Siriani Announces Run for Westford Board of Selectmen

Former School Committee member hopes to "give voters a choice and a voice."

Don Siriani. Courtesy
Don Siriani. Courtesy

The May election for Westford’s Board of Selectmen has taken shape with the announcement that former School Committee member Don Siriani will be a candidate for office. His entry assures the start of a competitive contest.

“I am proud to be part of a family that has lived in Westford for many generations and I want to make sure that the town remains a great place to live, work, and raise families for generations to come,” said Siriani. “I have been helping people in town for years and now I think I should serve Westford in the most comprehensive way that I can.”

Siriani's decision to engage came after attending a recent Westford League of Women Voters presentation which featured a panel of active citizens prompting potential candidates to run.

“By stepping forward, I can give voters a choice and a voice,” he said. 

Siriani was an elected member of the School Committee until 2005, he soon thereafter became President of the Westford Kiwanis. Years on, he continues as the President of the non-profit organization which provides community-service grants and student scholarships, financial support for community-service projects and youth arts programs, to elders in need and to others experiencing financial hardship. 

“My grandfather-in-law, Ellsworth Jewett, was a founding member and he was a driving force in renewing the Apple Blossom Festival that originated in 1935. What began as a way of celebrating industry and community has also bloomed into a way of recognizing and honoring outstanding Westford citizens,” said Siriani. “The Kiwanis members are so selfless and giving. My wife Debi and I are happy that our 16 year old twin sons, Joey and David, are the fourth generation in our family to help the Kiwanis make the Apple Blossom come to life every spring.” 

Siriani enjoys participating in local Boy Scout activities with his twin sons. “We love what Scouting offers families, there are so many opportunities to learn, grow and be a genuine contributor,” said Siriani. “I am enormously proud of the adult leaders of Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops in Westford because they infuse a spirit of community and responsibility that lasts a lifetime.”

A long-time legislative director and chief of staff in the Massachusetts State Senate, Siriani has developed an extensive history of successful policy development and municipal advocacy. Having worked for Democrat and Republican Senators, he has been involved in the development of 19 state budgets which set funding levels for police, fire, library, school and other municipal accounts. As a member of the School Committee, Siriani helped write three budgets for the Westford public schools. Additional fiscal experience was garnered at Salem State College where Siriani served on the Finance Committee as a member of the college's Board of Trustees.

While earning a bachelor of science in psychology, Siriani was selected to serve under Chairman Paul Tsongas as Vice Chairman of the Student Advisory Council of the state’s Board of Regents of Higher Education. 

As a student, Siriani met his wife Debi while organizing a state-wide lobbying effort to generate support for public education. She is the Director of Human Services and Senior Center Director for the town of Chelmsford. “My work led to a State House rally which was also my first date with Debi,” said Siriani. “We shared a commitment to teach others how to come together for the public good, and years later that passion led me to propose to her on the State House lawn.” 

After accepting a State House job working for the Chairman of the Education Committee, Siriani began conceiving and authoring several bills that became law including; a state directive that makes it easier for smaller communities to access state grants; legislation which replaced 9,000 defective bulletproof vests worn by state and local police officers; the law that grants free higher education, including room, board, fees and tuition, for children of fallen armed service members since September 2001; the state’s Nursing Mothers Protection Act, and enhancements of the Community Preservation Act. He also helped to pass into law more than 100 local bills for communities in the 3rd Middlesex Senate District. 

In 1995, Siriani laid the groundwork for the creation of the Route 495 Technology Corridor Initiative which fosters collaboration between federal, state and municipal governments, local chambers of commerce, and business leaders. He was the chief of staff to the Senate Chairman of the Municipalities Committee. The Senator hosted the State House Local Aid Lobby Day which factored into dropping the Lottery Aid cap and increasing funds to cities and towns.

“I truly believe that the best government is one that is closest to the people, and the most effective elected officials are the ones that are willing to do more listening than talking. You need to really put in the effort, years worth of time, to become infused with the knowledge of what people want and need,” said Siriani. “Good government at every level only comes about when prospective leaders have first taken the time to listen and learn before they attempt to lead. I have.”

Pointing to concerns about the town’s future fiscal and planning challenges, Siriani says his campaign will emphasize teamwork and transparency in governing. “I have been very fortunate to have worked with many outstanding people to make things better for our seniors, our children, our homeowners, our local business, and our environment. Bringing people together is what my campaign is about.”

Siriani will host frequent opportunities to meet with voters throughout the campaign. The Spring town election will be held on Tuesday, May 6.

Submitted by Don Siriani campaign. 

