Wow, what a day! Actually, what a past few years!! The hard work and tireless passion for our Town has paid off with three victories tonight. Congratulations to Tom Boussy, Caroline Colarusso and Larry Means!!
Today marks a huge leap forward with the continued work of Larry Means as Town Moderator and the addition of Caroline Colarusso as Selectman. Tonight I’m even prouder to be a part of the Stoneham community.
Personally Tom Boussy has my vote. Three years ago Tom stepped forward as a complete unknown. Tom questioned why we weren’t doing better as a community, why our services were decreasing and our fees increasing. In three short years Tom brought unprecedented reform, budget transparency, and innovation to Stoneham. I would like to see our community continue in this direction.
Ann Marie’s thoughts on Larry:
The Moderator is another important, contested position up for election. The Moderator presides over Town Meetings, is required to keep order, and have an intimate understanding of Robert’s Rules of Order – the practice Stoneham abides by during Town Meeting. In addition the Moderator appoints members to the Finance and Advisory Board and the Bike Committee. Current Town Moderator, Larry Means, was the only candidate to show up for this portion of the Candidate Forum. I have seen Larry keep order during meetings that were spirited. He is fair, respectful and understands the format to which our town subscribes. Larry has my vote!
Tonight were the Stoneham Town Moderator and Stoneham Board of Selectmen candidates’ live televised forums at Stoneham TV. I plan on writing about the contents in the coming days, but for starters I want to focus on one thing: No Shows.
Seriously. Nothing says “I don’t care about or have any respect for the Stoneham community” than not showing up to make your case for why we, the residents of Stoneham, should vote for you.
Let’s start with the Town Moderator forum:
Larry Means already had my vote during last year’s Town Meeting workshop, co-hosted by Tom Boussy and Larry Means. Moderator Means and Selectman Boussy worked hard to ensure all residents had the opportunity to understand exactly how the Town Meeting process worked, thus providing us all with everything we needed to be able to effectively and properly participate.
Larry Means’ challenger, F. John Carino gave us this:
Next we have the Board of Selectmen candidates:
Quite frankly, given what I shared not long ago about Selectman Bob Sweeney’s lovely conduct, his no-show at tonight’s forum is consistent with his inability to actually show up to most Board of Selectmen meetings in general. The silence and absence of Robert Sweeney is almost deafening, next to actually yelling “I don’t care about Stoneham.” (But yelling actually requires effort.)
I thought I recognized Sweeney in a debate against Clint Eastwood a few years back…