A note from Joe

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It is my honor to serve Lexington on the Select Board since 2013.

As a Member of the Board, I represent and work for the people of Lexington. I cherish Lexington’s diversity. I strive to engage all residents, to tap into the skills and talents of our entire community – both to make better policies and to create a sense of belonging and inclusion.

Working on hard problems is what I love to do. I strive to develop consensus, to engage all respectfully and equally, and to make sure all are welcomed.  

– Joe

As your Select Board Member, my priorities are to pursue: wise fiscal policy, environmental sustainability, and public safety for all. In pursuing these priorities, my approach is to avoid assumptions, dig for facts, and clarify – in a transparent manner – the issues for our community. Working on hard problems toward sustainable solutions is what I love to do. I believe in aligning support by stating a clear, open case and finding common interests collaboratively. I search for the value in every idea, and I value respectful closure when it’s time to move forward.

I would love to hear from you. Please contact me.

I hold my office hours as virtual meetings. To schedule a phone or online zoom meeting, please contact the Select Board’s office staff at selectboard@lexingtonma.gov or call the office at 781-698-4580

To join my weekly casual office hours from 2-3pm on Wednesdays, which were normally held at the Community Center, use the contact information below:

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