Sunday, April 7, 2013
2013 Tewksbury Municipal Election Board of Selectmen Results
A six-person race that looked to have developed into a four-man battle through the last few weeks of the campaign, turned into a two-man runaway on Election Night 2013. Incumbent Todd Johnson and challenger Jim Wentworth easily topped the field on Saturday to claim the two available seats on the Tewksbury Board of Selectmen. Johnson easily won a third tern on the board with 1,624 votes. Wentworth was second with 1,449. Rick Menard, who had campaigned heavily on public safety issues, especially keeping the South Fire Station open, was a distant third with 597. He was followed by Ken Miano (449), Mary Ellen Fernald (384) and Bob Marcin (236). Johnson said he was grateful for the chance to continue serving on the board. "I'm honored that the …
Friday, April 5, 2013
This is the third and final part of our Q&A series with candidates for the Board of Selectmen -- incumbent Todd Johnson and challengers, Mary Ellen Fernald, Rick Menard Bob Marcin, Jim Wentworth and Ken Miano.
(Editor's note: This is the third and final part of our Q&A series with candidates for the Board of Selectmen -- incumbent Todd Johnson and challengers, Mary Ellen Fernald, Rick Menard Bob Marcin, Jim Wentworth and Ken Miano.) Question 3: Is the town being aggressive enough in pursuing companies to locate in Tewksbury and what steps would you take to bolster economic development? Our greatest opportunity to continue to grow and prosper as a town is to focus on Economic Development and increase our Commercial and Industrial tax base. We have made progress by being designated as an Economic Target Area, Green Community and being able to provide tax incentives to new business. I would like to be more aggressive in our marketing to large …
Reader says that Wentworth has inspired him with his vision.
To the Editor: A few times in my life, I have become inspired by a person whose vision, hard work, and unselfish motives are directed towards the greater good of their community. Jim Wentworth is definitely one of those individuals. In the last two years, I have had the privilege to get to know Jim personally and during this period have witnessed his passion and commitment for a better Tewksbury. His energy, enthusiasm, and unyielding positive nature are always present when he discusses his ideas to improve Tewksbury. Unlike most, Jim does more than just speak of his ideas; he puts in the required hard efforts needed to bring them to a reality. A case in point is Jim not only supported the” idea” of the new high school, he was part of a …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
This is Part 2 of a three-part Q&A with candidates for the Board of Selectmen -- incumbent Todd Johnson and challengers Ken Miano, Mary Ellen Fernald, Rick Menard, Jim Wentworth and Bob Marcin.
(Editor's note: This is Part 2 of a three-part Q&A with candidates for the Board of Selectmen -- incumbent Todd Johnson and challengers Ken Miano, Mary Ellen Fernald, Rick Menard, Jim Wentworth and Bob Marcin.) Question 2: Two-part question. How do you feel the negotiations with the Firefighters Union have been handled? Which do you believe is a higher priority – bolstering the Stabilization Fund or keeping South Station open year-round? I have managed both union and non-union facilities as well as having worked in both environments. Today, I work for a large Telecom company where I am a shop steward who also manages the day to day activities, employees, security officers, scheduling of resources and projects. Everything that happens at …
Monday, April 1, 2013
Wilson calls Wentworth a thoughtful decision maker.
Monday, April 1
To the Editor: I am writing this letter in support of Jim Wentworth and his campaign for a seat on the Tewksbury Board of Selectmen. I have had the privilege of knowing Jim for 27 years. Many will think that this deep friendship is the basis for my support, which doesn’t begin to speak to why Jim has the experience, passion and desire to help lead our community. Since 2009 when I was elected to the Board of Selectmen, Jim has been my confidant and greatest critic as we have dealt with many challenging situations in Tewksbury. Regardless of the issue, Jim’s approach has been consistent. He is brutally honest and enjoys a spirited debate as he pushes for real solutions. Jim also spends the next few days researching the issue and then…
Part 1 in a three-part Q and A with the candidates for the Board of Selectmen.
(Editor's Note: This is the first in a three-part Q and A with the six candidates running for two seats on the Board of Selectmen.) Question 1: If the Town Manager is the CEO of the Town, then the Board of Selectmen is the de facto Board of Directors. What skills/knowledge do you have to sit on the board of a $100 million company? My drive, intensity and energy, with the ability to infuse that energy into a group in order to motivate and propel it forward would be one of my greatest assets. Being a take charge person and executing against plan, is a strong part of my character. I have always had the ability to bring new ideas to the table and suggest different ways of doing things. My education and background in business as well as my …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Reader says Wentworth has a willingness to listen.
Sunday, March 31
To the Editor: Jim Wentworth deserves your vote on April 6th. If you spend a few minutes talking to Jim he will gladly share his ideas on how to improve our town. An even more compelling reason to vote for Jim is his willingness to listen. I have conversed with him on a few hot issues when we bumped into each other at the soccer field or during intermission at the school play. Jim was able to present detailed information on each issue based upon his own research, conversations with town officials, and input from other residents. He is ready to work with the current B.O.S. by bringing his ideas, his energy, and a fresh perspective to the Board. This is what he brought to the table when he joined the search committee for a new town …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
School Committee member endorses Wentworth.
Tuesday, March 26
To the Editor: I have had the opportunity to work with Jim Wentworth on a number of matters beneficial to our town, none more important than our campaign to approve the new Tewksbury Memorial High School. As a key member of the high school campaign Jim proved to be a strong and effective leader, he demonstrated all the qualities you would want in a person you entrust to lead our town. Jim Wentworth is a consummate professional, extremely bright, passionate and committed to doing what’s best for Tewksbury. I know him to be a person of the utmost honesty and integrity. I have no doubt that Jim Wentworth will be a great Selectman. Please join me in voting for Jim Wentworth for Selectman on April 6th. Thank you very much. Jamey Cutelis…
Friday, March 22, 2013
Reader says Wentworth is prepared to serve on the Board of Selectmen.
Friday, March 22
To the Editor: Jim is a friend of mine and as selectman I trust him to lead Tewksbury in the right directions. Tewksbury is a small town that cannot afford to make mistakes. Jim will act accordingly ensuring that it never happens. Jim Wentworth will operate boldly, while exercising care and caution. He loves his family, community, and working with young people. He is a good and decent man treating everyone with equal respect. We served on a Town Manager Screening Committee together and our task was to provide three candidates for the Board of Selectmen to choose from. One of the three names presented to the Board was Richard Montuori. Richard Montuori became the selectmen’s final choice. Wentworth played a key role on the screening …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Reader says Wentworth has common sense and strong leadership skills.
Thursday, March 21
To the Editor: I am writing this letter in support of Jim Wentworth and his campaign for a seat on the Tewksbury Board of Selectmen. I have known Jim for many years and what I like best about him is his enthusiasm and commitment to challenges. He has embraced our town, becoming involved in a variety of issues. Jim has constantly demonstrated an interest in meeting with people from a variety of perspectives and an ability to communicate his own thoughts and approaches. This was prevalent through his work with the new high school project as an extremely active participant in the new Tewksbury High School Community Outreach Team. He demonstrates strong leadership skills, coupled with common sense and integrity. These assets have served him …