Town Meeting Candidates

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Adam I. Boardman

Precinct:

8

8 Sylvester Rd

Write-In: 

No

Why should residents in your Precinct elect you to represent them at Town Meeting? How have you served Natick in the past?

I just finished a 3 year term and would like to continue contributing. I am a vocal and involved Town Meeting Member. I have been focused on street repair and street safety as that has been the biggest concern of the past. There are much more significant concerns now.

What is your understanding of Natick’s current and future budget challenges? How do you propose we address these challenges?

There looks to be at least an 8 million dollar shortfall to the budget and there will be budget issues for many years to come. I have significant concerns over reduction of the school budget. I understand some programs will need to be reduced or eliminated but we can�t forget that the new way of educating our kids is going to require retraining and an increased technology presence. Likely more staff as well in order to keep class sizes small. These changes can�t happen without resources.

What do you hope to accomplish as a Town Meeting Member?

Since Trump was elected, I just wanted to contribute in some way. Also, participation in Town Meeting gives me hope. Democracy works and being a part of that is an honor.

Andy Luke

Precinct:

5

63 Evergreen Rd

Write-In: 

No

Why should residents in your Precinct elect you to represent them at Town Meeting? How have you served Natick in the past?

Awaiting response

What is your understanding of Natick’s current and future budget challenges? How do you propose we address these challenges?

Awaiting response

What do you hope to accomplish as a Town Meeting Member?

Awaiting response

Barbara S. Sanchez

Precinct:

4

54 Washington Ave.

Write-In: 

No

Why should residents in your Precinct elect you to represent them at Town Meeting? How have you served Natick in the past?

I am currently running for reelection, for a second term, for the Recreation and Parks Commission. I have been and continue to be heavily involved in the design and construction of East Park and Navy Yard Park improvement projects. I am currently the Commission�s representative to the Rail Trail Advisory Board. I am secretary for the Friends of the Morse Institute Library and have been a volunteer for nine years with the Natick Service Council. I am a graduate of the Natick �Citizens Leadership Academy�.

What is your understanding of Natick’s current and future budget challenges? How do you propose we address these challenges?

I am fully aware of the financial forecasts for the future and the difficult decisions ahead for the Town. I feel we need to be open minded to the information that is presented by all parties. I accept that all involved parties have good intentions, as we all work for the best future of Natick.

What do you hope to accomplish as a Town Meeting Member?

I plan to vote to allocate Natick�s limited resources in an informed and thoughtful manner. The decisions we make will impact the future of our neighbors and Natick long into the future. I plan to vote to maintain Natick as the outstanding community that has continually enriched my family�s and neighbors� lives. We raised three daughters here. One of our girls is living here with her family. All of her children attend the Natick Public school system. All of my Town Meeting decisions will be made for the good of my family, neighbors and whole Natick community.

Brendan Burns

Precinct:

3

23 Greenwood Rd

Write-In: 

No

Why should residents in your Precinct elect you to represent them at Town Meeting? How have you served Natick in the past?

Awaiting response

What is your understanding of Natick’s current and future budget challenges? How do you propose we address these challenges?

Awaiting response

What do you hope to accomplish as a Town Meeting Member?

Awaiting response

Bruce Coggeshall

Precinct:

2

9 Millbrook Rd

Write-In: 

No

Why should residents in your Precinct elect you to represent them at Town Meeting? How have you served Natick in the past?

Awaiting response

What is your understanding of Natick’s current and future budget challenges? How do you propose we address these challenges?

Awaiting response

What do you hope to accomplish as a Town Meeting Member?

Awaiting response

Carey Buttfield

Precinct:

8

69 Pond St

Write-In: 

No

Why should residents in your Precinct elect you to represent them at Town Meeting? How have you served Natick in the past?

