~ Submitted by Shawn J. Hanegan
I am pleased to announce my candidacy for Bedford Select Board in the upcoming Town Election. I have had the privilege of serving you in different roles for the past ten years, and I am asking for your trust and support so that I can serve you in a different way as one of your Select Board members.
From a young age, I have always had an interest in the actions of the government and the role it can play in people’s lives. I have studied it, participated in it, and come to appreciate what a difference it can make. State and federal government actions drive the headlines, but town government is just as important for its residents. It is true that sometimes the government can get in the way of progress, but good government can really make a positive impact in the lives of residents.
Ten years ago, shortly after I moved to town with my wife and two daughters, I was given the opportunity to serve on the Planning Board. I have been honored to work alongside the dedicated men and women past and present that have been on the Board with me. The experience gained from my service on the Planning Board has taught me much about how Bedford’s government works, and I’m proud of the results we’ve gotten as a Board. We’ve helped to create new opportunities for people to live in our town, given residents more options with their own houses, lessened the impact of development on certain neighborhoods, and created more opportunities for desirable businesses to come to town. We’ve worked to revamp the zoning on our Great Road, putting in place design standards that will lead to attractive pedestrian and bike-friendly future developments that integrate well in our town looking ahead but also staying respectful of our town’s character. We weren’t afraid to make changes and revisit our own work when we learned new information or observed that a bylaw was not working effectively.
Along with the Planning Board, I have spent time serving on the Transportation Advisory Committee, the Community Preservation Committee, and the Housing Partnership. During my time on these boards and committees, I have been most impressed with the skill and dedication of the residents that make up our town’s government. I am thankful to all those who have given their time to make Bedford the great town it is. I have also truly enjoyed meeting others in our town via my work in town government, and have learned much from hearing your thoughts and concerns. Although experience has taught me it is impossible to make everyone satisfied with every outcome, I will always listen to others with respect and take into account your perspectives in making decisions in the best interest of Bedford and those that live here.
On the Select Board, I will apply my experience and what I’ve learned from all of you to be an effective member right away. I will also do a lot of listening. I look forward to continuing to talk with those I’ve met in town on how to best serve you as a Select Board member. I also look forward to meeting many more of you during my campaign and, if elected, during my service on the Select Board. I look forward to hearing your ideas and your stories and working with you to see how we can work to make Bedford the place we want it to be.
I want to serve you as a Select Board member. I have a passion for making government work for people and would put my heart into the position. I ask for your support at Town Caucus on January 4th and at the Town Election on March 12th.