Email: email@example.com Website: https://watkins4wayland.com
Town Service and Wayland Residence: 29+ Year Resident
Husband and Father of 4 Children
Vice Chair Select Board
Professional Career: Software Executive
Educational Background: University of Massachusetts BS Finance, Economics and Computer Science
I am Dave Watkins and I am running for re-election to a second consecutive term on the Wayland Select Board where I currently serve as Vice Chair.
My wife Lilly and I moved to Wayland twenty-nine years ago attracted by the small-town charm, proximity to Boston and fine schools. We raised our four children here and proudly call Wayland home. Over the years it has been a privilege to give back to the community and share my experience in organizational management, finance, and human resource management acquired from successful entrepreneurial business ventures. I stand ready to continue my work moving Wayland forward with a clear blueprint for an effective town government structure under the new Town Manager form of government.
Prior to joining the Select Board, I served on the Finance Committee for six years (two years as its Chair). Before that, I was a member of the Economic Development Committee for three years. Each of those appointments provided significant insight into what works in our town government, and what we can do better from an operational and long-term planning perspective.
I know that like other Aaa bond-rated towns, Wayland needs a long-term strategic plan that anticipates needs, manages timing for expensive capital projects, systematizes priorities, and plans for funding large, new initiatives. Wayland cannot afford to allow the continuation of an outdated practice that supports one-off capital decisions based only on today’s inclinations. We need a prudently managed financial game plan for necessary municipal facilities and services for ALL segments of our population.
In the absence of an organized approach to capital and facilities planning, over the past ten years, on average, Wayland’s taxes increased by 40% (and will continue on that upward trajectory) while over the same period, total inflation in the United States was 25.7%. I will continue to lead the other members of the Select Board in working together toward a more organized approach for managing year-over-year spending increases.
Some accomplishments during my current term on the Select Board:
I support transparency when governing, professional presentation of the facts and issues, prudent decision-making and respect for our neighbors. I know that the best results are obtained from encouraging vigorous discussion of issues and listening to diverse opinions.
I have consistently worked in the best interests of the entire community and am committed to finishing the many initiatives begun during my first term in office. With your support and vote we can fulfill those promises. I ask for your vote on or before April 25 to continue working for you.
For more detailed information on accomplishments so far, the issues, and what’s next, please visit https://www.Watkins4Wayland.com.