My name is Richard Simmarano and I am running for the Board of Selectmen.

 I grew up in West Boylston and went to school here, playing on the track & field and football teams and participating in school productions and chorus.

I then served 8 years in the Army National Guard and studied criminal justice. After working for Fallon Clinic for 13 years, I am currently an independent IT contractor for Comcast and other various communications companies. I have also been a mobile disc jockey for 30 years.

I have been active in local affairs for nearly twenty years. Some of that involvement includes: Town wide planning board, Public Access board member (WBPA) and PEG coordinator, Cable Advisory Board, Superintendent of Schools search committee,  and hosted local show “Community Matters”, interviewing town officials and local people about who they are and what they do for West Boylston.

I have built a good relationship with the superintendent and have worked well with the two previous town administrators. I am also a member of Post 204, Freedom Worship Center, and am active with the Council on Aging.

West Boylston is a great town but we can do better. We should always strive to do better – as individuals, as a town, and as elected officials.

As good as West Boylston is, there are issues I believe need to be addressed in an open, transparent, and honest way; to find solutions to root problems, so West Boylston can reach its full potential. Discussion followed by action!

Two core issues involve population. By an independent study, WB’s total population is expected to decrease almost 10% over the next decade, and the MA Dept of Education reports our student population has dropped 22% since school year 2004-05. By comparison, Leicester and Millbury also have declining school populations. Worcester lost 4,600 jobs last year.

We deserve better than the trends that put property values at risk. It’s heartbreaking that many residents and businesses feel West Boylston has lost its appeal. These issues and others, including fiscal restraint/ economic growth, affordability, sewers, cemetery space, and town symbols, must be dealt with openly and honestly, however tough the task might be at times. The heart of my platform is transparency, communication, and resolve; and I expect you to hold me accountable to my words and actions.

I believe in transparency because you deserve to be informed, not spun. Unbiased, documented information coupled with common sense is the foundation of lasting solutions. There needs to be better communication between boards and committees, from them to citizens, and a better job at presenting town interests to our state representatives and other authorities. We need to have the resolve to accomplish, not just discuss or accept the status quo. What is right is right.

As Vince Lombardi said, “perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”

I humbly and respectfully ask for your vote June 4th, 2019, so, together, we can catch excellence.