With municipal elections just weeks away on Saturday, April 2, residents like current finance committee member Kelley Sardina have announced their candidacy for local councils and committees.
My name is Kelley Sardina and I am a candidate for a seat on the Planning Council.
While there are many considerations as we contemplate the future of Billerica, I think it’s important to let you know who I am and why I’m a good candidate to be your voice on the board.
After growing up in Lynn, my husband and I moved to Billerica in the mid 90’s. When we were looking for a new home to raise our family, we knew this was the place we wanted to call home. We loved the open space, small town feel, and the community was welcoming to newcomers. My husband is now retired (local 17 sheet metal workers) and we look forward to the next stage of life with our grandchildren nearby and aging in the community we call home.
In 2015, I suffered a brain injury and had to relearn how to do everything; from walking and talking to tying my shoes and eating. I am not addressing this out of sympathy, but rather to explain why I am so determined to volunteer more of my time. As I have regained my skills, I want to put them to good use and help the city I love. My determination is a skill that I will bring to the board.
My experience in community involvement began when we lived in Lynn. I have been active in many volunteer opportunities and was nominated by the Mayor to serve on the Lynn Economic Opportunity [LEO] plank. It was there that I understood the importance of giving back to our communities, and it is time for me to give back to Billerica.
A few years ago, I organized a residents’ group and held an “Enough is Enough” rally.
For too many years, our local government has ignored us, the residents. From raising taxes to envisioning city-like prospects for the future, it was time to raise our voices against those visions.
By working together, we were able to stop the massive and inappropriate development of 279 Boston Road. (This property is yet to be used, but with something that matches the size of the lot and the character of our town.)
As an appointed member of the finance committee, I learned a lot about our budget and the importance of ensuring that we plan for Billerica’s future with strategic growth to keep us financially stable and prosperous. But we can do it while keeping our open space and using already existing and vacant commercial areas.
I support zoning regulations that benefit our uniqueness and I will strive to unify our committees, councils and elected officials to work together cooperatively.
If elected, I will allow myself to be your voice on the Planning Council. We are most successful when we involve the whole community.
I respectfully request your vote on Saturday, April 2.