Vincent DiRico February 28, 2014 at 03:17 PM
OK, I'll admit you are good at finding links that support your hopes/vision of things. ---> No one group is 100% the same so an L named Smith <> an L named Tappan in AZ. According to your link the Page AZ budget was being scrutinized and CUT (a lot) before Tappan arrived. Westford is no Page AZ. ---> I like RP, he is not the front runner in any poll I am aware of, it is early BUT opinions are NOT facts. REALITY!
Vincent DiRico February 28, 2014 at 03:18 PM
You want "nonsensical" just wait until the ZEROs grudge holders get here.
Steven Sadowski February 28, 2014 at 04:45 PM
Vincent: First, I am good at finding those links because I do not come to my conclusions without research. When someone challenges my facts, I can just show them my research. It's really a simple formula. I've been doing it since middle school. Second I never said every L is the same. What I said was that when they are elected to office they fulfill their platform. Different platforms, different candidates, different offices, different towns---of course no one is the same! What makes them similar is that they are L's and that they have fulfilled their pledges. Third, does it matter if someone inherits a downward spending slope? What matters is if they kept it going down. So not only did Tappan do that, he is also fulfilling his platform as an L. And last, as for polling, this one just came out:http://blogs.courier-journal.com/politics/2014/02/27/iowa-poll-sen-rand-paul-in-second-place-behind-former-arkansas-gov-mike-huckabee/ Now I ask you....who has a better shot at winning in a blue states: bass=playing, Gomer Pyle talking about god and abstinence, or a Libertarian in GOP clothing reaching out already in traditional Democrat districts?
Vincent DiRico February 28, 2014 at 06:01 PM
Only lecture man does research. I'm getting the impression you like to hear yourself talk (also likely since middle school given the size of the problem)! ---> Be honest and admit for the meager 2 or 3 sample size you pointed out there are others elected and stifled, end up just blending in. As I said everyone/place does not turn out like Tappan/AZ (but I'm sure you'll find the ones that do). Search on ---> REALITY!
Steven Sadowski March 01, 2014 at 08:07 AM
Vincent: research is not only for lecturing and you know that because you started out your contributions on this thread by doing research on Mr.Siriani so that you were informed and factual before giving your opinion. If you don't do research then you just end up sounding like an idiot. As for the #'s. I admitted in parenthesis that L's are rare and we do get drowned out by the republicrats who are managing the decline but when we do have power--even small doses---we do good things with it. I'm the only L in Westford but on the TPSC I have saved YOU money. It hasn't been much but as much as I can I do.
Sam March 01, 2014 at 02:06 PM
You are the only Libertarian in Westford?
Steven Sadowski March 01, 2014 at 06:00 PM
.... serving in government.
Steven Sadowski March 01, 2014 at 06:01 PM
Actually. When I ran briefly for selectman I went to town hall for the registrations and there are 800 registered libertarians in Westford.
Vincent DiRico March 01, 2014 at 06:53 PM
I have heard the claim of L induced savings before and let it go. Tonight I took a quick look. How much $ did this save? did I miss any other L induced savings after review of the meeting minutes? ---> "Steven said that he will use the booklet from the internet and wants to save the town the cost of printing a copy for him. Printed copies were requested for Don, David, and Bill, while the other members are joining with Steve in avoiding printing costs."
Sam March 01, 2014 at 07:01 PM
Just verifying the claim of being the only Libertarian in Westford. As much as you dislike VD's posts, you have got to admit that is pretty funny.
Vincent DiRico March 01, 2014 at 07:11 PM
That was an honest ? after doing some research, I may have missed something.
Steven Sadowski March 01, 2014 at 09:41 PM
Vincent: It's much ado about nothing. The board that I sit on sells parcels of land claimed through land court. But to do this properly, one needs maps. Luckily the town has every parcel online. But everyone else on the committee is old school. Being the blow in I am I can access all the maps with my laptop. Everyone else wanted a book of maps. Each book cost a lot so I declined and just use my Dell. Not a lot but I saved you the cost of a book of town maps. That it's just one of many instances. But when I can, I am saving you and the Westford taxpayer money.
Steven Sadowski March 01, 2014 at 09:54 PM
For a second though think about what you're doing. You are so invested in discrediting the L movement that even when they do good things, you are so spiteful that you're mad that that saved you money. Think about it.
Vincent DiRico March 02, 2014 at 08:26 AM
Spiteful, mad, ...? WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? something like this? "republicrats who are managing the decline" ---> I heard "I have saved YOU money" so I went and took a look. Would you rather just be able to say anything? ---> I still don't have a feel for the $ amount saved.
Hans Moleman March 02, 2014 at 09:58 AM
Every village has an idiot, Vincent just likes to make it crystal clear with each and every post that he has sole claim to that title around these parts! ---->Priceless---->drivebyes---->REALITY--->Mittmentum---> ZEROs--->Truth
Vincent DiRico March 02, 2014 at 10:03 AM
"Spiteful, mad"; see above, a ZEROs grudge holder has chimed in. ---> Folks please do not lift Herman Munster's rock, you see the results above. Priceless!
Westford Insider March 02, 2014 at 01:52 PM
How about a ---->?
Steven Sadowski March 02, 2014 at 04:45 PM
