Anne Marie Stronach has announced she will not be seeking a third term to the Tewksbury Board of Selectmen.
First elected in 2007, Stronach said she doesn't feel she can make the commitment needed to serve the community for another three-year term.
Stronach made the announcement at the conclusion of the board's meeting on Nov. 27. She said she was making the announcement at an early date to give potential candidates as much time as possible to consider running in 2013.
"It is my hope that by announcing this tonight, other residents will consider the opportunity to represent our residents as it is an incredibly rewarding and positive experience," she said. "I would encourage anyone who has the drive or the ability to lead us forward, add this to their life experiences. I want to especially encourage woman to participate as I believe they bring a balance to the board."
One candidate ready to enter the race is Jim Wentworth. A former member of the Economic Development Committee who has been involved in the campaigns of School Committee Chair Krissy Polimeno and Selectman Scott Wilson, Wentworth said he intends to take out nomination papers in January.
"I was surprised to hear that Anne Marie was not going to be running for reelection to the Board of Selectman but I know that she will remain heavily involved in helping to move Tewksbury forward in the great direction that we are heading," said Wentworth. "There is no doubt that Anne Marie will continue to be a great asset to our community."
Selectman Todd Johnson is also up for re-election in the 2013 Municipal Election. Johnson has said he does intend to run for a third term.
Stronach's decision not to seek re-election caught some of her colleagues off guard.
"I was certainly surprised by the news but completely understand and respect her decision," said Selectman Scott Wilson. "Anne Marie has worked hard over the last six years which were a difficult time in Tewksbury. Her passion and energy will be missed though I expect her to remain involved and working hard for the residents of Tewksbury."
"Anne Marie does spread herself thin. But as a result, the Selectmen receive regular direct report on areas of the town that otherwise would not have reports on their events brought directly to the Selectmen," said Selectman Doug Sears. "For this and for many other good works, her participation will sorely be missed come next April."
"Anne Marie Stronach is a tremendous asset to the Tewksbury Board of Selectmen and an even greater asset to the town," said Board Chairman David Gay. "Her dedication to making Tewksbury a better community for all residents will be sorely missed."
Stronach's complete statement follows:
I have spent the last several months in a very reflective mode pondering the past and the future; both the town’s and my own.
It is hard for me to believe that 5 ½ years have passed since I became a member of the BOS. It seems like yesterday that I was honored and humbled to be given a seat at the table by the community. I believe I have upheld my original commitment to work tirelessly for the best interest of the ENTIRE community, be fiscally responsible and serve with integrity.
Like Selectman who came before me, and like Selectman of the future; difficult choices, unpopular with some, have to be made. In my opinion, to be prepared to make these difficult decisions,
- a member must be open to other’s voices and opinions;
- work to analyze the issue and research the data
- refraining from doing creative math –
- and of course ask questions; aspiring towards TOTAL transparency.
Transparency – in my mind – is our greatest responsibility. This process takes time, dedication and 100% commitment, often taking away from other personal priorities.
Serving in this capacity has been a labor of love, but unfortunately for me, at this point in my life, I feel I am unable to commit and serve at a level the Citizens of Tewksbury deserve for the next three years. Therefore, with heartfelt regret, I will not seek re-election. However, be assured, I will continue to be an active advocate for our town as a resident.
It is my hope that by announcing this tonight, other residents will consider the opportunity to represent our residents as it is an incredibly rewarding and positive experience. I would encourage anyone who has the drive or the ability to lead us forward; add this to their life experiences. I want to especially encourage woman to participate as I believe they bring a balance to the board.
Lastly, I want to assure my colleagues, the town manager, and the community that I intend to continue to work diligently until my term ends in April.