I am writing in support of Joe Pato for selectman, and of Scott Bokun for School Committee. As a longtime friend and Town Meeting colleague, I’ve always been impressed by Joe’s analytical approach to every problem, and his innate ability to bring a calm and considered perspective to even the most contentious issue the town faces. It is important to maintain his extensive experience on the board so that he can continue to champion initiatives that build and better our community. Joe is committed to addressing our pressing capital needs, continuing to make progress on our sustainability goals, assure public safety and continue to make Lexington welcoming and inclusive. Joe’s love of Lexington is apparent in his many years of service and his deep commitment to listening to and providing for all citizens.
Similarly, Scott Bokun would be an exceptional addition to the School Committee. His experience as an educator and his years of leadership of the Lexington Youth Summer Theater demonstrate his passion and commitment to furthering our children’s growth and development. His years of service as a Town Meeting member have given him a deep understanding of the town’s budget and array of needs, and he carefully and prudently considers both the value and financial impacts of an issue while representing his constituents.
As a longtime friend of Scott’s, I know he would hold the best interests of our children and our town in mind as a Lexington School Committee member. Please join me in voting for Joe Pato for selectman and Scott Bokun for School Committee on March 4.
I am writing in support of Joe Pato for selectman. Having been a Town Meeting member for the past three years, I have had ample opportunity to get to know Joe well. His calm demeanor, collaborative effort, deep dive of issues, and willingness to listen to all sides of the argument, before arriving at a well informed decision, is a tremendous asset for the town of Lexington. His effort to minimize tax burden on the residents of Lexington (given the capital projects in the pipeline) is a huge plus. He is environmentally conscious. He is very keen on integrating the diverse fabric of this town and his presence at occasions such as Festival of Colors, Diwali, Chinese New Year, and many others, demonstrates his vision of “One Lexington.”
Please join me in voting for Joe Pato for selectman on March 4.
Town Meeting member, Precinct 5, Leonard Road
Joe Pato is running for re-election. Even though he is running uncontested, I would still like to say a few words of appreciation for what he has done for us in the past six years.
His heart is in Lexington, whatever he has done, he did it for us. He worked closely with other Board of Selectmen members, and other departments in our town. His record shows what an important part he played as a Selectman. He achieved!
Joe has time for us. On Wednesday afternoons, I often saw him at the Community Center, talking to people who approached him. On occasions when he was sitting there alone, I have sat down and told him some concerns of mine. He always welcomed me and took time to discuss the issues. He listened!
Last week, the Chinese American Association of Lexington (CAAL) held a Forum for Candidates running for town wide positions. Joe came even thought he has no opponents. He came to communicate with his fellow Lexingtonians. He came to answer questions from this group, asked for our input on how to make Lexington a better place for ALL. He reached out to us, in a serious yet humorous manner. He succeeded!
We are happy that Joe will continue to serve us. He is here to help us in any way he can.
My husband Larry joins me in wishing Joe another successful term.
North Emerson Road
Joe Pato is a selectman dedicated to bringing the community together, celebrating its diverse population, reducing costs where appropriate by careful oversight of the budget and addressing environmental and safety concerns. I support Joe and his policies and concerns.
He has served as selectman since 2013, including being chair of the board. Previously he served on the appropriations committee and as a Town Meeting member.
There are many examples of Joe’s involvement in steadily moving our town forward. Joe advocated for the Center Streetscape plan, including redesign of street crossings for safety. He advocated for the Community Center and saw it successfully running. He advocated for solar panels on school and town buildings which are not only environmentally appropriate, but has saved the town $400,000 annually. He worked to bring plans for a new Central Fire Station to the implementation phase.
Perhaps most importantly, he works to involve ordinary citizens in determining what and how things should be done.
Joe is running unopposed for one of the two three-year terms for Selectman. Join me in thanking Joe for all he has done and will do for us by voting for him in the town election Monday, March 4.
Martha Crosier Wood
I am writing in support of Joe Pato for Selectman, and Scott Bokun for School Committee. I have had the pleasure of knowing both of these gentlemen for many years and can honestly say that I cannot think of better individuals for these two positions. Joe brings a wealth of experience to the Selectmen and his calm, fact-based, integrative approach to decision-making make him an extremely valuable individual to have as a Selectman. I am thrilled that he has chosen to continue to serve our community in this way.
While Scott will be new to the School Committee, he likewise brings to this role a wealth of experience in voluntary leadership roles. Additionally, Scott brings an unparalleled level of enthusiasm and passion for the initiatives with which he chooses to be involved. Having raised with his wife Michelle two wonderful daughters who both benefitted tremendously from the Lexington school system and having been a teacher of young children for many years, Scott’s experience and passion for the quality of education that we provide here in Lexington make him extremely well qualified to be on our School Committee.
Please join me in voting for Joe Pato for Selectman and Scott Bokun for School Committee on March 4th.