This year, Upton voters are fortunate in having a choice between two candidates running for selectman . Both men are committed to public service in their personal lives and enthusiastic about serving the community as a Board member.
On careful examination, however, it seems clear that Ken Picard has by far the most experience for that position, having served several years on the Board of Selectmen and Planning Board. His experience gives him a deep insight into all of the town’s functions, needs and priorities, and provides an invaluable base for the task of selectman.
Ken’s record demonstrates his strong support for all Town Services including the Mendon-Upton Regional School District and BVT. Ken is a proponent of last year’s override and wrote several letters to the community urging a “yes” vote while his opponent, Gary Daugherty, said he “reluctantly” supported the override. Ken’s understanding of how all town services would have been adversely impacted if the overide were to have failed is important to note.
Transparency and providing information to the voter is important to Ken. He has written several open letters to the community as a way to get information out, to explain what is happening, why, and the impact. He implemented a monthly BOS newsletter to keep voters in the loop and he has worked to have Upton listed on cleargov.com/massachusetts where the state shares Upton’s financial history and allows residents to compare Upton to similar communities.
He understands the burden on taxpayers of living in a bedroom community and has been diligent in his effort to keep taxes down. He was involved in the implementation of regionalizing services which lowers the cost without losing the quality.
What impresses me most about Ken is his drive to be a leader that is honest and his desire to create a positive impact on the community. He is truly a man with integrity who uses his energy and commitment for the benefit of all Upton citizens.
Ken always puts the community first. This year he was the driving force behind creating Upton’s Opioid Task Force to help citizens with the opioid epidemic. He saw a gap and filled it, he understands how critical the issue is to the health and safety of our community.
It is obvious that Ken truly loves our town and gives himself to help improve our community. I hope you join me in supporting Ken.