chris gittins for selectman

Platform & Issues

I moved to Bedford in 2001, into the house that my grandparents built in 1951. Like many families of that era my grandparents moved out from the city in pursuit of a modern home in a peaceful, smaller community.

Bedford was rural when they moved here. Now we are suburban. Although the details of day-to-day life here have changed, I believe our hopes for our lives, our children’s lives, and for the future are much the same.

We have a strong foundation upon which we can pursue our dreams:
✓ Excellent schools, safe neighborhoods, and welcoming neighbors;
✓ Clean air, clean water, and beautiful recreational areas; and
✓ Gainful employment opportunities that are accessible.

I am running for Selectman because I have been inspired by the citizen initiatives that contribute to our vibrant town, and I want to hear and act upon residents’ concerns for our future.

The three foundations of my candidacy and, if elected, of my term as your Selectman, are:

Community

Bedford has an incredible community that supports its excellent schools, welcomes newcomers, and supports its aging seniors. The demographics of our town are shifting and will continue to do so. Our residents reflect every stage of life, we are increasingly more economically, socially, and culturally diverse. As Selectman, I would embrace these changes and support those whose needs are shifting in this ever-dynamic town.

Climate

Bedford citizens have worked hard to adopt Community Choice Aggregation and Net Zero plans. These plans need swift responses from leadership in order to implement the project recommendations that will benefit individual households and our public spaces. By taking a climate-sustainability perspective, the town has the opportunity to ensure that municipal renovations are energy efficient while giving our essential town services the resources they need to keep our community safe. As Selectman, I would support these initiatives and advocate for meeting our town’s facility needs with energy-efficient facilities.

Connectivity

Bedford grew from a rural to suburban community in the golden age of automobiles. As a result, we are playing catch-up with respect to establishing safe pedestrian and bicycle routes, traffic-calming measures, and other infrastructure changes that will accommodate more public transportation and decrease the volume of cars on our streets. As Selectman, I would actively support the implementation of our comprehensive Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan, and investigating more public transit infrastructure and regional mass transit initiatives.

Building Bedford Together

I ask for your support because I am committed to building and sustaining Bedford so it can continue to be a gift to us and future generations, as it has been for me and my family. You can support my campaign by donating, volunteering, and voting in the town election on March 9th.

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