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Chelmsford's In-Town Report
October 3 2010
Chelmsford's In-Town Report
October 3 2010

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Campaign2010,threevieforopenselectmanseatCampaign 2010, three vie for open selectman seat
By Monica Jimenez/ staff writerGateHouse News Service
http://www.wickedlocal.com/chelmsford/features/x1380099369/Campaign-2010-three-vie-for-open-selectman-seat?img=1
Sep 23, 2010Chelmsford —Jim LaneJim Lane has been negotiating large-scale contracts as the regional vice president of EMCOR, which has more than 300 employees and a multi-million dollar budget, for more than 25 years. For the past four years, he has volunteered with town boards such as the Planning Board and theMaster Plan Committee. Lane said he believes these experiences will help him as town selectman.
Over the last 19 months, I’ve made a comprehensive review of every section of the town,Over the last 19 months, I’ve made a comprehensive review of every section of the town,
” Lane said. “
I understand, study,I understand, study,live by and enforce zoning bylaws.live by and enforce zoning bylaws.
Lane is particularly interested in being elected so he can link the Master Plan Committee’s efforts with the work of the Board of Selectmen. Hesaid the lengthy Master Plan document is often forgotten although it contains concepts the selectmen should know about.Lane also plans to advocate more transparency in town government and better coordination and communication between Chelmsford’s inde-pendent boards. He said as selectman, he will look into setting up a joint annual meeting for all the town’s boards to make reports and shareideas.Although Lane intended to run in the regular election next spring, he said he decided to run in November’s special election because the townneeds a selectman with the appropriate background now. He has already started going door to door.
You find out a lot from a doorstep conversation: what people like, what they don’t like,You find out a lot from a doorstep conversation: what people like, what they don’t like,
” Lane said. “
I plan to do a lot of I plan to do a lot of footwork and wear out the soles of my shoes.footwork and wear out the soles of my shoes.
Pat WojtasPat Wojtas, who previously sat on the Board of Selectmen, planned to run in the regular February election but chose to run earlier in the specialelection so she could get involved more quickly. Since losing her seat last spring, Wojtas has continued with municipal volunteering, serving inpositions like representative to the North Middlesex and Lowell Transit Authority.The transition back onto the board will not be difficult, Wojtas said, given she knows what issues Chelmsford faces. She added a candidate withpast experience as a selectman is particularly valuable because all the members of the current board are relatively new.
I’ve been through these processes on a regular basis,I’ve been through these processes on a regular basis,
” Wojtas said of a selectman’s duties.
I can bring that immediately to the board.I can bring that immediately to the board.
Self-employed as a technology consultant, Wojtas said she has the flexibility to be available during the day as well as for evening meetings.Although Wojtas said she is still considering what issues she might bring to the forum, one she definitely plans to address is property tax relieffor residents.
The real estate tax can be a burden especially on families and seniors on a fixed income,The real estate tax can be a burden especially on families and seniors on a fixed income,
” Wojtas said. “
The town could The town could come up with a more creative solution to raise revenue.come up with a more creative solution to raise revenue.
Wojtas will have a campaign party on Oct. 1 at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts and intends to make calls and attend events as November ap-proaches. She said she looks forward to the campaign and the election.Jerry LoewJerry Loew said his reasons for running include concerns about the local school system, particularly increasing class sizes, lack of proper fund-ing and the impending departure of the superintendent.Loew also wants to address the unregulated development happening in Chelmsford. He said as selectman, he would look into some zoning by-laws he believes are not written well and change the way town officials are responsible to the public.In Chelmsford, Loew said, resident are not involved enough in government and often speak up when it’s too late. He suggested the town coulddevise an early warning system to alert residents to important town matters in a timely fashion, perhaps via the Internet. Loew said representa-tives and a committee of concerned citizens could contribute.
