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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by the Kelly Ross for Selectman Campaign.