Vincent: it's good you looked it up, as a taxpayer all of our meetings are there for your perusal. I welcome it. I called you spiteful because the L party exists to restore the govt to it's constitutional mandate. You should be happy we're here. Instead as I show you examples you're busting my chops that it's too small, not this, not that.... Why can't you just be gracious and be like, "OK these L's may not be Rs but when they help the same cause I'm into we should recognize it.". But no. You're too bitter to even give in and just admit it's good to have a group committed to fiscal restraint... Even if it's a small bit. If you found $20 in your coat you'd be psyched. Why can't you crack a smile for god's sake? As for the cost of the book I don't know the cost. I can only guess ... they are about 50 pages... Color... Large.. About 15x24... bound... but outside the books I have also saved you money by voting to get parcels into taxpayers hands as opposed to giving it to conservation which gets the town no money and it's locked up forever. Amongst other thing s.
Vincent DiRico March 02, 2014 at 06:17 PM
"OK these L's may not be Rs but when they help the same cause I'm into we should recognize it."; That is ripe given: "republicrats who are managing the decline" .... ---> If I fond a $20 in my coat it would cost me $40; 3 kids phenomenon, ha ha ha. ---> I never commented on the size of (any?) savings. The book quote was directly due to you so I included it. Then I asked what else I might be missing? You should have used a third thought. ---> REALITY!
Steven Sadowski March 02, 2014 at 06:42 PM
Vincent: The republicans are not going to change the course of the decline of this country. They may not speed it along as quickly as the Dems but there are too many military bases and govt. funded enterprises in too many congressional districts to really stop the gravy train. You need a bunch of ideological nuts, like us L's, to get in there and just start cutting. So sorry if you don't like being called Democrat-lite, but that's exactly what the R party has become. However, this is not about that. When the R's do a good thing, I'm not so spiteful that I won't give credit where credit's due. You on the other hand? Knife to nose and toss in the trash. And I'm still not understanding what you don't get about the book? What are you missing? The cost of the book...the size...what?
Vincent DiRico March 02, 2014 at 07:11 PM
I am not missing anything about the book. Did you see a ? on it? I did ask what else I might be missing and you claim that your vote gets more parcels out for sale. ---> I have never seen you write anything good about anyone other than Ls (small numbers elected) and what they might do if given a chance (slim chance locally). Please share the quote, link, ... if I have missed it. Otherwise it is just more of the same, lecturing, ... "I told you so". ---> What are you missing about REALITY, small numbers elected...slim chance locally...what?
Sam March 02, 2014 at 07:54 PM
Steven, when you say things like I am saving Westford residents money or I am the only Libertarian in Westford and later we find over 800 registered Libertarians and you saved a few sheets of paper, your lecturing loses a bit wouldn't you say...
Steven Sadowski March 02, 2014 at 08:19 PM
Sam & Vincent: I am not equating what the L's stand for and what we accomplish. I think that is where you two are missing the point. You are equating the platform with our results, and now it makes sense how you're not getting it because if I save you $20, or whatever small amount of money, I can see how your attitude towards the L party would be worth $20. My point is this: IF we had more power, we'd be able to exponentially expand on that $20. My point about the book wasn't to say, "Hey look, I saved a few sheets of paper, aren't I special!" My point is that, if my only power in that moment of time was those few sheets of paper, or few parcels here or there, and in 100% in those opportunities, whether it's small or not, I acted fiscally responsible, then maybe I can be trusted with a larger portion? Maybe the guy in Page AZ is only one some local board too, but if he's continuing the tradition of cutting costs there, imagine what he could do with more? And so on and so on. Conversely, when you look at the R party, and their record on the budget, earmarks, expensive wars and corruption, maybe we shouldn't give them any more responsibility since they've demonstrated a poor showing when given the chance before? And Sam, in context, when I mentioned that I was the only L, it was in the context of me serving in town. Go back and read the post in context. Try to keep up. (And for the first time, I admit, that was truly "lecturing.")
Sam March 02, 2014 at 08:24 PM
The $20 you saved all us went out the window with your cat expedition.
Steven Sadowski March 02, 2014 at 08:54 PM
Sam: No it didn't. Sorry you have a hard time understanding that someone on the clock is on the clock whether the phone rings or not. If the AC officer was a lawyer, then you'd have a point, but then again if you had a point, I'd be awaiting the rapture and making final plans.
Sam March 02, 2014 at 09:01 PM
Life of a party folks, SS. You just give VD a hard time about smiling. Lighten up Francis.
Sam March 02, 2014 at 09:06 PM
Keep calling. Soon she'll need an assistant. Oooh is that saving money.
Steven Sadowski March 02, 2014 at 09:18 PM
LOL. You called Vinny "VD," Ha Ha. You're funny and you don't even know it! And "yes," if I kept calling, you're right, she would need an assistant, but I only made the one call, so your point is moot. However do you know what will make her have to get an assistant? Yup, you guessed it, if a bunch of lost cats needed rescuing. So keep tossing those rocks from within your glass house but please keep calling Vinny, "VD." Ha. You just made my night, man.
Sam March 02, 2014 at 09:23 PM
Glad I could help your fun existence. I'll drop off a ream of paper at town hall for your next town wide savings. Talk about a good laugh.
Steven Sadowski March 03, 2014 at 07:45 AM
Sam: Funny thing is, that if you knew me personally, you'd know me to be the funny guy I am! I'm sure in person you too are understandable and can follow a story without needing repeating.


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