Political action committee Natick Forever yesterday announced its endorsements for contested races in Natick's annual election on March 29. The group has endorsed Carol Gloff and Nick Mabardy for the two open seats on Board of Selectmen, and Jeanne Williamson Ostroff and Charlene Foss for Natick Housing Authority board.
The following is a from a Natick Forever press release.
BOARD OF SELECTMEN:
Two seats available
Mr. Nicholas Mabardy and Ms. Carol Gloff
Mr. Mabardy has served Natick’s residents for more that 40 years as a respected member of the Natick Police Department. He began his police career as a beat officer and has progressed up the ranks to his current position as Natick’s Chief of Police. He has also been a member of the military, a Natick Town Meeting Member, and has been a volunteer for various social services and fraternal organizations.
As a home-grown life-long resident of Natick, he has a clear understanding of the issues that face Natick’s residents. As such, not only will Mr. Mabardy bring his unique views to the Board of Selectmen, but he will also be in position to continue to reach out to the constituency of retiring Selectmen, John Connolly.
Mr. Mabardy is a true gentleman and due to his respectful nature, he has often been referred to as the “the most polite man in Natick”. However, do not let his gentle demeanor fool you. Mr. Mabardy has clearly shown his ability to be tough when the time calls for it. He has demonstrated this many times while representing the police department, and other matters, before the various town boards and committees.
Using his own words, he is dedicated to “do the right thing” for the citizens of Natick.
Mr. Mabardy is a gentleman and a true statesman. The fact that he has decided to continue to serve Natick, after his retirement as Chief of Police, demonstrates his true devotion to the welfare of Natick. He has earned our vote.
Ms. Gloff, the incumbent, is seeking her third term on the Board of Selectmen. She has served the Town of Natick in the capacity of the Chairperson of the Board as well. Being a member of the Board of Selectmen does not completely represent all the service and time that she has devoted to the residents of Natick.
Ms. Gloff has been a member of Natick’s representative Town Meeting. She was a member of the Natick Finance Committee for 9 years. During her tenure on the Finance Committee, she served as its Secretary and also as its Vice Chairperson. Ms. Gloff has also been appointed to various subcommittees involving Budget Planning, Public Works and Public Safety.
Ms. Gloff can be reserved at times, but that is often due to the fact that she is known for weighing both sides of an issue. When her mind is made up, she clearly explains the rationale for her decision. Once given the task, she works diligently to see to it that the issue is addressed to its fullest.
Ms. Gloff’s vast knowledge of the governmental operations of Natick is invaluable. She is a resource that the Board of Selectmen should not lose. She has earned our vote.
Mr. Edward (Ted) Wynne has served Natick in various capacities. His most recent service was as a member of the Natick School Committee.
Both the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee have the responsibility to set policy for matters pertaining to different areas of Natick’s government. The Board of Selectmen is responsible for policy matters concerning the operations of the town. The School Committee is charged with the task of making policy decision pertaining to the school system.
Although Natick Forever realizes the importance of cooperation between the town boards and committees, an actual overlap of membership of the Board of Selectmen and School Committee is not currently the best route for Natick
Mr. Wynne is a well educated gentleman and true family man. Although we believe that he will continue to stay active in Natick’s political scene, we do not believe that he would be a proper fit for the Board of Selectmen at this time. .
It is difficult to form and opinion of Dr. Lawrence Delaney, the fourth candidate for the Board of Selectmen. He was unable to attend Natick Forever’s Selectmen Candidate Debate, and did not reply to our offers that he submit a summation of his views on becoming a member of the Board of Selectmen. No further comment can be made regarding his candidacy.
In the other contested races, Natick Forever gives the nod to:
Recreation and Parks Commission
Michael Fair (Incumbent)
John Griffith (Incumbent)
Natick Housing Authority Five year Term
Natick Housing Authority 2 year term
Jeanne Williamson Ostroff
Chairman, Natick Forever