Issues

Bedford Town Center

(c) Jeff Hoyland. Used with permission

 

In the nearly twenty years I’ve called Bedford my home, I’ve found my interests in Town life and government coalescing around three big ideas.

 

ACCESSIBILITY: As citizens of Bedford, we ARE the government. How can we ensure more people participate in our democracy, and have all the tools and information they need to do so?

  • Encourage greater voter turnout for Town elections
  • Strive for higher attendance at Town Meeting, and explore ways to help residents stay informed in real time if they cannot attend in person
  • Seek ways to invite newcomers and new members to serve on Town committees and boards, and work to identify and eliminate barriers to public service
  • Aim for greater transparency in Town government:
    • More frequent and timely posting of meeting agendas and minutes, so people can keep track of the issues under discussion
    • More accessible information about Town services in more places (bedfordma.gov website, library resources, etc.)

 

LIVABILITY: As residents of Bedford, we have a stake in where we make our homes, where we shop and eat, and how we get around town. How do we ensure our town is a place that meets all our needs?

  • Seek more opportunities to get around town safely and efficiently, with and without cars, no matter the weather, working in conjunction with the DPW and Transportation Advisory Committee
  • Continue to support the Energy and Sustainability Committee to develop and implement Bedford’s Net Zero plan, to promote energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gases
  • Consider more public art and community events, to provide opportunities beyond Bedford Day to celebrate who we are and how we live together
  • Support the work of our Economic Development Director to attract a variety of businesses to town, to help residents shop locally for all our needs

 

INCLUSIVITY: As neighbors in Bedford, we show hospitality to one another every day. How do we welcome and include each other, recognizing and accommodating the different needs of different people?

  • Develop and implement clearer ways to welcome and incorporate new residents into the community, including information on Town services, community organizations, businesses, faith communities, and more
  • Work with the relevant boards and committees to encourage varied housing for people at all stages of life and different income levels
  • Support the work of the School Committee, Bedford Embraces Diversity, Youth & Family Services, and other boards and committees to ensure Bedford is a welcoming community for people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, or socioeconomic status
  • Explore new opportunities for civic and volunteer engagement led by the needs and interests of residents

 

Read Emily’s campaign announcement in The Bedford Citizenhttps://www.thebedfordcitizen.org/2018/12/emily-mitchell-seeks-caucus-nomination-for-selectman/

Read Emily’s caucus statement: Mitchell – Selectman caucus statement