Town of Burlington Planning Director Kristin Kassner announced at the September 15th Planning Board meeting her decision to step away from the position.
Having recently won in the Primary, Kassner is running as the Democratic candidate in the general election for the Massachusetts House of Representatives representing the 2nd Essex District against incumbent Republican Leonard Mirra. She is leaving to dedicate herself full-time to the race. Kassner’s last day was Friday, September 16th and shared fond words for Burlington in a bittersweet letter to the town.
“Professionally, I have grown up in Burlington and it has been a wonderful and wild ride. I have learned a tremendous amount and hopefully set the building blocks for a prosperous and bright future for the Town. Since the construction of the highways Burlington has made important and intentional strategic decisions that have brought us to where we are today. I am honored to have been here for the last two decades of milestones, honored to have worked with so many in town and proud of what we accomplished together,” the letter continues. “The Board, Town staff, Town Meeting Members, involved residents and business leaders have become my extended family. I have learned so much from all of you and will cherish these relationships. Thank you for supporting planning, the department and us personally as we have navigated through ups and downs and life changes.”
Kassner will not be completely done until January and will be at the town offices on Tuesdays to ensure a smooth transition for the Planning Department.
All of us here at BCAT wish Kristin the best of luck in the upcoming election and in all of her future endeavors.