Support Roy Epstein for selectman
Belmont voters have an exceptionally well-prepared candidate for Selectman in Roy Epstein. I encourage anyone interested in moving the town forward, while preserving all things that make Belmont such a great place to call home, to vote for him on April 2.
I’ve known Roy a long time. His children and mine went through town schools together beginning with the Wellington and are all graduates of Belmont High. Roy’s commitment to our public schools has been consistent and strong. He was a stout advocate for the Wellington and High School debt exclusions.
Roy brings to the position of Selectman his substantial professional skill set in fiscal matters as well as respect for and appreciation of our shared values for educating our children, maintaining town services, repairing our roads, sidewalks and infrastructure, and supporting our senior citizens.
For the last several years I have sat on the Capital Budget Committee and know that Roy is intimately familiar with the issues confronting Belmont. His service on the Warrant Committee since 2007 and now as its chair provides him with deep knowledge of the myriad financial issues facing Belmont. With the significant revenue shortfall that the Town faces, it is critical that our elected leaders understand from day one all aspects of our financial challenges.
I feel strongly that Belmont voters should elect the best prepared candidate, the candidate with the deepest understanding of town government operations. We need our next Selectman to have broad knowledge of the tough issues confronting the Town in its immediate future. I, for one, want our next Selectman to have the experience in and knowledge of town affairs to steer Belmont through these challenges.
Roy Epstein is that person.
Rebecca Vose, Clark Street
Support Roy Epstein for selectman
I am writing with confidence and excitement regarding Roy Epstein’s candidacy for Belmont selectman.
I have had the privilege of knowing Roy since 2001. During this time, I have been impressed and encouraged by Roy’s experience and commitment to town business. Roy has been involved in town government for many years, and combined with his professional experience as a PhD economist, he has offered effective “common sense” solutions to pressing town issues. His work devising the targeted renovation approach that reduced the cost of the DPW and police station projects by tens of millions of dollars is only one example of this.
Roy has a proven track record and that is essential as we embark on many new town initiatives. As warrant committee chair, he led the committee to a unanimous vote in favor of the high school debt exclusion.
Roy is committed to maintaining Belmont schools as a model of excellence. He understands the need to maintain sound infrastructure and meeting climate action goals. He has demonstrated his support of promoting diversity in our community as demonstrated by his work on the search committees for the town administrator and town accountant. He understands the importance of protecting the multigenerational character of our town.
Most importantly, Roy has a vision for our community and has demonstrated his work ethos to maintaining Belmont as a wonderful place to live.
I hope you join me in supporting Roy Epstein for town selectman on April 2.
Susan Gonzalez, Willow Street
Belmont needs a proven leader
I write in support of Roy Epstein’s candidacy for Belmont’s Board of Selectmen.
The April 2 election will define Belmont for generations to come. We must successfully complete multiple major projects, including the $300MM high school, the police station and DPW buildings, the Alexander Avenue underpass, and the Community Path. These projects will literally reshape our Town.
Belmont’s Selectmen are responsible for the Town’s operating budget and capital decisions. There is no easy on-ramp. They must hit the ground running on day one.
Belmont needs a proven leader with financial and regulatory expertise in order to maintain school funding, repair streets and sidewalks, plan new projects, and ensure public safety, including hiring a new police chief when Chief McLaughlin retires. Roy Epstein is that leader.
Among Roy’s most significant achievements are serving on the committee that sited the new electrical substation (generating $12MM in revenue for Belmont) and the committee that generated plans to renovate rather than rebuild the police station (saving up to $22MM). He chaired the Net Metering Working Group that paved the way for the Belmont solarization campaign. Roy also served on the search committee that hired Town Administrator Patrice Garvin, another exceptional leader who has strengthened Belmont.
Roy currently chairs the Warrant Committee, which advises Town Meeting on fiscal matters. As a member of the Warrant Committee, I have witnessed first-hand Roy’s dedication to Belmont, his impressive analytical skills, and his data-driven approach to decision-making and creative problem-solving.
Roy has a broad coalition of supporters who share the common goal of preserving our beautiful Town. Regardless of race, creed, gender, or political affiliation, we enthusiastically embrace Roy’s leadership and experience. I urge Belmont to vote for Roy Epstein for Selectman.
Elizabeth Harmer Dionne, Wellesley Road, Town Meeting, Precinct 2, Treasurer, Committee to Elect Roy Epstein
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