We asked the three candidates for Board of Selectmen 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 2-term incumbent Mike Runyan:
1: Why are you seeking to be elected or re-elected to this position?
During my time as Selectman we have brought significant policy change to a number of areas. Most notably are the Paramedic program introduced in 2020, the decision to invest in the MWRA connection and the creation of an economic development position.
These are the types of bold decisions that enhance the quality of life for our residents and there will be more challenging decisions ahead as we address the fallout of Covid 19.
I am well suited and prepared for that challenge.
2: What do you hope to accomplish in the next three years?
It is difficult to predict the future but we all agree that a new elementary school is needed and the police department desperately needs a new home. Walk ability is an important issue and we have outlined a plan to address that in our street paving program.
3: What do you think are the most pressing issues for the board over the next year?
There is no question that keeping our residents safe and supporting our local businesses will be paramount in the coming months. Maintaining services has been the number one priority of this administration. With dozens of our employees having been personally affected over the past twelve months, filling the voids without much disruption is quite remarkable and I thank them for their cooperation. Also; there is a perfect storm brewing with skyrocketing residential values and an anticipated prolonged decline in the commercial sector, a shift in the levy should be a concern for us all. We are working diligently to prepare for that scenario.
4: What makes you a strong candidate for the board?
My training and interaction within our community for over thirty years as a Firefighter and serving the town in a variety of elected positions gives me a broad sense of what the concerns are within our town. I am a good listener and that is what drives me to develop policy to address those concerns.
5: What would you say to voters to encourage them to vote for you? (open question, answer however you like).
The duties of Selectman do not end when the meetings adjourn. I believe people trust me and know me. They see me every Memorial Day and Veterans Day, they know that I organize the 4th of July events and Thursday afternoon Bingo games for our seniors. They trust me to help their children obtain merit badges for scouting or teach them how to fold an American flag (did you know that there are 13 folds). They see me at The Wish Tree or Pumpkin Patch each year and just about every child in Burlington has been given a tour of a fire truck by me. These are just some of the things I do to help make Burlington a better place. I respectfully ask for your consideration on April 10.