Since buying my 150-year old, two-family home 17 years ago, not only have I transformed it into a showcase property, I have immersed myself in helping to make Natick a wonderful place to live, work, and play. After helping to resurrect the annual Earth Day Festival almost ten years ago, my volunteer work really began when I co-founded Renewable Natick�which in eight short months drafted a Resolution that 88 out of 102 Town Meeting Members supported at 2018 Fall Town Meeting to move Natick to 100% Renewable Energy; was appointed by the Select Board to the Natick Sustainability Committee, where I serve with honor; became a Board Member and Treasurer of Keep Natick Beautiful, and lastly was the 2019 Natick Day Coordinator that resulted in a record number of vendors and shattered attendance records. As a Town Meeting Member I will continue to work with my constituents to make prudent decisions that improve the quality of life for all Natick residents.

What is your understanding of Natick’s current and future budget challenges? How do you propose we address these challenges?

Currently experiencing my own financial challenges as a result of being furloughed due to the Covid-19 crisis, my participating in Catherine Brunell's June 4th online presentation was quite telling as I now have a better appreciation that while most if not all of the Town's debt obligations remain in place, a significant portion of the Town's revenue stream was, like a faucet�actually more like an open fire hydrant, suddenly cut off. As a result, my understanding is the Town Administrator, Melissa Malone's budget has had to be revised and further scrutinized by the Finance Committee to reevaluate where cuts can be made to make the best use of those severely limited funds. That said, I feel it is imperative that Town Meeting Members�a much larger body collectively representing the residents of all ten Natick precincts, further evaluate and then recommend how to prioritize and best allocate those limited funds.

What do you hope to accomplish as a Town Meeting Member?


If elected, I would first want to meet with returning Town Meeting Members from my precinct to not only learn from their experience but to hear stories that residents in our neighborhood have shared with them so that I have a better understanding of past and/or current issues that are important to them. Next I would want to act as a sounding board for all the residents in my precinct, to listen to any additional concerns and ideas they might have on how to make Natick an even better place to live, work and play. And from there I would plan to continue a dialogue with other Precinct 8 Town Meeting Members to see how, as a group, we can best accomplish those issues most important to our constituents while balancing the needs of the Town as a whole.

Carole Berkowitz

Precinct:

3

9 Crescent Street

Write-In: 

No

Why should residents in your Precinct elect you to represent them at Town Meeting? How have you served Natick in the past?

I have been a resident of Natick for over 50 years. In the sixties, I was a Town Meeting Member. Most towns get their drinking water from the MWRA. Natick gets its drinking water from the aquifer of Lake Cochituate.The State of MA owns the lake.In 2002, the invasive weed, milfoil, appeared in the South Pond. To control the weed, not kill it, the state attempted to try a series of herbicides. A group of citizens fought against this approach and formed Protect Our Water Resources. I represented POWR in a fight against the State in the State Administrative Court for 9 years. We have been able to limit herbicides and have a program of using a non-chemical approach resulting in the better protection of our Natick wells. Our name now is � Lake Cochituate Watershed Council, Inc., a non-profit, and I am the President.
In the sixties, our family was involved in civil rights. I headed a committee that brought Metco to Natick. I headed a committee that challenged unfair housing practices in Natick.
In 1969, our family of four headed into the U.S. Peace Corps and served for two years in the Fiji Islands. (Not a tourist destination, then). I worked at the Suva Crippled Children�s School.
Upon return, I went back to school to become a special needs teacher. My last 14 years ( of 30 ) was at the Stapleton School in Framingham where students from South Framingham were bused. I helped to start a first/second grade inclusion program which became a model for my school and others in Framingham. This work led me to join the Common Street Spiritual Center where inclusion is a major goal. I am working with Natick renewable energy group and have become a member of our Human Relations Committee, resulting in using my education and experience in the Peace Corps. These changing times in our town and country. I believe that my actions and experiences will be beneficial to the whole town of Natick as a Town Meeting member.

What is your understanding of Natick’s current and future budget challenges? How do you propose we address these challenges?

I understand that Natick has an 8.3 million dollar budget deficit. ( possibly more or less ) as not all revenue losses or State aid is known at this time. This loss will require deep cuts. How we choose to and from where is a critical issue. We know cuts will be made in education, in public works and Town operating expenses. I believe that cuts need to be aligned with Natick values of fairness. All represented individuals and groups will suffer some losses, however, the losses must be applied with consideration of how they will effect the individual as well as the group. Right now I am in the learning mode. I listen to the Selectman�s virtual meetings, Protect Natick�s Future, Natick is United and Coffee with a Purpose where Selectmen Mike Hickey just spoke last Monday. I know a teacher at the High School. This its helping me with my personal education strategy. I am learning about how these town structures operate and what the losses might mean to them. I believe that I need this knowledge base first before I move to the propose part of the question. I believe we all need to educate ourselves first before we can vote for these changes. I would like to see a cap on the cost of elders who live on a fixed income. To think many were born in Natick and would have to leave because of not being able to keep up with real estate taxes. I would like to see an increase in low income housing. I am concerned about the Natick Public Schools.

What do you hope to accomplish as a Town Meeting Member?

First to learn from others about their needs.
Second, to help make Natick become more transparent especially in financial matters between the Select Board and Finance Committee.
To represent senior citizens who have fixed incomes. Those who have grown up in Natick or worked in Natick need help to remain in their homes.

Catherine (Cathy) Coughlin

Precinct:

6

13 Maine Ave

Write-In: 

No

Why should residents in your Precinct elect you to represent them at Town Meeting? How have you served Natick in the past?

Former Finance Committee Member and Town Meeting member. I decided to run for TM again because Natick is once again facing some very tough financial decisions and I feel that my
experience can help. There shouldn�t be a school vs. municipal battle and there SHOULD be open, clear communication with a common goal
of making Natick�s finances work for all.

What is your understanding of Natick’s current and future budget challenges? How do you propose we address these challenges?

Natick has never been swimming in cash and there�s always been an arduous budget season before the budget is finalized for TM to vote on. But now, given the unforeseen and the disastrous ramifications from COVID, Natick is facing a budget crisis similar to 2008. We need to scrutinize what is needed and whether we can continue to provide the stellar services (municipal and school) the residents have come to rely on. I do not believe that revenues will improve next year or the year after that. Businesses closing, people are losing their jobs, etc. All of these closures, job losses and unemployment shortfalls will require time to improve.

To address these challenges I encourage greater community education and involvement, such as this organization. I also encourage more citizens to invest their time and talent in Natick by running for elected office. And, dare I say it? It�s time for the voters to decide whether or not the answer to our budget woes is an operational override. I do not say this cavalierly because I realize that many in this town won�t be able to afford an OO. But, until and unless it is placed on the ballot it won�t be fully discussed.

What do you hope to accomplish as a Town Meeting Member?

To be the best representative I can be for the residents of Precinct 6 and the residents of Natick.

Catherine Brunell

Precinct:

9

11 Circular Avenue

Write-In: 

Yes

Why should residents in your Precinct elect you to represent them at Town Meeting? How have you served Natick in the past?

Elect me because I am deeply invested in asking questions and finding solutions that are the best for Natick. I will serve Town Meeting with that lens. I've served Natick by volunteering as a youth sports coach in soccer and hockey and by volunteering at Johnson, Kennedy, the High School and the Natick Service Council.

What is your understanding of Natick’s current and future budget challenges? How do you propose we address these challenges?

We have a delicate balance of services for all residents and children and a pot of money to share. Ideas to best use it: best communication, clear understanding of what is important to people in town, work for a long term solution to make the pot a bit bigger.

What do you hope to accomplish as a Town Meeting Member?

I will listen to people, understand perspectives and if appropriate, speak them on the Town Meeting Floor. I will vote for a budget that does the most good for the most needs.

Charlene Foss

Precinct:

6

18 Sunshine Ave

Write-In: 

No

Why should residents in your Precinct elect you to represent them at Town Meeting? How have you served Natick in the past?

I�ve been a TM member for a number of years. I�ve been on 2 boards as well. Natick Housing Authority and Council on Aging

What is your understanding of Natick’s current and future budget challenges? How do you propose we address these challenges?

Over past decade, Natick has been constructing its budgets, while using free cash and stabilization funds. The use of these funds cannot continue so the Town needs to raise property tax revenues, doing so will stabilize our revenue flow ensuring that we reasonable fund our towns departments and enable us to provide desired services.

What do you hope to accomplish as a Town Meeting Member?

I have been a member in TM while the town has increased stabilization balances, I wish to continue such good stewardship of taxpayers money

Christine Weithman

Precinct:

5

6 Spring Valley Rd

Write-In: 

Yes

Why should residents in your Precinct elect you to represent them at Town Meeting? How have you served Natick in the past?

I grew up in Natick and returned here after getting married. I've represented Precinct 5 in the past as a TM member. I am also a former finance committee member. I was the chair of the Wilson Middle School Override support group 'Yes on 9' [Nov 2000 election]. I've provided guidance to the HS and Kennedy School Override groups.

What is your understanding of Natick’s current and future budget challenges? How do you propose we address these challenges?

Natick's current budget challenge in the short term is from COVID lost revenues and long term from the 2 1/2 cap on real estate taxes. Natick's future budget challenge is taking care of town services within the 2 1/2 cap, including increased staffing for a new Kennedy Middle School. Town administration and selectmen need to be more realistic and less ultra conservative in revenue forecasts and use slightly more stabilization funding to restore some of the current service cuts.

What do you hope to accomplish as a Town Meeting Member?

Natick is a wonderful community and we need to carefully balance the community and budget needs. I plan to vote in this manner at TM. Natick needs to set their priorities to support public health, public safety and the schools and not decimate other town services

Christopher Resmini

Precinct:

4

1 Foskett Court

Write-In: 

No

Why should residents in your Precinct elect you to represent them at Town Meeting? How have you served Natick in the past?

Natick is once again facing a major financial challenge. The troubling task of maintaining essential services at a time when revenues are in free fall brings about uncertainty and fear. We want our schools funded, our streets safe, and our town to prosper. I am a lifelong Natick resident, a product of our great school system, and a concerned parent of a Wilson Middle School student. I have served on Town Meeting in the past (2010-2013) and served on the Natick Finance Committee for four years (2012-2016). I will use all of my knowledge and experience gained over the years to help the town get through this trying time without sacrificing that which we hold dear. I respectfully ask for your vote on June 30th.

What is your understanding of Natick’s current and future budget challenges? How do you propose we address these challenges?

Natick was facing fiscal difficulties before this pandemic. Budget shortfalls were already projected for the next few years and a major building project (Kennedy) are still ahead of us.
At the moment the town is facing a severe drop in local option tax receipts, which is the result of weak restaurant/hotel business among other factors. Add this to mounting joblessness, the inability of some to pay property taxes, and decreased state aid and the picture becomes more bleak.
Town meeting will be tasked with voting a budget in the coming weeks that seeks to be a stopgap of sorts until there is more certainty. I am optimistic that federal aid will be coming within the next few months. This will greatly boost the state aid coming to Natick. When this money comes in, Town Meeting will hopefully be able to restore much of what has been cut from the budget being presented currently.
We cannot completely rely on federal government aid though; we must make a prudent plan to ensure that local revenue and spending balance out until some sense if normalcy returns.
I have been hearing a great deal of talk about dipping into reserve funds to support the operating budget. In my experience relying on the limited cash in reserves this way may backfire. This is especially true if this climate lasts deep into next year and the budget deficit balloons to $10-15mm and reserve funds are depleted. A fine balancing act must take place, and I believe my experience will help me navigate this uncertainty in a way which produces the least amount of negative impact.

What do you hope to accomplish as a Town Meeting Member?

I hope to be an ear that members of precinct 4 can reach out to and a voice for their concerns. Natick has been in difficult times like this before and has emerged stronger. I am confident that this will be the case again.

Claire Frantz

Precinct:

9

155 E Central Street

Write-In: 

Yes

Why should residents in your Precinct elect you to represent them at Town Meeting? How have you served Natick in the past?

I am running for Town Meeting as a write-in candidate for Precinct 9, where there is one more vacant position than candidates on the ballot. I am raising two young boys in this great community who will be attending Lilja when they start kindergarten. I attended the Natick Leadership Academy this past winter, where I learned more about how our local government functions.

What is your understanding of Natick’s current and future budget challenges? How do you propose we address these challenges?

I understand that the town does need to make budget cuts due to the projected loss in town revenue. However, I was very concerned with the initial proposed cuts to our school budget. I have been closely following the subsequent School Committee and Select Board's meetings. I have very much appreciated Protect Natick's Future's resources and creative thinking when it comes to solving this problem. As a Town Meeting member, I would want to help ensure that the school budget cuts are prudent and reversible.

What do you hope to accomplish as a Town Meeting Member?

I am so very excited about the possibility of serving this amazing town and want us to be in as strong of a position as possible as we recover from the pandemic. I would appreciate your support to ensure that our precinct has the full number of Town Meeting members possible, especially due to the debate surrounding the school budget.

Cody Jacobs

Precinct:

3

20 Fairway Circle

Write-In: 

No

Why should residents in your Precinct elect you to represent them at Town Meeting? How have you served Natick in the past?

I am dedicated to maintaining and improving our quality of life in Natick , especially as it pertains to inclusiveness and sustainability. I have two children who will eventually be in public schools here, including my oldest who is starting kindergarten at Brown in the fall, so I am particularly invested in the future of our schools.

I currently serve on Natick's Transportation Advisory Committee.

What is your understanding of Natick’s current and future budget challenges? How do you propose we address these challenges?

Our budget challenge is serious but we must not sacrifice our town's vital services that will be key to positioning us for a strong recovery. In the short term, I support:

- Fairly apportioning any necessary cuts across the town's various departments rather than balancing the budget largely on the backs of our schools as the current proposal would do.

- Increasing the amount the town withdraws from the stabilization fund in order to avoid the most devastating proposed cuts.

Going forward, I support a property tax override vote in order to allow Natick to reverse these budget cuts, further invest in our community, and be in a stronger financial position for the long term.

What do you hope to accomplish as a Town Meeting Member?

I hope to vote for a budget proposal that addresses the current crisis fairly as discussed above. In the future, I'd like to see the town work towards completing critical infrastructure improvements including many of the transportation projects I've studied through my town committee work such as modernizing key intersections, improving bike-access and pedestrian safety, and completing more "street acceptances" in order to ensure consistent road quality throughout town. More generally, I hope to use my platform as a Town Meeting Member to promote policies that are in line with the progressive values of our community.

Craig Bystrynski

Precinct:

7

80 MacArthur Rd

Write-In: 

No

Why should residents in your Precinct elect you to represent them at Town Meeting? How have you served Natick in the past?

Awaiting response

What is your understanding of Natick’s current and future budget challenges? How do you propose we address these challenges?

Awaiting response

What do you hope to accomplish as a Town Meeting Member?

Awaiting response

David Kahn

Precinct:

6

17 Fox Hill Drive

Write-In: 

No

Why should residents in your Precinct elect you to represent them at Town Meeting? How have you served Natick in the past?

During my past term, I attended Town Meeting consistently, reviewed the necessary documents, and contributed to the reasoned discussion on key issues. I've taken the time to understand how Natick operates, in part by completing the Natick Citizen Leadership Academy. My education and work experience is in both engineering and management.

What is your understanding of Natick’s current and future budget challenges? How do you propose we address these challenges?

Even before COVID-19, it was clear that we were going to have significant budget challenges in coming years. After funding all "must do" line items, there will not be enough money to fund everything that the residents desire. COVID-19 has significantly impacted this issue. Moving forward will require prioritization, creativity and compromise.

What do you hope to accomplish as a Town Meeting Member?

I will review the warrant and supplemental materials provided by Natick departments, finance committee, school committee and other residents. I will participate in the discussion of these warrant articles, and ask questions when appropriate. I will vote on each motion representing the interests of Natick residents to the best of my ability.

David Krentzman

Precinct:

10

97 Woodland St

Write-In: 

No

Why should residents in your Precinct elect you to represent them at Town Meeting? How have you served Natick in the past?

I have served on Town Meeting for the past 12 years. I am a 35 year resident of the town and serve on a number of volunteer boards.

What is your understanding of Natick’s current and future budget challenges? How do you propose we address these challenges?

Natick faces challenges based on the reduction of meal and hotel taxes as a result of the pandemic, as well as reduced state aid. I will work with the town administrator and school department to target budget cuts that spread the pain equally and do my best to keep essential services as unaffected as possible.

What do you hope to accomplish as a Town Meeting Member?

My goal is to support warrant articles that are in the best interest of the town and its residents. Hard decisions regarding the budget will need to be made this year. It is important that Town Meeting have a full and transparent debate over budget cuts and their effect on the schools, town services and the future financial stability of Natick.

Deana Jean Massey

Precinct:

8

46 Fairview Ave

Write-In: 

No

Why should residents in your Precinct elect you to represent them at Town Meeting? How have you served Natick in the past?

I have served as a town meeting member in precinct 5. My term is up and I live in precinct 8 now and am on the ballot for my new precinct.

I love living in Natick and its values. I care about the schools (both of my children attend NPS), making Natick affordable and accessible, attracting businesses to downtown, continuing to enhance sustainability, taking care of our town employees and retirees, and maintaining our town�s roads and open spaces.

Note: Voting records for all town meetings are available on the town�s website.

What is your understanding of Natick’s current and future budget challenges? How do you propose we address these challenges?

This is a challenging time for everyone. There will be difficult choices to make. I�m hopeful that the select board and finance committee are able to work together to pull all the available financial levers possible to get us through the budget shortfall without severe disruption of services and job losses. It�s important that Natick town maintains its current bond rating and I�m hopeful that our debt can be refinanced now that interest rates are at historic lows.

What do you hope to accomplish as a Town Meeting Member?

I hope to represent the diverse interests of the residents of my precinct and the best interests of Natick now and the Natick of the future.

Elizabeth Montemayor

Precinct:

10

169 Union Street

Write-In: 

No

Why should residents in your Precinct elect you to represent them at Town Meeting? How have you served Natick in the past?

I've lived in Natick for 10 years and am a working mom with 2 kids in NPS. I'm running to be a new Town Meeting Member because I love Natick and will commit time and effort to understand its challenges and give thoughtful consideration of how best to address the current COVID19-related budget deficit. I'm a risk management consultant and can bring an analytical thought process and collaborative approach to my participation in Town Meeting. I've contributed in Natick as a member of SPARK Kindness and participant in various Natick Service Council volunteer opportunities. I was also fortunate to attend the Natick Citizen Leadership Academy a year ago which taught me a lot about our town government and inspired me to want to serve as a Town Meeting Member.

What is your understanding of Natick’s current and future budget challenges? How do you propose we address these challenges?

I've found PNF's website and YouTube videos very helpful in outlining the budget process and challenges and have attended virtual SC zoom meetings over past couple of months. I am interested to learn more from the Finance Committee and about the TA's budget of last week. I think the use of stabilization funds will be essential to stave off the degree of potential deep cuts that would create lasting damage, although it remains to be seen how much of those funds is reasonable to use in the current economic climate.

What do you hope to accomplish as a Town Meeting Member?

I hope to step up to serve Natick and to make a difference in these challenging and uncertain times. I hope to find constructive, collaborative, and strategic solutions. I support our schools, community service, taking care of our seniors, and adequate funding to keep Natick running strong. I am mindful of the ever-increasing tax burden on our residents and believe we need strategic priorities to deal with the significant new growth that's already occurred and ensure responsible zoning with open space conservation going forward to maintain Natick's small town charm while investing in its future.

Elizabeth Yobaccio

Precinct:

7

2 Meetinghouse Lane

Write-In: 

Yes

Why should residents in your Precinct elect you to represent them at Town Meeting? How have you served Natick in the past?

I currently serve as a Member of the Board of Registrars and would like to play a more active role in serving the community as a Town Meeting member. As a recently retired long term Natick resident, I now have the time to be more active in Town Governance. I believe Town Meeting plays a critical role in that.

What is your understanding of Natick’s current and future budget challenges? How do you propose we address these challenges?

Clearly I have much to learn before I can offer specific recommendations, but in my Registrar role I am aware of proposed budget cutbacks. I assume restrictions related to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic have led to revenue shortfalls. As these restrictions are eased over the next couple of months, some revenue relief can be expected. So the budget shortfall probably will decline as a result. However, it is not likely that the gap will be eliminated. Right now the Town is looking at cost cutting to reduce the budget shortfall. Time will tell if the anticipated revenue increases and proposed cost cuts will be sufficient to eliminate the budget shortfall.

What do you hope to accomplish as a Town Meeting Member?

My long career as Professor of Finance has provided me with some skills and knowledge that might be useful in the short term in addressing the budget crisis, as well as ongoing budget issues. I would like to have the chance to add my voice to the many who are trying to address this crisis. In addition, my many years as a Natick resident might be useful in shaping the future of Natick.

Emily Grant

Precinct:

8

58 High Street

Write-In: 

Yes

Why should residents in your Precinct elect you to represent them at Town Meeting? How have you served Natick in the past?

I'm a math teacher who is currently working part time as a math tutor and a stay at home mom to our three boys - two in the school system and one in preschool. I can understand and explain the numbers involved in the budget process(that's my hand in Protect Natick's Futures "viral" youtube videos). I've served on the Johnson PTO board for 4 years, including the past two as PTO president as well as coaching teams, leading cub scouts and other kids activities.

What is your understanding of Natick’s current and future budget challenges? How do you propose we address these challenges?

The FY21 budget is affected by an over 8 million dollar revenue loss from what was proposed in January in the Preliminary budget due to a decrease in state aid and local receipts. This revenue loss needs to be shared appropriately among all departments, making sure that schools are appropriated enough money to maintain current class sizes, keep or reduce school density and meet the needs of students re-entering school during a pandemic. I will advocate that we don't make cuts to schools that will take decades to recover from and that we maintain municipal services that are critical to the safety and health of all members of Natick. I will continue to ask questions that encourage clarity and shows all sides of this larger budget picture.

What do you hope to accomplish as a Town Meeting Member?

In the near term, for this current budget process, I feel that I can accurately share and give perspective to the numbers involved in the process. In the long term I would continue to advocate for transparency and accuracy among all town leaders and a continued focus toward increasing town revenue and multi year budget planning.

Eric M. Jacobson

Precinct:

10

68 Cottage St.

Write-In: 

No

Why should residents in your Precinct elect you to represent them at Town Meeting? How have you served Natick in the past?

Although only having moved to Natick relatively recently in 2018, my wife and I have found Natick to be an incredible community that offers so much in the way of excellent benefits to its residents. From exemplary service from NPD, NFD & DPW, to the plethora of excellent offerings by Rec & Parks, and of course high caliber education through NPS- we believe Natick to be an ideal community to live in. I'm running for Town Meeting in order to give back to a community that I have been thoroughly impressed by at every turn.

What is your understanding of Natick’s current and future budget challenges? How do you propose we address these challenges?

