Although I write this letter as a Northborough resident, my experience as Chair of the Planning Board has opened my eyes to the value of fresh perspective in town government. Especially as we enter this exciting time of new vision and renewed commitment to downtown revitalization.
That’s why I’m supporting Joanne Stocklin for Town Moderator. Most of us see the Moderator’s role as running the Annual Town Meeting but there are other important duties that we may not see. The Moderator makes appointments to several critical committees in town such as Appropriations and the Personnel Board. Fresh perspective brings the opportunities for new voices and faces appointed to these committees. It also opens the door to a more transparent appointment process where all candidates are fairly considered.
The new skillsets that Ms. Stocklin brings to the role could provide our town with a true advocate for a modernized, technology-enabled town meeting with electronic voting, instead of our paper voting process. Especially where we’ve seen razor sharp margins in the last few years on bylaw votes specifically, it’s important to advance our abilities to get an accurate count of every single vote.
As a leader for nearly 20 years in the public school system, Joanne has the right experience in leadership and management to help create a culture of inclusiveness and collaboration; chair and facilitate our most important meeting of the year; and help drive positive change in the town of Northborough.
I hope you’ll join me in voting for Joanne Stocklin for Town Moderator on May 9th at Melican Middle School.