Endorsement: Former Selectman Throws Support Behind Johnson For Re-Election
Mar 31, 2019 05:17AM
To The Editor:
This year voters in Tewksbury have a choice when deciding who will serve on the Board of Selectmen. Having been involved in this town over the last sixteen years, I am positive that one candidate stands out this year and that is Todd Johnson.
Todd was first elected to the Board in 2007 when our town had financial difficulties, underfunded budgets, and not much of a plan to fix the problems. Since that time, Todd has provided tremendous leadership and sound fiscal management to get us where we are today. The town currently has its highest bond rating which has saved taxpayers millions of dollars. Getting a financial plan in place so we have some consistency and predictability with how the budget is built has made our town a model to communities around us.
Todd is a bold leader. He never is afraid to take a stand on an issue, which is something I appreciate. Todd is honest and not someone who makes decisions to pander or tell people what they want to hear. Todd makes decisions with one thought hanging over his head – “What is the best thing for the Town of Tewksbury?” When Todd was part of the board who chose not to extend the contract of the Town Manager (who had been in the position for over 20 years), I knew that his leadership could help Tewksbury turn the corner.
Todd never backs down from a challenge, and I personally enjoyed our spirited debates when we disagreed on issues. I have watched him lead when the board selected a new Town Manager, negotiated with the unions for a contract, handled water and sewer deficits and rising costs, built a new High School, renovated Town Hall, and countless other issues.
Todd taught me how to listen and work through differences in a professional and respectful manner. When tensions rose on the board you could always count on Todd to get the team together and get them to talk through their differences. Todd has mentored so many of us, and I know he made me a much better Selectman. I am so impressed with Todd who works tirelessly to continue moving this town forward and make it a great place to live.
When you go to the ballot box on April 6th, please cast your vote for Todd Johnson, a proven leader, who brings tremendous experience and remains committed to the residents of Tewksbury.