Bourne School Committee member Judith M. Froman will take out nomination papers next week to run for selectman.
She said she looks forward to meeting voters and listening to their concerns between now and the May 16 town election.
“Bourne has great potential, and I am driven to make things work,” Froman said. “During my nearly 30 years living in Bourne, raising our family, and working full-time, I have volunteered in many ways, small and large, to offer my skills and time to benefit the community. At this point I see the Selectman opportunity as one where I can use my skills to complement those currently on the board so that we can optimize reasonable opportunities.”
Froman was elected to the school committee in 2015, after having been appointed in 2014 to fill a vacancy, and has served on its Budget and Facilities subcommittees. Additionally, she represents the School Committee on a Joint Labor Management Committee with teachers union and school administration officials. She coordinated the social media efforts on behalf of the ballot question committee supporting the successful debt exclusion vote in December to replace the Peebles elementary school.
She is executive director of the Pinehills Landowners Association in Plymouth, where she oversees budgets, personnel and facilities. Froman says she is accountable for employees, residents, contractors, systems, facilities, and services all working efficiently. “This work requires much of what is needed in town governance,” she said. “Identifying leaders and creating project plans to make things happen. By creating this expectation, there is a framework and expectation for leadership, communication, and accountability.”
“Throughout my career I have been accustomed to working with people with divergent ideas and managing multiple issues,” Froman said. “I tend to be an independent thinker and rarely run with a pack. My style is to listen, cut through the drama, identify problems, gather facts, look at possibilities from the 30,000-foot level as well as ground level, and then to make a decision. Pleasant persistence, patience, and managing expectations are essential to progress.”
Froman is a mother of two children, who attended Bourne Public Schools, K-12, and went on to further education and professional jobs. She also served on the board of Shawme Heights Senior Affordable Housing in Sandwich and has been involved in her church as well as youth sports programs in Bourne. During her 29 years in Bourne, Froman has regularly volunteered in some capacity in community organizations.
Plans for a campaign kickoff event in late March will be announced later this month. Froman may be reached at 443-572-1124 or [email protected].