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Ross Runs for Re-Election in Westford

Candidate says he'll run on his record of "cost-effective change and responsible budgets."

Kelly Ross. Credit: Patch
Kelly Ross. Credit: Patch

Selectman Kelly Ross is running for a third three-year term on the Westford Board of Selectmen. 

Ross has been a financial leader in Westford for more than a decade. 

“I served on the Finance Committee for six years before I ran for Selectman,” he said. “When I was elected to the Board of Selectmen, I was very familiar with the budget process, so I hit the ground running.” 

Ross, who consistently advocates for cost-effective change and responsible budgets, is proud of his record. 

“We have consolidated budgets, reorganized departments, established a Capital Planning Committee to prioritize capital improvements, and created an Energy Committee that significantly reduced energy costs. We have slowed the growth of health insurance costs and negotiated union contracts that preserved both jobs and services.” 

When Ross joined the board in 2008, the country was in recession. 

“Westford did more than simply survive the difficult years,” he said. “We staffed the empty Rogers fire station and expanded our ambulance service to include paramedics. We updated Town Hall and the Cameron Senior Center while maintaining their historic charm. We formed an Economic Development Committee to attract quality businesses to Westford. In fact, we’ve done so well that Money Magazine recently named Westford as one of the best towns in the United States.”

Ross points to other recent honors Westford has earned. 

“Boston Magazine and Newsweek named Westford schools as among the best in the region and in the country. We have one of the highest performing public education systems at one of the lowest per-pupil costs in the state. That is a remarkable achievement and a credit to everyone involved.”

Ross says that Westford is on the right track, and he will use his experience to continue to keep the town headed in the right direction. 

“When I was elected six years ago, I promised to bring financial leadership to the Board of Selectmen. I promised to advocate for budgets that balanced the needs of the entire community, including taxpayers, town employees, seniors, school children and their parents, and business owners. I have kept my promises.”

Ross has lived in Westford with his wife Cindy since 1999. He is currently serving his sixth year as a member of the Board of Selectmen, and he served as chairman twice during that time. He has worked as a software engineer for 35 years. 

Ross believes that an important part of a selectmen's job is listening. If you would like to contact him, you can call him at 978-692-8775 or email him at kellyross2014@gmail.com.

Submitted by the Kelly Ross for Selectman Campaign.

Nick Caraway February 12, 2014 at 07:08 PM
Hey Ross, you run on your low per pupil exoendature included supporting the strong arm make em take zero teachers contract "negotiated" by the school committee in 2012, you might not remember the letter the BOS penned publicly backing the school committee when things got bumpy but I know hundreds of teachers, many residents, and friends and families of those teachers who haven't forgotten that stance. Perpetuated your great schools low cost at the expense of steps for young teachers. Shame. Don't you have some gun rights to violate ?
Vincent DiRico February 12, 2014 at 07:47 PM
I think he's done a decent job, the $ pit is not bottomless and the 2.5 override ship don't sail. Be careful what you wish for.
Randy Winslow February 12, 2014 at 08:09 PM
Vote no.
Sam February 12, 2014 at 08:16 PM
Vote him out. It is time to clean house. My wish can be worse than what we have. Decent job? Based on being a warm body?
Vincent DiRico February 12, 2014 at 08:22 PM
Research the other 2 candidates, one was a warm body in the past. I am for change but not a step backward.
Nick Caraway February 12, 2014 at 08:26 PM
Both ends of the "two Rosses" need to be shown the door
Sam February 12, 2014 at 08:29 PM
Jim to me is solid, the second guy in would not come out directly and say he is a democrat. A bunch of political mumbo jumbo to try to appeal to all. If your a Dem be proud of it. Do some research on Ross. It ain't pretty. I would rather get the same from someone new than have an entrenched member run things moving forward but that's just me. Perhaps our friend SS will jump in.
Vincent DiRico February 12, 2014 at 08:37 PM
Your research is faulty, look for more info on Siriani, I suggest looking at old SC minutes. Beyond that he'll try to be Ross on steroids (see his claims of state level work).
Sam February 12, 2014 at 08:38 PM
As we get closer to election regardless of what is said about all running, the fact that they do run and or serve is impressive no matter what we say. They are doing more than I in regards to the town.
Sam February 12, 2014 at 08:58 PM
Vote for Jim and Val if she runs. Leave Ross off. Val talks a good game but seems to just go with it when push comes to shove. A better choice than Ross or Siriani.
Vincent DiRico February 12, 2014 at 09:27 PM
I hope that is an option.
Steven Sadowski February 12, 2014 at 11:19 PM
Thanks for the invite to the party but I'm already in the middle of a 3 year term on the TPSC and I'm hoping to get on that new hunting committee. Between that and the Cub Scouts I'm a busy guy. But in a few years you may just witness the firepower of this fully armed and operational Libertarian battle station.
Prometheus February 13, 2014 at 09:41 AM
LOL....."who's scruffy lookin"
Steven Sadowski February 14, 2014 at 08:12 AM
I just got the email from Kelly Ross this morning that I wasn't selected for the hunting committee. Darn.
Sam February 14, 2014 at 09:38 AM
Most likely because you are an evil hunter. They wouldn't want that
Steven Sadowski February 14, 2014 at 09:41 AM
That's my next check up is to make sure the committee is 50-50 like they promised. Stay tuned, I'll let you know.
Cori Ryan February 16, 2014 at 01:09 PM
Steven, Remember when Andrew reported the details of the BoS meetings on The Patch and we all knew what was going on? I am still disappointed he is no longer here and clearly he filled a need. I think they did put both hunters and neighbors and those who are neither on to the hunting policy committee.
Steven Sadowski February 16, 2014 at 10:18 PM
Well see. I'm going to go to the meetings and ask where people stand and see the ratio.

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