Submitted by Tom Malone
More than anyone I know, my wife Bopha Malone is passionate about helping others and giving back to the community. Bedford would be fortunate to have her as a member of the Select Board, where she’ll turn her passion and boundless energy toward helping Bedford be the best town possible for its residents.
As you may know by now, Bopha came to the U.S. as a child as a refugee from Cambodia. Thanks to a welcoming United States and supportive organizations, she became a successful, confident, and strong woman. She believes strongly in the idea, “From those to whom much has been given, much will be expected,” and has become deeply involved in service to the community. This includes but is in no way limited to serving as a board member for women-empowering organizations like Girls Inc. of Lowell, refugee assistance organizations like CMAA and the International Institute, and educational institutions like Middlesex Community College. It is important to her that everyone has access to the same chances to succeed as she has had.
As a Select Board member, she will apply that same enthusiasm to making sure everyone in town gets the support and resources they need to be able to succeed. She has the experience, the work ethic, and the determination to do so.
Beyond that, Bopha has an amazing ability to connect with people. She loves meeting new people, to speak with them and learn from them about the issues that matter most to them. She has reached out to hundreds of Bedford residents over the course of this campaign, making new friends and gaining a better understanding of the town’s strengths and challenges. She will continue to do so as a Select Board member, listening to the concerns of the community and bringing a diversity of perspectives to town government.
Our family loves living in Bedford. We are proud to live here, and I personally am proud that Bopha is stepping up to represent the town and do all she can to make Bedford even better for its residents. Please vote for her on Saturday, March 14!