Lexington is a vibrant community. Joe understands the
important challenges and priorities our community faces. As
a Selectman, he consistently collaborates with key
stakeholders on the issues while staying focused on what
makes Lexington a great place to live, work, and educate our
As we move forward, Joe’s priorities are to:
Fiscal and Economic Development Policy
Joe asks tough questions to ensure that every penny spent by
the Town is justified. From his first days on the
Appropriation Committee to today, he rolls up his sleeves
and works to find ways to save residents money.
Joe helped usher in new revenue sources for the Town including:
more than $400,000 per year being produced by the
solar panels on Lexington town facilities and schools.
a reduced cost of electricity for the community
through the adoption of a program that lowered
electricity prices for consumers by more than $2M
within its first 18 months.
To reduce the tax burden on residents, Joe works to create a
better balance between the residential and business tax
base. He finds ways to be welcoming to businesses while
preserving our residential neighborhoods.
To help those who are concerned about being priced out of
town, Joe leads the effort to explore tax assistance
programs allowed by the state. He put together the
Residential Exemption Study Working Group and Study
Joe ensures Lexington stays eligible to borrow so we can
use the best rates available to build our school and
municipal facilities. During Joe’s time as Selectman,
Lexington has improved its financial reserves and retained
the highest bond ratings — allowing us to borrow at the
Joe is a strong voice and leader to help Lexington move
forward in promoting health and safety in our community’s
environment. He has:
Collaborated with the Sustainable Lexington Committee to
propose and then lead the Board of Selectmen to adopt the
Sustainable Action Plan. This is a roadmap for the Town’s
efforts to move forward on issues from finding energy
efficiencies to protecting our residents in extreme
weather patterns. This comprehensive plan calls for
designing buildings that are healthier for our staff and
students and are less costly to taxpayers to operate over
time. The plan outlines how Lexington can be resilient and
effectively adapt to a changing climate.
Worked to pass the Getting to NetZero Plan, which seeks to
reduce the town’s total greenhouse gas emissions and move
us to 100% renewable energy sources.
Advocated to adopt a Sustainable Building plan for new and
Public safety is among Joe’s highest
priorities. Through his advocacy, Lexington has:
Increased effective spending for road and sidewalk maintenance.
Adopted the Complete Streets policy to improve the
co-existence of multiple modes of transportation and
increase safety for cyclists and pedestrians.
Begun the building of a new Central Fire Station.
Included robust safety and accessibility features in the
proposed Center Streetscape Project.
Joe believes that we are one community and that the role of
a Selectmen is to balance competing interests and bring
people together toward compromise and consensus.
As Board chair, Joe led the effort to bring the community
together around a school building plan that has expanded
the Clarke and Diamond middle schools, added capacity at
Bowman, Bridge and Fiske elementary schools, and has led
to the reconstruction of the Hastings elementary school.
Advocated for and led the community to start the new
Hastings School and Lexington Children’s Place public
preschool program via a successful debt exclusion.
Advocated for a successful debt exclusion for the Middle
School Expansion Projects.
As Board chair, Joe commissioned the creation of an ad hoc
Center Streetscape design committee when community
consensus was missing, which led to a balanced proposal
unanimously adopted by the Board of Selectmen.
As a Town Meeting member and then Selectman, he led the
effort to bring electronic voting to Town Meeting,
providing better transparency to residents for how Town
Meeting Members vote and increasing efficiency during