I find it laudable to want to get involved and play a role in local government. I think more people should be involved, and there are many opportunities for residents to have an impact on town affairs in Sudbury. But don’t go in thinking it is a simple job, or that the decisions you make will be easy, no matter where your support is from. The duties of a Selectman are arduous, and thankless at times. We need a leader who has demonstrated the ability to weather any storm. That leader is John Drobinski. There is a reason he has been re-elected to the Board so often, he is consistent, knowledgeable and open to new ideas.
What impresses me most about John Drobinski, is his broad experience on the issues that the Board of Selectmen deal with on a consistent basis – labor negotiations, municipal law, budgeting, long term planning, technology also, relationships with other stakeholders in the Community, and his ability to bring different factions together which are very important qualities in a leader. I sat next to John on the Board of Selectmen for six years, I also had many disagreements with him, but throughout, he remained consistently fair minded, and his institutional knowledge was incredibly helpful to many citizens and Boards. I believe in John, I really do.
In addition, other attributes necessary to be a community leader would be patience, clear knowledge of municipal government and how it works, historical perspectives, understandingSense of Place. The ability to encourage different opinions and remain open minded, despite often harsh criticisms are undeniably attributed to John’s leadership.
The goals of this board have been set, and a change to the board membership will be disruptive to the excellent work underway. The new makeup of the Board of Selectmen is another justifiable reason to re-elect John. His ability to guide without forcing any particular agenda, isone of the most vital components of governing in a small community. Finally, the amazingprogress the Selectmen have made over the last several years – through the recession – so that Sudbury emerged financially intact, with definitive goals, and looking towards the future is not to be underestimated. John is the person the community has come to trust and respect. I know I do. Please join me on March 31 and vote to re-elect John Drobinski, Sudbury’s Selectman. Thank you.