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Get to Know: Cynthia Walsh, Candidate for Stoughton Board of Selectmen

Stoughton Board of Selectmen candidates answer a Stoughton Patch questionnaire. The Town Election is Tuesday, April 10.

In an effort to give residents a last chance to hear from the candidates before the April 10 Town Election, Stoughton Patch sent a questionnaire to each of the candidates running in a contested race.

The questions are printed as they were presented to the candidates and their answers are printed as they were received (unedited).

The following responses are from Board of Selectmen Candidate Cynthia Walsh:

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  • Background information (how long you've served or your prior service on various town boards) and any other pertinent info you would like readers to know about you.

I have lived in Stoughton since 1948. I attended Stoughton schools, graduating in 1965. I graduated from Bridgewater State College in 1969. I taught at the Edwin A. Jones School from 1969 to 1999.

I have served on boards and/or committees since 1978. I served as a Selectman from 1980-1982. I serve currently as a Selectman and as a town meeting representative from precinct 2. I am a member of the Cedar Hill Golf Course Operations Committee, Stoughton Reads Together Committee, Veterans Memorial Square Committee, Town Code Publication Committee, and the Stoughton Woman’s Club.

I volunteer at the library, leading its monthly book discussion group. I also volunteer at Party All Night Long on graduation night. I fund a scholarship each year for a graduating Stoughton High School Student.

  • Why are you running for this position?

I am running to continue bringing my knowledge of the town’s history and its government to bear on today’s problems. I have a common sense approach and am aware that the average taxpayer does not have unlimited resources.

  • What separates you from your opponents? Why should residents vote for you?

Please reread my previous two answers.

  • What is the most important issue facing the town?

The most important issue facing every town, including Stoughton, is how to provide the services people expect within the budget the townspeople can afford. One selectman can’t do this alone. It requires the cooperation of the various boards and town meeting.

  • What is your take on the procurement issue between the town and the schools? How can the relationship between the town side and schools be improved in general?

It appears this issue has been resolved as of Monday, April 2. Cooler heads have prevailed. Nobody likes change. It takes education and calm leadership to implement it. If there are bumps in the road from this point on, I believe face-to-face conversation is better than a flurry of e-mails and press releases.

  • What should the Board of Selectmen (and the town) be looking for in a Town Manager?

I hope the next Town Manager will be an experienced town manager. Stoughton is no place for on-the-job training. Government is complicated. The ability to listen, be patient, and compromise are the attributes I’d like to see. A knowledge of budgeting is very important. The town manager has to inspire trust. He/She represents the town, especially before the body that decides where the money goes—Town Meeting.

Todd Nelson January 30, 2013 at 04:32 AM
Has the town of stoughton, ma held any meetings as to when, where, will there be one in our county why not here? Lot going on but are there time limits to when one will open. Let us take tis on,we have had a lot of tough town activity. Is this gonna be our tax win. I myself recently had used marijuana a day after therapy was here, next morning of pain came so I had coffee, then I will tell you some med I take in morning just as I do everyday pain med inflamation med asprin some others. Well my surprize the next morning after not being able to move I slid my leg to the side then up and down again. I tried and managed to carefully walk to kichen and back. Please some help me with this. zzplin@aol.com
Todd Nelson January 30, 2013 at 05:01 AM
budget well lets have a town vote and see who wants to see us gain "all that money" out of their hands of crime. It has been decriminalized and I don't see anyone who doesn't believe we have more to gain. Right now it is costing us while lords get richer. I believe with pipeline our own oil and now this growth , strong rope, medicines. Please Cynthia Walsh stand up for the U.S. and your town you love. might take someone with your fortitude can do this. all standing beside you as you speak out at town meeting. if you could have saw my eyes when after lke 2 hits I slid then lifted my leg 4 days at the most out of knee replacement. No video batteries all dead,aug27 2009 I almost died my boat sank. I just want all to understand it helped me. Please help a lot more of us with this. Todd Nelson has live here in stoughton since 1994 work many a jobs finally with the New York Times as a Pressman. I more than one issue with my back, but the lower middle disk is fuzing the pain out of me. So I have great team working with me including my primary Dr Lisa Sweeney at 15 Roche Bros. Way Stoughton and Easton pain says goodnight and Thankyou

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