Laurie Graham

Laurie Graham

Laurie Graham

I am writing this letter in support of Mark Paolillo for Selectmen. As a School Committee member for 8 years I had the opportunity of working with Mark during his two terms on the Board of Selectmen. I have found him to be a thoughtful consensus builder; an elected official who takes the time to look into the issues and ask questions and listen to opinions before making a decision and, one who will explain those decisions once made.

As chair of the Board of Selectmen, Mark’s emphasis on calling for “one Belmont, one budget” and working collaboratively with School Administrators and Committee members helped move the annual budget process towards less contentious discussions and greater understanding of all departmental needs.

Mark’s leadership in the creation of the Financial Task Force was a key component in securing the successful vote for last year’s override. As a member of this group, I experienced Mark’s direction and reminders that our task was to investigate the needs of the community and to identify efficiencies and cost savings before calling for an override of any amount.

As Mark has pointed out, there is more work to do: implementing suggestions made by the Task Force; working with the School Department to see through the next steps for renovations of Belmont High School and securing the necessary debt exclusion for that project; addressing the other building needs of our town and making sure we are providing services for all of our residents.

I believe that Mark’s experienced leadership makes him the best candidate for Board of Selectmen and ask that you join me in voting for him on April 5th.

Laurie Graham
Warwick Rd, Town Meeting member precinct 6
Former chair, Belmont School Committee

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