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 Citizen: https://www.thebedfordcitizen.org/2018/12/emily-mitchell-seeks-caucus-nomination-for-selectman/
Read Emily’s caucus statement: Mitchell – Selectman caucus statement