I am writing to urge you to vote for Mark Paolillo for Selectman.
I was appointed Belmont’s representative to the Minuteman School Committee in November 2010. At the time, I had never worked with Mark. However, I have worked closely with him since.
Belmont only sends about 30 students to Minuteman, so Minuteman is an issue that Mark could have decided was not worth his time and energy, or was something to address in a cursory, politically-expedient fashion. Fortunately, for Belmont’s sake, he approached the matter differently. Mark jumped in when he was needed, invested the time to understand the issues, routinely solicited my thoughts and opinions, and, ably represented Belmont’s interests in meetings with the Minuteman administration and with officials from other Minuteman communities. In absolutely every single interaction that I have had with him, Mark has always been motivated by one overriding principle – “do what’s right for Belmont.”
I was also closely involved in the failed 2010 property tax override campaign. Mark was a supporter of that effort to preserve vital town services. More importantly, Mark was instrumental in paving the way for the successful 2015 override vote through his leadership role in creating the Financial Task Force.
From my personal interactions with Mark, and from my observations as a concerned citizen, it is clear that Mark is someone who takes the time to listen to people’s viewpoints, understand the issues, and seek a path that he believes best serves all the Town’s residents. If you are looking for a Selectman who will rigidly adhere to a preconceived position, Mark is definitely not your candidate. However, if you want a Selectman who will work hard, listen to all voices, and govern with the best interests of Belmont in mind, then I urge you vote for Mark Paolillo.