone wants to improve the schools and town. And I agree, this is not a magic bullet to cure all problems. We will still have an OPEB liability, 40B builders, a two system school district and a school funding model that is not predictable at all. But I do believe going 3 -5 will get us more people working to solve these problems. There are many candidates who can fill the extra seats. I would not necessarily vote for them due to policy differences, but I would consider them qualified when measured up against the current board membership. Even with these differences on policy, I still believe my long term interests would be served better with five people I don't agree with on the board vs. the situation today that is in my opinion dysfunctional.
Michael Troiano February 07, 2013 at 09:45 PM
Fixed this. Sorry, guys.

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