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Board of Selectmen Candidate Lea Anderson

Educational Background:  
  • B.A. Wellesley College 1973 (major: mathematics)
Experience on Town Boards: 
  • Wayland School Committee (1994 – 2003) (Served as chair multiple times, School Committee representative to the Suburban Coalition, The Education Cooperative, and the Town’s Master Plan Committee)
  • Wayland High School Building Committee, Chair (2003-2013)
  • Board of Selectmen (2015-2018), currently Chair
Other experience in Town:
  • Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund, Trustee (2011- present)
  • The First Parish in Wayland, Active member, leadership roles, currently Moderator
Professional experience:
  • Digital Equipment Corporation: (1974-1985) Finance and Marketing positions
  • Houghton Mifflin Company: (1973-1974) Editor of math textbooks
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Candidate Statement:
I am pleased to announce my candidacy for a second three-year term on Wayland’s Board of Selectmen.  My reasons for running have not changed since 2015, but my understanding of the challenges has increased significantly.  I decided to run because I care deeply about Wayland and its governance.  I know that elections matter.  I am concerned about balancing our wide range of needs and wants with a common-sense approach to paying for them.  I am committed to maintaining momentum for many worthwhile projects that have been initiated over the past several years.  I am equally committed to maintaining the tradition of excellence that has been nurtured over the decades and even centuries in our beautiful town.

I have lived in Wayland with my husband Charlie for nearly 41 years.  We raised our children, Kate and Doug, who benefitted greatly from the excellent school system.  We love the access to nature, the caring community, and the cultural and historic vibrancy that Wayland offers.

Over time I have served on the School Committee for nine years (1994 – 2003) and was Chair of the High School Building Committee for ten years (2003-2013).  I was the School Committee’s representative to the Suburban Coalition, The Education Cooperative, and the Town’s Master Plan Committee. I have served on the Board of Selectmen since 2015 and am currently Chair.

During my first term on the Board of Selectmen, the Town has moved forward in many important ways. The credit goes to the staff and volunteers who do this work:

  • Conservation restriction on 208 acres of land at Mainstone Farm
  • Progress on Central Massachusetts Rail Trail
  • Settlement agreement with 20Wayland to transfer land at Town Center to the Town
  • Provisional Construction Grant of $10.1 million on a new Library, should the Town vote to move forward
  • Solar arrays installed at 4 locations
  • Land Development Agreement for River’s Edge with Wood Partners
  • Wayland’s Aaa bond rating maintained

The biggest challenge in the next term is to improve Wayland’s management structure. The Board of Selectmen is working with the Collins Center for Public Management to improve the Town’s Financial Policies and Procedures, as well as its Financial Management Structure.

I believe that my experience, common sense, openness, and ability to see all sides of an issue will serve Wayland’s residents well.

Thank you for considering my candidacy for election to the Wayland Board of Selectmen.