A nine-year veteran of the School Committee declared his candidacy for the Bedford Select Board on Tuesday, less than 16 hours after the incumbent announced she has decided not to seek re-election.
Daniel Brosgol, whose School Committee term expires in March, said in his campaign announcement that Bedford “continues to be a wonderful case study of how to run a town well.” And although “there is work to be done, and problems to solve,” the town “has the ability, and the leadership, to address these challenges head on.”
There is one Select Board position in the March 9 Town Election, which means that up to two candidates can be nominated by the citizens’ caucus, scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 9. The other option for securing a place on the ballot is a nominating petition signed by at least 50 registered voters.
Margot Fleischman stated near the end of Monday’s Select Board meeting that she will not seek a fifth three-year term.
Brosgol, current chair of the School Committee for the third time, wrote in his campaign statement that his tenure encompassed “four building projects, two superintendent searches, and a global pandemic, on top of the usual business of budgeting and ensuring ongoing excellence” of the schools.
In his statement, the candidate cited not only the planned fire station, but also other capital needs; housing affordability; and improved town employee benefits among the top challenges facing the town. “Perhaps most importantly, we must continue to manage growth while preserving the small-town feel that we all love about Bedford,” he said.
Brosgol also enumerated the town’s advantages, such as financial stability, well-maintained streets, support for education, and corporate vitality.
“People move here because of the incredible array of programs offered to residents of all ages by the Recreation Department and Council on Aging,” he said.
He also cited his leadership with other community organizations, especially Bedford TV, Bedford Babe Ruth Baseball and Softball, and the Bedford Day 5K Road Race. He also is a volunteer with Bedford Santa.
Brosgol, 45, is executive director of Temple Shir Tikvah, a Reform synagogue in Wayland. Prior to that, he directed the Recreation Department’s Kids’ Club for four years.
He and his wife Elizabeth have resided in Bedford for 17 years; they have five children.