We asked the three candidates for Board of Health the same five questions to give voters a look into why they are running and what they would hope to achieve on the board.
Here we have the answers from candidate Gayle DaMore:
1: Why are you seeking to be elected or re-elected to this position?
A: I have been a resident of Burlington since 2001 and have been involved in the community through different ways ever since. I have volunteered with my children’s schools and sports teams in various capacities, have helped with fundraising for various events/ boards around town and have worked with the BHS Health Education department to strategize and implement the development of the elementary health education program. And most recently I have been a Town Meeting Member (precinct 6) since 2019. Running for the Board of Health seems like a logical step forward to be able to serve my community in a broader capacity.
2: What experience do you have that makes you a good candidate?
A: I feel that my professional background fits well within the realm of responsibilities the Board of Health is charged with. Professionally, I am a middle school Health Educator with over 15 year experience, hold a Masters in Education from Cambridge College and recently earned a Teacher Leadership Certificate from Salem State. I also am a current board member on the Community Impact Team (CIT)~ Youth Substance Awareness Coalition in North Reading.
3: What character traits/strengths do you possess that makes you a good candidate?
A: I have many years of experience working with the public though many different capacities; a public middle school Health Educator, as well as serving as a board member on the North Reading Community Impact Team (CIT) ~ Youth Substance Awareness Prevention. My recently earned Teacher Leadership Certificate from Salem State has allowed me to transition from being a great individual contributor to becoming more of a team leader/contributor. I am an organized, thoughtful, knowledgeable person who works to get things done.
4: What issues do you think are the most pressing facing the board/committee you are running for and what do you think should be done to address them?
A: I see the role of the Board of Health as already working collaboratively with each other as well as the other town entities. For example, the BOH already works in conjunction with the Planning Board to protect the town from any controversial chemicals that may come along with the Life Science companies moving into our town. I am excited about all the Life Science companies coming into Burlignton, but see the BOH’s role in helping to implement that while staying true to the mission of protecting, promoting and preparing the community!
5: Candidate’s Own Question and Answer: How do you see yourself fitting into the Board of Health and the current members?
A: I see myself stepping and working with the current board members to continue the good work the Board already accomplishes year to year. I will strive to uphold the mission of protecting, promoting and preparing the community for whatever comes before us.