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Planning Board Virtual Debate: The Candidates Share Their Qualifications And Experience

Apr 09, 2015 09:50AM ● By Bill Gilman

Planning Board Candidates George Ferdinand and Keith Anderson.

The Tewksbury Municipal Election is Saturday, April 11. The only contested race on the ballot is for one five-year term on the Planning Board between George Ferdinand and Keith Anderson.
Neither candidate has held elected position in Tewksbury previously.
To help inform voters, Your Tewksbury Today asked the candidates a series of questions related to planning and development in Tewksbury. We are publishing their answers in a series of four articles this week.
This is the fourth in that series of four articles. Links to the others can be found at the bottom of this story.
Question 4 -- What personal traits or experience do you have that would make you an effective member of the Planning Board.

Obviously, asking those that I have represented and/or those that I have worked with in management or people that know me would answer this question best. But being subjective, I would say the art of negotiations, problem solving and compromise with common sense. Otherwise, determination and I still believe that one or a few person(s) with a vision and passion can and do make a difference. And with these, I will strive to do my best if elected.

I'm a 2nd generation Anderson living, raising family, working in "The Town Of Tewksbury," knowing the total landscape of Tewksbury, its residents, its needs and wants in moving Tewksbury forward for the next generation.
I'm involved in town meetings, attend board meetings, vote in all elections, promote The Town Of Tewksbury in a positive manner to all i have contact with. 
As a career firefighter of 34 years with the City of Nashua, rising though the ranks to retire at the rank of Assistant Chief with 165 members under my command, working with a budget of $14 million, with management , leadership, decision making responsibility.
I'm an objective listener, working with a Mayor , aldermen and all boards of a City of 100,000 residents and 35 square miles of land.
These are all traits needed as to an elected official to work with many, listen to all and make decisions, all in the best interest for The Town Tewksbury.  

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