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Stephen Francis – Candidate for Board of Selectmen

Stephen Francis – Candidate for Board of Selectmen

Woodbridge is a beautiful small New England town, rich in history and charm. Widely, we have residents who are thoughtful and considerate, many of them having lived in town for many years or who are part of multi-generational Woodbridge families.

I am proud to live in Woodbridge and admire the many talented volunteers and professional staff who serve our community with great dignity.

This is where I stand on key topics in our Town:

Zoning: Woodbridge TPZ has a serious decision before it regarding the Open Communities Alliance zoning application on Orchard Road. A vote in favor of the application will nullify the current 1.5 acre zoning standard, leading to a host of issues connected to density and the Town’s ability to control future development. Conversely, a vote opposing the application will almost certainly result in lengthy and costly litigation. I advocate opposing the pending application and taking immediate action to create a Plan of Conservation and Development which reasonably meets fair housing mandates and is satisfactory to a majority of town residents.

Country Club of Woodbridge: Commit to managing this once iconic property as open space until a referendum-based decision is made regarding its future. As part of this commitment, I support engaging a qualified independent third-party consultant with expertise in repurposing properties of this nature. The selected consultant must agree to present serious options for the future use of the property, based upon rigorous fact-based analysis, and within parameters supported by a majority of town residents.

Capital Projects: I advocate that a systematic review be performed of our current process for the prioritization, budgeting and funding of bonded projects. This review should yield a new process which provides: 1) a full vetting of each proposed project, and 2) requires a referendum on each project above a certain cost. I feel that while this process will surely require a high level of planning and public discourse, in the end our townspeople will benefit from wide agreement on the purpose and affordability of bonded projects.

Education: Our education system is vitally important to the well-being of our children and community as a whole. I acknowledge that quality education is expensive, comprising 62% of the Woodbridge preliminary FY’22 Total Budget. We have endorsed a slate of candidates for the Woodbridge and Amity Boards of Education, committed to leading superior education initiatives while prudently managing expenditures. Further, our teachers, administrators and staff are dedicated professionals who shape our future leaders. They deserve our respect and support at all times.

Police, Fire and Military: As a military family, we acknowledge our police, fire and military service members and their collective families. These are demanding and frequently dangerous jobs that take courage and balance to perform effectively. These patriots and their families deserve our heartfelt respect and support – one and all.

Thank you for your support and please vote Row B for Balance on Monday, May 3rd.

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