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Selectman Candidate Cherry Karlson

I am pleased to announce my candidacy for reelection to the Wayland Board of Selectmen.  In 2014, I was honored to be elected after taking the big step of running for office for the first time.  After serving on the Finance Committee for 11 years and before that six years volunteering for various other town government and PTO positions, I wanted to bring that experience to the role of Selectman.  I find that three years later, while together we have accomplished many, many things, I am eager to continue in this role as there are still several important projects I would like to see completed with your help.  And most importantly, I want to continue in this role because I care about Wayland and its residents and how we conduct the business of our town.

In the next three years, I am committed to continue the town’s work on improving the efficiency and efficacy of town meeting, see the municipal parcel at town center become a focal point of activity for the benefit of the community, work to implement the results of our consultants’ recommendations to leverage our affordable housing options, and, using a state grant, to support our already strong financial position with policies and practices in line with the most recent best financial practices.

This past year, we achieved significant milestones with some important projects – and we have more work to do on others.  Collaborating with the Energy Advisory Committee, we completed four solar installations which are projected to provide savings equivalent to 25% of the town’s electric power usage.   Now we are working on a project to replace our streetlights with LED lights further reducing our energy costs and improving lighting and safety.  The Rail Trail is becoming a reality with part of it open and used by many residents and the remainder slated for completion later this calendar year.  As voted by town meeting, we are negotiating a Land Disposition Agreement with the developer of River’s Edge on Rt 20 which will bring much needed rental units to our housing mix while adding affordable and senior units.  We need to stay focused on the long-term goal of providing planned affordable housing rather than solely relying on individual 40B developments brought forth throughout town.  The Board has just completed a series of Listening Sessions with residents, and the soon to be completed report is anticipated to bring new ideas and perspectives from participating residents. Our role and goal will be to use that information to improve services for all residents.

Even after my years of volunteering for Wayland in various capacities, I found I had a lot to learn to be effective on the Board of Selectmen.  Wayland’s unique and flat government structure requires good communication, an understanding of the many departmental and committee roles and responsibilities, and lots of collaboration to accomplish our work.  The Selectmen lead the town through their tone, their approach and their frequent involvement with many committees, task forces, groups and community members.  I believe that by listening to residents, understanding the process of our local government, being fair and fact-based, and, above all working hard, I have earned the respect of many residents and staff.  While we may not always agree, you know that I always give careful consideration and thought to every step in the process before voting.

I ask for your vote on March 28th so that I can continue to work hard for Wayland – for our community, for your family and for mine.

Cherry Karlson

website:  votecherrykarlson.com