Fostering Civic Engagement
Protecting Open Space
Investing in Small Businesses
Increasing Environmental Sustainability
Ensuring Public Infrastructure Maintenance
Supporting Our Schools
Enhancing Downtown
Promoting Human Services and Resources for Seniors

Sam values the mosaic within Marlborough—to give different communities the opportunity to celebrate their diversity and learn from one another. Most importantly, Sam believes in co-creating the future together, whether that be moving towards strengthening the services for our aging neighbors, encouraging the city to use renewable energy, investing in quality afterschool programs, shadowing opportunities for our high schoolers to understand the power of local government, revitalizing our downtown, preserving our history, or promoting the arts. Sam believes in the valuable impact of not only knowing her community, but stepping up to partner with her constituents to be their advocate to the city. She is fighting to be a voice for our future.

Given Sam’s background in civic education nonprofits, she is a firm believer in transparency and communication in government. In order for residents to be connected to local government, Sam will increase information on what is coming up before the Council agenda, scheduled public hearings and the ability to give public comment are all readily available. Sam will be an active listener, advocate and neighbor to you in the community. 

Sam will benefit from her various experience working in state and legislative offices where she prioritized constituent services. To this end, Sam will schedule regular coffee chats as well as conduct listening tours in the different neighborhoods to ensure she is hearing from a wide range of residents. She also wants to open up the local government process to residents, especially youth so they know how to best interact with the city. Partnering with the schools, Sam will organize a City Councilor- High School shadowing program so that more students see the inside of the Council. Sam knows the impact of civic education firsthand as she helped secure passage of landmark civic education legislation in 2018 that ensures every student in Massachusetts learns about civics by engaging in a student-led nonpartisan civic project with their peers.

  • Fostering civic engagement:

    • Host community coffees to speak to different residents rotating within the wards

    • Diversify city boards and commissions 

    • Build relationships with immigrant community and provide multilingual resources


  • Enhancing downtown and investing in small business: 

    • Partner with the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce, Marlborough Economic Development Corporation and local BNI chapter

    • Survey residents about what shops they would like added to downtown 

    • Increase use of public art to create mural sequences downtown to celebrate our history

    • Support development of our new library and anchor it as a community space to draw more people to downtown


  • Increasing environmental sustainability: 

    • Reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions

    • More renewable energy such as solar on municipal buildings

    • Add bike lanes and public transportation options 

    • Increase recycling and education on what can be recycled in our city


  • Protecting open space: 

    • Support maintenance of trails throughout Marlborough

    • Protect remaining green and open space in the city for future generations in collaboration with Conservation Commission

    • Creation of a city dog park given large interest from residents

    • More connections to downtown and bike trail

    • Preserve and protect watersheds to wetland and water resource areas as noted in the city’s open space plan


  • Supporting our schools: 

    • Frequent attendance at School Committee and school events

    • Emphasis on project based and civic education in our schools

    • Support professional development for teachers, especially early career to increase retention

    • Additional language services for English Language Learners


  • Ensuring public infrastructure maintenance: 

    • Fiscal responsibility when taking on new projects and seeking out additional funding at the state level to support road projects

    • Using strong commercial tax base and high bond rating to reinvest in our community (our people, businesses, public spaces)

    • Securing a fire station on the west side

    • Promote efficient road repairs

    • Push for traffic assessments to decrease speeding in residential areas


  • Promoting human services and resources for seniors: 

    • Ensure housing at all income levels as 25.9% of home owners are cost burdened by housing (more than 35% of income)

    • Increased mental health resources 

    • Collaborate with local businesses for more financial literacy training for residents

    • Increased local food pantry access

    • Programs to support seniors who want to stay in their homes

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Marlborough, MA 01752

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