ROCKLAND – The race for selectman, school committee, board of wellness and park commissioner are all contested in Rockland’s April 9 city election.
Rockland selectman candidates
There are 3 candidates for competing for two seats on the Rockland Board of Selectmen, none who have earlier held the position Lori Childs, of North Avenue, John Ellard, of Magnolia Drive and Donna M. Shortall, of Union Avenue.
Childs, a mother of four and a Woman Scout chief, mentioned she is managing as a way to give back again to the community. She served on the town’s finance committee for 3 decades.
Major challenges for her integrated taxes, drinking water and sewer. Whilst not against progress, she does not support the proposed Shingle Mill Chapter 40B condominium intricate.
“I just see a large amount of things happening in Rockland that men and women do not want,” Childs mentioned.
Ellard, a father of two who attended Rockland universities, was on the town’s finance committee and was the chairman of the committee. He was town treasurer for nine and a fifty percent years. Ellard thinks his “being familiar with of how a municipality is effective” makes him fit for the career.
He hopes to tackle Rockland’s infrastructure requirements, including the water treatment plant, the sewer plant and perhaps a new fire residence. Ellard would like to be frugal.
“We will need to locate methods to be smarter with our with our dollars …,” Ellard mentioned. “… Squeeze each and every nickel out of the finances that we can so that we can offer the level of providers that the individuals of Rockland should have devoid of taxing them out of their households.”
Shortall, a lifelong resident of Rockland, has labored in the university procedure for 12 yrs as a paraprofessional. She was city clerk for much more than five a long time and retired in December 2020. She is functioning for selectman due to the fact she loves the city and hopes her working experience will allow her to bring a various viewpoint.
Preparing the sewer plant for the present and long run is a major issue for her, she stated. She emphasizes giving companies to all inhabitants of Rockland.
“I experience quite strongly that anyone requirements to be taken care of,” Shortall explained.
Rockland University Committee candidates
Emily Davidson, of Smith Lane, and Melissa Mauro-Little, of Heritage Travel, each candidates for reelection, are among 3 vying for two open places on the faculty committee. Michael Quinn, of Pond Street is on the ballot for the 1st time.
Davidson grew up in Rockland and graduated from the school program in 2011. Along with serving on the faculty committee, she is a member of Reimagine Rockland, the committee for the elementary faculty project, the building committee for Phelps Elementary College and was on the organizing committee for Tumble Fest.
She is jogging for reelection to remain associated. She claimed she hopes to see the elementary faculty job completed.
“To have a superior town you require to have a robust school district and revitalize Rockland,” Davidson reported.
Mauro-Little has been a resident of Rockland for 12 yrs and is a pediatrician. She was on active obligation in the Air Force for four several years and has four kids in the Rockland colleges. Mauro-Small ran for the term she is currently finishing because of the mental health disaster she discovered in children.
“I believe what I convey to the plate is one thing that other individuals never, which is a focus on making certain that we are conference the social psychological needs of our kids,” Mauro-Small said.
Quinn has been a resident of Rockland for 3 many years and is a father to a few in the school program and 3 who are residence schooled. He was in the Military, has coached Rockland Youth Soccer and is a member of the Rockland Veterans of Overseas Wars.
“The key motive that I’m jogging is that I and a great deal of other parents just felt like the faculty committee wasn’t there representing us, advocating for us, or listening to us,” he claimed.
If elected he ideas to advocate for community comment time period throughout the meetings, “health-related independence” with masks, education and learning on paths other than four year faculties, together with trade educational facilities, certifications or armed service recruitment, and transparency on third social gathering influences on the college committee. He also needs to make information on residence education, as nicely as the date, time and locale of school committee conferences additional obtainable.
Rockland Park Commissioner candidates
Richard Furlong, of Union Road, and Brian Martin, of Vinton Terrace are managing for Rockland Park Commissioner.
Furlong is up for reelection and has been included in town federal government for at least 30 many years and a resident of Rockland for 58 years, he mentioned. He at present serves as chairman and industry coordinator for the recreation department, is a member of the Rockland Eagles and a element-time 911 dispatcher. He was president of Rockland Very little League and worked as a firefighter and EMT with the Rockland Fireplace Section for 36 years.
“We are just making an attempt to do the ideal we can for the youngsters in town … the folks, the people of the city,” Furlong said.
He said he will operate on the elementary school project and the eventual new turf, the new fencing and lights at the girls’ softball industry.
Martin grew up in Rockland and has been a resident for additional than 40 many years. He has coached youth basketball and softball and is president of the youth softball league. He is a veteran and is effective for the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department.
If elected he designs to devote time to the area surrounding the new school and Reeds Pond, Hartsuff Park and spruce up the fields.
“I hope to accomplish making these fields for the youth applications seem respectable to the other cities,” Martin mentioned.
Rockland Board of Health and fitness candidates
Two candidates, Michelle Kennedy, of Centre Avenue, and Rita (Margaret) Roche, of Spring Street, are competing for one seat on the Rockland Board of Wellbeing.
Kennedy is a lifelong resident of Rockland and a mom of 3. Her youngsters have been included in youth sporting activities and she has been the fundraising director for the youth soccer method and has assisted on the Rockland Holiday getaway Stroll committee. Kennedy wants to do the job with other community teams as very well, these types of as Maintain Rockland Attractive.
“I normally feel like Rockland is chasing a standard and I think it’s time to established a typical,” Kennedy stated.
If elected she will evaluate the spending budget and hopes to maximize conversation with citizens as a result of open dilemma time, an supplemental e-mail box for queries, a recommendation box in entrance of town corridor, a possible publication and improved use of social media. She needs to go by means of the Republic deal to make guaranteed it positive aspects the inhabitants, “deal with” abandoned properties and make guaranteed the workplace is open more frequently. Kennedy mentioned interaction and customer services will be a priority.
Roche grew up in Rockland, graduated from the university method and is a mom of four. She labored as a registered nurse for 25 many years at Boston Kid’s Clinic.
“I just want to make positive that our city is proven in a way that we can be very pleased of,” Roche explained.
Roche explained she will tackle the trash situation, is passionate about disease handle, advocates for “flexibility of option” with masks and the vaccine, and will perform to retain the city educated.
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Joe Difazio contributed to this report.