Why I'm Running :
I am running for Town Meeting Member because I want to continue to be involved at a leadership level in helping to shape and maintain the Town I love. I have always been involved in the communities I have lived in from a volunteer standpoint, from coaching kids sports (even before my own kids were born) in three different states, to raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society by running the Boston Marathon in 2005, teaching computer classes one summer at the Brookline Senior Center, and back to coaching my own kid’s sports teams over the past five years. My wife and I lived in Brookline as renters from 2000-2007, and with our two daughters for the past ten years as both renters and homeowners. Now that my kids have grown to school age, I have more time to dedicate back to the community. I joined the Brookline Historical Society two years ago which has been a great confluence of my love of history and love of Brookline.
Brief Summary & Thoughts on the Committees I Have Served On :
I was part of the 2017 Override Study Committee (and also the chair of the School Population and Capital Sub-Committee) that researched in detail the increased cost challenges facing the Schools and the Town and worked with the committee to try and balance those challenges with the capacity of our Town residents to pay for those increased costs. We have made great progress in making and executing plans to expand and modernize our schools, with overrides to fund the Ridley school expansion and modernization, the high school expansion, the Driscoll school rebuild, and in the next few years a vote to rebuild Pierce. As part of serving on the 2019 Brookline Fiscal Advisory Committee I helped study what Brookline can do going forward to sustain our AAA bond rating, and make changes and adjustments to our fiscal policy to continue balancing our needs. Part of what makes our Town great is that our residents consist of people of all ages, walks of life, religions, and diverse backgrounds, and that diversity could be impacted by these factors if not addressed. Recently I was the Precinct 6 rep on the Redistricting Committee to look at redefining (if needing) the precincts for the Town. I felt we did a great job in modifying the existing precinct lines (minus Precinct 16) as well as adding a new Precinct 17 to hit and balance all of the goals of the committee, especially in being able to create two majority minority precincts in the Town.
Endorsed by :
Brookline By Design
League of Women Voters Questionnaire & Answers :
Question 1: What are the one or two most critical issues in your precinct and/or the town and how would you address them?
Two critical issues to both Precinct 6 and Brookline overall are the need to complete our recent school expansion/renovation projects that can be accomplished by approving the Pierce renovation/rebuild project that will be partially supported through MSBA funding, as well as revising our zoning laws to allow for well-planned residential and commercial growth to address our housing crunch and structural deficit.
Question 2: Biographical data
I have lived in Brookline for seventeen years, 2000-2007 with my wife Sherry, and 2012-present with Sherry and our two daughters (Ellie & Meg, 8th & 5th Grade - Pierce). I graduated from Purdue University in 1996 (Computer Engineering/History) and from Boston University in 2002 (MBA & MSIS). I’ve worked in High Tech for over 25 years as an engineer, manager, and director. I have a passion for Brookline history and I enjoy spending time with my family, running, and doing home improvement projects.