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Congrats to all who won!
A final thought on our election.
Success is seen when you leave a place better than how you found it. Despite todays elections results I'm a true believer in the democratic process. Keep demanding the change you seek.
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You've got just over 2 hours more to vote and if you haven't yet, there are a lot of reasons you should that go beyond close races and who represents you. Vote so you can show how you feel. This elections will affect our community.
Every vote is a signal and even if your side loses. The size of the losing vote matters just as much as the winning vote.
A vote even for the loser might encourage candidates who share common views to run, or spark people of like mind to band together to push for other kinds of change in our community.
I'll tell you why I vote. I'm a true believer in the democratic process. I truly understand what representation looks and feels like. Success is seen when you leave a place better than how you found it. I think I've done that.
VOTE! Vote for Jesse, Vote for Roy, or Vote for Tim. As long as you VOTE!
Town Of Belmont-BOS
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My name is Timothy Flood and I am your candidate for our Board of Selectman.
I’m running for Selectman to provide a neutral prospective in all matters Belmont. The angst I have heard throughout town is that nothing will ever change. Together we can change. I want you to be able to share your opinions and concerns, and have your voice truly heard. As you know, I didn’t start knocking on doors only after I decided to run. It was these many discussions we have had that got me to this point.
Our leadership has lost the trust of our community. Town leadership is supposed to be stewards to our $120 Million of public funds we give them. These funds are supposed to be used for basic services that should be providing safe and thriving neighborhoods and a prosperous business community. Belmont is not thriving financially. Mismanagement has led us effectively to $160 million deficit where the apparent plan is to raise taxes every four to five years. Without change we will continue to lose local businesses, and many will not be able to afford to live in our homes.
What can we do to improve our situation? VOTE. We need change. You may have noticed I have not mailed literature with lists of supporters, nor have I solicited for campaign contributions. In fact, I asked In lieu of donations to my campaign, please donate to the Belmont Food Pantry, Foundation for Belmont Education, or a charity of your choice. I not running for Selectman to represent a few, I want all 25,000 residents equally represented. I am here on my own merit, not on the merit of others.
Statistically, our elections do not bring out voters the way presidential elections do, but this will be a critical election. You read the news articles of the attacks on me by the other campaigns. This is an attack on democracy as we know it. And neither opponent has spoken out against these acts publicly. Yet, they have asked me to withdraw my public statements of the ongoing list of attacks because they have not seen the proof themselves. Well, I know what’s true because I have lived it. Belmont Police know what’s true because they have the report. And you know what’s true because you have now seen it in multiple news articles. I ask you: Do you trust those who would disseminate falsehoods to gain power? Are these the actions of a leader we want on our Board of Selectman?
I moved to Belmont to provide my daughter the best I could. I want her to thrive in school, be safe walking on our streets, and have her grow up with a strong sense of community. I believe many of us share these values. We want leaders that will bring us together to overcome our challenges and create a vision for our future, not to divide us. We need to prepare for our future keeping in mind our shared values of community, education, family, and inclusion from our past.
We need to have a diversity of leadership experiences on the board of selectman. Experience is valuable but what kind of experience do we need? I differentiate myself as a military veteran and local small business owner. My kind of experience and neutrality will lead to good decision making for all residents of Belmont. In the debates, I have proven my knowledge of the challenges Belmont faces. You provided this knowledge through our many discussions. Now we need your voice on the board of selectman. I will be your voice.
As your Selectman, I will continue to work tirelessly and collaboratively with you, listen to your concerns, provide utmost transparency, and most importantly, take action.
I ask you to keep an open-mind, for continued dialogue, and that you demand complete transparency from your representatives.
Please vote Timothy Flood on April 2.
Town Of Belmont-BOS
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A small turnout for my final open house. But, as we know, every vote matters. Thank You so much for your support!
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EFFECTIVE CHANGE REQUIRES A VOTE!!
We have no heroic figure to stand up against those in Belmont that are insidiously trying to deconstruct our democracy and guiding us down a path of financial, social and economic instability. No one person is going to give us back what is being lost every day in Belmont nor over the last 20 years — It is up to us as individuals.
We oversee our own fate and need to make our voices heard. We need to be loud and clear. We need to be heard like thunder in Town Hall and through the streets of our town and in the local governing offices of those who are watching out for themselves and their base, not us.
The power we have is a gift from our forefathers, the right of the vote as put forth in our Constitution and is the pillar of our democracy. It really scares me to see it whittled away through underhanded and devious tactics used to keep you from feeling safe to vote your beliefs.
The right to have a say in the processes of government is a fundamental aspect of democracy. People who do not vote do not have the ability to influence governmental policies that affect them. The colonialists' main complaint against Britain in the period leading up to the Revolutionary War was that the British parliament did not properly represent their interests when passing certain laws. Without a say in election processes, citizens are at the mercy of the ruling parties.
Statistically, our elections do not bring out voters the way presidential elections do, but this will be a critical election. You read the news articles of the attacks on me and my campaign. This is an attack on democracy as we know it. Yet, despite these articles the attacks have not subsided. And neither opponent has spoken out against these acts publicly. Yet they have asked me to withdraw my public statements listing the ongoing list of attacks because they have not seen the proof themselves. Well, I know what’s true because I have lived it. Belmont Police know what’s true because they have the report. And you know what’s true because you have now seen it in multiple news articles.
My task for you is to let them know that you want our election process to be easier, more inclusive and JUST; Voting (to) "FLOOD Belmont with Unwavering Representation" is a surefire way to tell the hatred it has no home in Belmont Politics. My message has been clear, concise and unwavering in my campaign. I want all 25000 residents represented, not just the 25 listed on others campaign literature. Its up to you to be represented so your voices are heard. It starts with your vote!
Your vote is powerful and will tell those of ill will and deceitfulness in their hearts that you won’t be afraid. You will cast your vote despite their attempts to impede democracy. Voting gives each person the opportunity to express their will. Not voting, allows the choices and opinions of others to hold sway over our lives and allows the deceit and divisive tactics to continue to take hold of Belmont in our future elections.
Next, after the election, keep our representatives’ feet to the fire, and demand the change you seek.