MARLBOROUGH – Robert Preciado is learning how to be a city councilor.
Along with the new councilor for Ward 6, Albert Trey Fuccillo, Preciado attended a statewide orientation session for new councilors earlier this month.
On Jan. 1, he will take over for J. Christian Dumais in Ward 3, while Dumais will become the city’s new mayor.
Since he won the Ward 3 seat, Preciado has been meeting with his constituents and the other councilors. Among his top priorities – striking a balance between attracting businesses and protecting the environment.
“I will champion initiatives that promote both a cleaner environment and working industry to ensure our beautiful city remains a thriving place for generations to come,” said Preciado on his website. “We must strike a balance between growth and sustainability.”
Development projects, especially in Ward 3, also top Preciado’s list.
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“Development in that part … there are more cars, more traffic, more people,” he said. “All these places affect everyone.”
He also wants to build a good relationship with the other councilors and maintain good communications between Dumais and Ward 3.
“I will support the mayor with his decisions and make sure constituents are also on board,” he said.
Preciado has been active with several organizations, including the Community Cupboard, One Marlborough and Marlborough Makers.
“As a member of One Marlborough, I have collaborated with my neighbors to create positive community gatherings and events. With Marlborough Makers, I have run several community art activities around the city,” Preciado wrote on his campaign website.
Preciado currently works as a machinist serving newly emerging industries in the state.