The town is at a flash point,The town is at a flash point,
” Loew said. “
It can either become just another mall suburb, or it can retain its character It can either become just another mall suburb, or it can retain its character 
.”That character is the reason he moved here 14 years ago, Loew said, and is in danger of evaporating. Rather than move, Loew wants to seewhat he can do as a selectman. He said he would have run in the regular election if this opportunity hadn’t come up.Loew said other candidates for the position have ties and special interests that could affect their ability to be objective, while he does not. Addi-tionally, as an operations manager for Oracle, Loew said he has done work with government contracts and predicted his background in
legalese legalese 
” would carry over well to the board of selectmen.
Copyright 2010 Chelmsford Independent. Some rights reserved
 
SelectmanCandidatesHopeToGainVisibilitySelectman Candidates Hope To Gain Visibility
With only six weeks to go until election day, selectman candidates are turning up the heat.With only six weeks to go until election day, selectman candidates are turning up the heat.
By Krista Perry | ChelmsfordPatch | 9/26/10
www.chelmsford.patch.comwww.chelmsford.patch.com
Withonly six weeks to go until Nov. 2 and a large voter turnout expected, selectman candidates say they'll do theirbest to be visible around town in an effort to reach every voter possible.The special election for the selectman seat comes as Sean Scanlon resigned this summer for work-related rea-sons. Selectmen agreed to hold the special election on Nov. 2, the same day as the state election, to save thetown money.But with tensions running high in the fall state election and more and more voters heading to the polls, the candi-dates acknowledge it'll take work to get the word out.Candidate Pat Wojtas said she'll be working hard for every vote in the coming weeks."
I'll work as hard as I can for every vote,I'll work as hard as I can for every vote,
" she said. "
Every vote is important.Every vote is important.
"Still, Wojtas said, there will be separate ballot for the selectman seat election and the number of voters who pullstate ballots could differ from the number of voters who pull the town ballot."
The voter has an option we don't know that (turn out will be high) for certain, though you'd ex The voter has an option we don't know that (turn out will be high) for certain, though you'd ex pect that,pect that,
" she said. "
We'll have to see how it turns out.We'll have to see how it turns out.
"Wojtas said she hopes everyone becomes engaged in the selectman race in the coming weeks."
Everyone should become aware of where the candidates' stand and make an informed deici Everyone should become aware of where the candidates' stand and make an informed deici sion,sion,
" she said. "
I hope we have a good turnout.I hope we have a good turnout.
"Wojtas said she's feeling confident going into election day."
It's been good for me, I'm feeling good with six weeks to go and I'm going to be working hard It's been good for me, I'm feeling good with six weeks to go and I'm going to be working hard every day in that six weeks,every day in that six weeks,
" she said.Candidate Jim Lane said he'll reach more voters by being very visible and accessible in the next six weeks."
(I'll be) reaching out to as many residents as possible, just as I would if the election was being (I'll be) reaching out to as many residents as possible, just as I would if the election was being held in April,held in April,
" he said. "
The voters of Chelmsford are very well informed so they will be aware of The voters of Chelmsford are very well informed so they will be aware of the special election. Also, the Town Clerk's office will do a very good job notifying people.the special election. Also, the Town Clerk's office will do a very good job notifying people.
"Candidate Jerry Loew said he'll do his best to get out to the audience of "
untapped untapped 
" voters."
Even in the state election, voter turnout is not good. I think people feel like their vote doesn't Even in the state election, voter turnout is not good. I think people feel like their vote doesn't matter or feel like they don't have the time. I vote in everything,matter or feel like they don't have the time. I vote in everything,
" he said.Loew said he doesn't have much money to spend on the campaign."
I don't have a committee who can do this autonomously, I'd have to do all that in a real hurry,I don't have a committee who can do this autonomously, I'd have to do all that in a real hurry,
"he said. "
It'll be hard but I'm trying to get (the word) out for free and cheaply.It'll be hard but I'm trying to get (the word) out for free and cheaply.
"Still, voters seem enthusiastic he is running, Loew said."
They see me as riding on the anti-incumbent wave and I think that's a good thing,They see me as riding on the anti-incumbent wave and I think that's a good thing,
" he said."
I'm just trying to make this a better town and (bring) families back in. That message resonates I'm just trying to make this a better town and (bring) families back in. That message resonates with people with kids.with people with kids.
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