As August rolls to a close, I thought I would take a moment to reflect on my first four months as a Wakefield Town Councilor. First, I’m not sure I can ever properly thank everyone who supported me. Please know that your words of support, willingness to host yard signs, sport pins, hold signs, knock doors, attend meet & greets, donate and ultimately vote for me is truly and deeply appreciated.
The last four months have been a bit of whirlwind. In that short time, Wakefield has held a Town Meeting that spanned four nights, voted for and then against an $8 million investment in our Public Safety Building, bid farewell to a beloved school superintendent while welcoming a new one, celebrated the return of the Farmers Market for its 10th anniversary season, proven once again why there is no better place to be on the 4th of July, debated mightily the addition of kiosks, and welcomed several new businesses to town.
Many people during the campaign asked what a Selectman, now called Councilor, does. Since being elected, the primary question seems to be “how much time does it take?” I thought it might be interesting to dissect these questions based on my short experience.
I have now attended six Town Council meetings and taken X votes on items, some mundane and others eventful, but each important to our town’s future. Here is a quick snapshot of votes I have participated in since being sworn in: