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Dear Reading Community & Precinct 2 Voters:
I am writing this letter to provide my endorsement for a set of candidates running for Town Meeting (TM) in Precinct 2. I applaud and respect all that have decided to run for a town government position. It is a thankless (and non-paying) job. These endorsements in no way diminish the contributions and/or desires to represent the community of those not listed below.
In my experience, I have always been focused on maintaining a common-sense approach to government: one that understands and prioritizes the critical needs of the community but recognizes our limited resources and respects fiscal discipline. We have some important decisions ahead of TM including (potentially) a new Senior Center, new Killam school, more downtown development, other items on our capital plan, and participation in Green Communities, to name a few. All of these will have a financial impact on the community.
There is always a long list of town issues that need to be addressed. My approach has been to work together with those that are willing to problem solve, and I have a track record of doing just that. I am endorsing the following individuals for Precinct 2 Town Meeting seats that I believe are aligned with these concepts, are open to ideas, listen to each other, and are not wed to any ideology. This slate of candidates also represents a good mix of individuals with different backgrounds and perspectives.
- Howard Cohen (candidate for Re-Election): Friend and neighbor, long-time resident and long-time TM member.
- Margaret “Peggy” Connors (candidate for Re-Election): A 41-year resident and homeowner in Reading with extensive experience in public administration, teaching and counseling, and volunteer to many civic organizations.
- David Gentile (candidate for Re-Election): Born and raised in Reading, currently serves as a member of Retirement Board and is a town employee.
- Nicole Lamson (candidate for Re-Election): Mom of two young kids and a paralegal. Invested in the community and always looking for ways to solve problems. Recently took the initiative to investigate crosswalk on Salem St. to allow for direct access to Memorial Park.
- Brian and Vanessa Curry: Brian & Vanessa have lived in Reading since 2019. They have two daughters, one attending Killam Elementary and the other in pre-school. The Currys have a history of community service, with Brian a 10+ year Big Brother Mentor and Vanessa an active volunteer in schools, a youth soccer coach and a board member for Reading’s Connect the Tots nonprofit group. Brian is also running for a seat on the Board of Library Trustees.
- Boris Nusinov: A newcomer to Town government, but a longtime resident, actively involved with coaching youth sport teams. Boris is ready to bring a fresh perspective.
- Nathan Riley: Nathan recently moved to Reading with one child already attending Reading Public schools and another in pre-school. As a Financial Advisor, Nathan is looking to apply his experience to the betterment of Reading.
- John Parsons: John is running for the vacant 2-year TM seat. He is a long time Reading Resident and has previously been a Town Meeting member. John currently serves on the Council on Aging and is their representative to the ReCalc Committee that is studying future options for the Senior Center.
A complete list of candidates for the upcoming Town Election can be found at readingrecap.com/election-2023/ including candidate biographies.
I hope you will join me in support of these candidates on Tuesday, April 4, 2023.