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Getting to know the candidates: Tom Clay


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Editor’s note: Select Board Vice Chair Tom Clay serves on the WestfordCAT Board of Directors and serves as WestfordCAT’s liaison to the Select Board. WestfordCAT News maintains editorial independence and this relationship does not impact our reporting.

WESTFORD — WestfordCAT reached out to each candidate running in the Annual Town Election. Candidates were given the same exact questions and were encouraged to answer them how they saw fit. 

Tom Clay is an incumbent on the Select Board. He is running for reelection for one of two open seats on the board.

Experience and Education

Tom is a Chief Executive Officer of a Boston area technology company and has a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Princeton University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Prior to his career in business, Tom served as an Army Ranger in the U.S. Army.

He has also served on a number of non profit and for profit boards.

Past/Present Municipal Experience

Tom has previously served on the School Committee. He has served two terms on the Westford Select Board and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Select Board.

He has served on a number of town committees and task forces that have studied tax rates, first responder staffing levels and school safety.

Volunteer participation, community involvement 

Tom is active with the First Parish Church’s outreach and social action committees. He serves on the board of Westford Community Access Television.

What should voters know about you? 

“I’m focused on building coalitions to study Westford’s changing needs and finding ways to grow and adapt our town resources and services to meet these needs.  I’ve worked extensively in start up companies and am not put off by challenges and set backs,” Clay wrote in an email to WestfordCAT.

Why do you believe voters should choose you?

“I believe I can work as part of a team to help Westford’s government grow and change.  At this point I have the knowledge and experience to be effective on existing and emerging challenges,” Clay wrote.

“I have enjoyed working with a diverse set of colleagues in a non-partisan environment – if it makes sense for the residents of Westford, we can get it done.”

If elected, what impact do you hope to make? 

Clay noted he is interested in diversity, sustainability and community mental health.
“We have established a very impressive Diversity Equity and Inclusion committee in Westford, and I would like to team up with them and the School Committee to select an area of focus for the coming year that we can explore town wide.  An example could be hiring, development and retention of school and town staff,” he wrote.
He continued, “we have witnessed a shift towards a commitment to sustainability in all our town actions, and I would like to support further progress there.  One area for improvement is how we address trash and recycling in town – we generate more waste than many of our neighbors and a combination of public education, resources and policy changes could make a big different.”
Clay said his work on the Town and School Safety Task Force found the greatest risks to town safety were substance use disorder, domestic violence and mental health related issues. He believes work on this task force has lead to increased availability of resources for residents.
“We have since made a number of recommendations in these areas for the town to pursue.  We now have additional mental health resources at the town level and I’d like to support further public outreach and engagement to make sure everyone is aware of and can access these new resources,” he wrote.

Candidate’s Minute

Candidates were offered the opportunity to record a two to five minute Candidate’s Minute with WestfordCAT.

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Ben Domaingue
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Ben Domaingue has previously worked at newspapers in New Hampshire and is the Managing Editor covering Westford. He’s passionate about community journalism, photography and hiking. Email him at bdomaingue@westfordcat.org.

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