Having worked in banking for the last 7 years, I have recently witnessed first hand how both businesses and individuals have been drastically affected by the events of COVID-19. Through the administration of the PPP the federal government has assisted many small business and provided temporary relief- but it will not be enough for many businesses to sustain through this crippling economic time. Although I consider it to be inevitable that towns such as Natick will be receiving similar assistance from the federal government, this alone will similarly not be enough to sustain us. Nor will relying on free cash reserves. Leaning heavily into our cash reserves now is a band-aid that could leave Natick very hard-pressed in the near distant future. We need careful and thoughtful analysis by Town Meeting, the BOS, and the TA in order to assess what components of our town are critical to our identity and which we are able to at least temporarily sacrifice for the sake of our town's long term health.

What do you hope to accomplish as a Town Meeting Member?

I hope to represent a common sense voice for the residents of Natick as we all navigate our future amidst COVID together. We have a special community filled with very dedicated people and I look forward to working alongside them in order to best represent the interests of all residents.

Erica Boudreau

Precinct:

5

12 Russell Circle

Write-In: 

Yes

Why should residents in your Precinct elect you to represent them at Town Meeting? How have you served Natick in the past?

When my husband and I first moved to Natick in 2006, I applied my knowledge and skills as a professional archivist to volunteer at the Natick Historical Society. After we started our family, all of my time and energy went into caring for our two children while working full time. Now that our children are a little older - they will both be attending Wilson Middle School in the Fall - and my job is 100% remote, I want to find ways to give back to this community that I love. I have not participated in local government before, but I am eager to listen, learn, and work hard to ensure that our town serves the needs of all of its residents.

What is your understanding of Natick’s current and future budget challenges? How do you propose we address these challenges?

I know that we face seemingly insurmountable budget challenges, and that solutions will not be easily agreed upon. Every citizen will be affected by a reduced budget, whether as the parent of a student in the school system, a recipient of services offered by the Morse Institute or the Senior Center, or a town employee who faces reduced hours or even unemployment. I don�t pretend to have the answers, but I do know that we will need to work together, listening to every voice, to find common ground as we identify what we are willing to sacrifice in order to protect the things we value most as a town.

What do you hope to accomplish as a Town Meeting Member?

I am running for Town Meeting in order to have a voice in the decisions that affect our daily lives, and to do whatever I can to ensure that my neighbors� voices are heard as well. As a parent I worry about the ability of our schools to fully prepare our kids to succeed; as a member of a household made up of three generations I understand the importance of easily accessible senior services; and as a citizen I want to work alongside my neighbors to make a difference in our town.

Evelyn Jackson

Precinct:

7

15 Middle St

Write-In: 

No

Why should residents in your Precinct elect you to represent them at Town Meeting? How have you served Natick in the past?

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What is your understanding of Natick’s current and future budget challenges? How do you propose we address these challenges?

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What do you hope to accomplish as a Town Meeting Member?

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Frank H. Sanchez

Precinct:

4

54 Washington Ave.

Write-In: 

No

Why should residents in your Precinct elect you to represent them at Town Meeting? How have you served Natick in the past?

I have been a Town Meeting Member since 2016. My meeting attendance has been @ 90-95%. I have been a neighborhood representative to the Recreation & Parks Commission, for the redevelopment of East and Navy Yard Parks, since 2015. I have attended numerous design and construction meetings along with parks walk-through s. I have and continue to provide feedback based on my engineering background and from my neighbors input to this project. I am a member of the Natick Community Garden Steering Committee and a graduate of the Natick �Citizens Leadership Academy�.

What is your understanding of Natick’s current and future budget challenges? How do you propose we address these challenges?

I am fully aware of the many budget difficulties faced by the Town and how they have been recently exacerbated by the Covid-19 crisis. I prepare by regularly watching the Select Board and Finance Committee meetings, so that I understand the articles and budget issues that are presented. Many of the items presented are very complex with uncertain future consequences. I vote based on feedback I receive from my neighbors and my opinion on how individual articles will best benefit Natick now and in the future.

What do you hope to accomplish as a Town Meeting Member?

I hope to vote to allocate Natick�s limited financial resources in an informed, thoughtful and intelligent manner to best benefit all Natick residents now and in the future. I hope to maintain Natick as an outstanding community for the three generations of my family that live in Natick and for all my neighbors.