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Precinct E Town Meeting Members

Candidates for Town Meeting from Precinct E

Each candidate for Town Meeting Member was asked to respond to the following question in 300 characters or less: What are the 3 highest priority issues facing the town? The candidates provided all responses; no editing was done by the LWVN except for style consistency.

Candidates are listed in the order they will appear on the ballot: Incumbents appear first, alphabetically, then new candidates are listed alphabetically.

TOWN MEETING MEMBER (for 3 years) Vote for 8

ROBERT R. BRAMAN, 76 Lawton Road (Candidate for re-election)
-Updating and expanding facilities for essential services such as police, fire, and schools where needed.
-Ensuring zoning law changes reduce the impact of overbuilding without stifling reasonable redevelopment.
-Prioritizing projects to minimize the need for tax override requests.

PHILIP EDWARD BRANDISH, 44 Pleasant Street (Candidate for re-election)
Educate ALL our children - Teacher support, updating facilities, no HV power lines.
Build a verdant, active community - Rosemary Pool, update building regs - value form and fit, not sq. footage.
Fiscal responsibility: support for our seniors, debt service limits, realistic employee pension plan.

THEODORE M. CROWELL, 39 Lawton Road (Candidate for re-election)
Improving the school system, public safety and infrastructure of the town.

LAWRENCE R. CUMMINGS, 27 South Street (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

PAUL J. DURDA, 149 Laurel Drive (Candidate for re-election)
No response received.

IRENE M. FRANCESCONI, 5 George Aggott Road (Candidate for re-election)
Needham's highest priorities are continuing to improve upon the high quality education, safety of our community and preservation of valuable services.

JULIE E. STEVENS, 18 George Aggott Road (Candidate for re-election)
1) Maintaining and improving our schools to the highest possible standards
2) Ensuring optimal and safe residential and commercial zoning laws
3) Keeping Needham affordable, especially for seniors and new young families

CYNTHIA J. WOLFE, 191 Fox Hill Road (Candidate for re-election)
Largest ongoing issues: fiscally responsible solutions for the challenge of maintaining our schools, public buildings, infrastructure and green space; zoning changes supported by Large House Review. Other issues: exploring full day K, affordability for seniors, retaining local business.

GRETCHEN RACHELLE COOK-ANDERSON, 276 Dedham Avenue
educational equity in Needham schools, fostering an inclusive community amidst demographic change, affordable housing across a range of household incomes

WENDY B. SILVER, 153 Livingston Circle
With a focus on fostering a diverse and welcoming community, priorities include: Roadway improvements that provide safety and access to residents of all ages; Smart zoning regulations that promote growth but also protect residents and business owners; Educational program and facility improvements.

Visit the Town's website for a current list of Town Meeting Members.