I grew up in Yarmouth, worked in the family restaurants, graduated from DY, went to Bates College, got a graduate degree from the London School of Economics, worked in public sector economic development and then in private sector real estate development, before I returned to the Cape to work once again the family business and to start a family.
In the 22 years that I have been back on the Cape I have been appointed by Selectmen to serve on the Planning Board, the EDC, the Cable Advisory Committee, the Airport Commission, and the Revitalization Committee. Town Moderator appointed me to serve on the Finance Committee.
County Commissioners have appointed me to the Cape and Islands Workforce Investment Board and to the 21st Century Task Force. I have served on the Regional Indicators Council, the CCCC Foundation, the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and the Cape Cod Conservatory boards.
Governor Romney appointed me to the Regional Competitiveness Council. Governor Patrick appointed me to the Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board. A Cabinet Secretary invited me to sit at the Small Business Roundtable.
During this time, I have worked as the Executive Director of the Cape Cod Technology Council, and then the Dennis Chamber of Commerce, working with small businesses on the Cape. All while raising a family of three children, attending church and doing algebra homework, again.
I bring this diverse experience to work in service to you, the voters of Yarmouth, as your Representative to the Assembly of Delegates. My knowledge of the state, the county and the towns of Cape Cod, is what I bring to the table every other Wednesday when the Assembly convenes in Barnstable Village. I value this position most because I was elected to it by you two years ago.
County government can be an effective tool in addressing issues common to all towns of the Cape. My goal is to promote your welfare in all matters before the County, and to safeguard your pocketbook in the process.
The county’s budget requires oversight by the Assembly of Delegates. Our main function is to pass a balanced budget for the operations of the County government each year. Unfortunately, we have not done that for the past two years. I voted against the budgets that passed. And time has proven they were indeed out of balance.
As a result, I proposed an ordinance (by-law) to create a Budget Director position to prevent the county from spending more than it takes in in the future. The Assembly will adopt this change on Wednesday, November 7th to insure the Barnstable County remains fiscally sound going forward.
I would like to continue the work that I began at the Assembly of Delegates two years ago, improving the responsiveness of the county to the needs of its citizens. I would appreciate your vote on Tuesday, November 6th.
Assembly Delegate, Town of Yarmouth