TO THE EDITOR:
I would like to begin by offering my thanks to First Selectwoman Nestor, Selectman Grozinger, and the town of Weston for giving me this chance to serve on the Board of Selectmen.
I am humbled and honored by this opportunity and the faith you have put in me. Know that I am wholeheartedly committed to earning this distinction by working hard, communicating with our neighbors, and ensuring that our town government meets the needs of our residents.
This has all happened so quickly and I was expecting my first challenge to be at the ballot box. Luckily I had my two daughters to really drive the point home. When I told them I was going to be appointed to the Board of Selectmen their eyes lit up. Never did I think little girls would be so invested in municipal government!
Their emotions cemented what I knew to be true from the start: this job and the people who occupy it play an integral role for our town. Know that I welcome the gravity of this responsibility and that I approach this new role with the utmost dedication to seeing it done well.
I would be remiss to gloss over the fact that I am the first BLACK selectman to serve on Weston’s BOS in the town’s history.
Yet again I am truly grateful and humbled by this opportunity and know this choice to be consistent with Weston’s character: a town that is bold, that chooses leaders who will make things happen, and that views the status quo only as a benchmark to surpass on our collective way to greater things.
And here is what really is important to me — I hope that my service on the Board might allow not just my kids but all of our town’s children and neighbors to know that leaders come in all shapes and colors and that good leadership is hard-fought, collaborative, effective, responsive, and — most of all — authentic.
Our little town has given me the chance. I promise I will not let you all down. I will work on what most, if not all, of us want — better infrastructure, an active and aesthetically appealing town center, common sense amenities, and schools that are inclusive and trend upwards — all the while being fiscally shrewd.
Please do not hesitate to reach out if you would like to chat. You will be able to find my contact information on the town’s website. I look forward to further introducing myself to the town in the days and weeks to come and getting to work.
— Martin Mohabeer
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