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Election 2016 Endorsement: Fellow Selectman Endorses Johnson For Re-Election

Mar 16, 2016 09:37AM ● By Bill Gilman

To the Editor:

I am writing to encourage my fellow residents to join me and support Todd Johnson for reelection to the Tewksbury Board of Selectmen.  Todd has served our community with distinction in his role on the Board, as well as through his long-time leadership role with the Tewksbury Food Pantry.  Over the course of my two years working closely with Todd on the Board, I have come to respect him not only for his work ethic and insight into the many difficult decisions we must confront on behalf of our fellow residents, but also for his dedication and discipline regarding the manner with which we approach the Town’s business.  During his time on the Board, Todd has had to work through difficult financial times and contentious issues in our community.  For most of his time on the Board he has served as Chair, taking a leadership role when facing challenging times.  Through those challenges, Todd has helped to lead the Board and the Town Administrative Team to significant improvements in our financial status as a community, including the establishment of a significant Stabilization Fund, implementation of responsible financial policies, and a transparent budgeting process.

While I could continue to list Todd’s significant accomplishments in service to his community, I will instead focus on his professional approach to community service.  In the end, we must elect individuals that we believe will take a serious, nuanced, and fair look at all sides of an issue when it comes before them.  Todd has demonstrated time and time again that he respects the process of governance, and all those involved.  He continues to be a steady and fair-minded leader with integrity and our community benefits greatly from his dedicated service.  I fully support his reelection to the Board of Selectmen, and ask you to join me in voting for him on April 2nd.

Bruce Panilaitis

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