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Working to make Wakefield stronger. 

 

MEET JULIE

Committed to a strong future for Wakefield that is livable, sustainable, and inclusive. 

In 2018, Wakefield voters elected me to the newly renamed Town Council.  Since then, I have worked hard to make decisions that make our town stronger and more resilient.

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VISION

Balancing residential and business needs ensures that Wakefield remains a desirable and livable community. It is imperative that we understand the benefits and implications of development by having a robust dialogue around our vision for the town.  This dialogue must consider increased pressures for affordable housing, multi-modal transportation and the ability to respond to climate change. As Councilor, I have supported a comprehensive visioning initiative starting in early 2021.  I have also supported the addition of two new positions, a Communications Director hired in 2018 and a Community and Economic Development Director hired in late 2020.  Both positions are key to developing and communicating programs beneficial to all.

Environmental stewardship is inextricably linked to Wakefield’s ability to develop and maintain a strong economic and social future. The Lake is more than just Wakefield’s most famous natural landmark, it is a place where people come together.  It is critical that we preserve and protect our lakes and open spaces while also taking steps to combat the climate crisis.  As Councilor, I spearheaded the establishment of the  Environmental Sustainability Committee, helped secure funding for the town's first municipal solar installation and successfully advocated for public electric vehicle charging stations.  I serve as liaison to the Wakefield Municipal Gas and Light Department where I encourage the adoption of climate-frendly energy planning and infrastructure.

As Wakefield becomes increasingly diverse, we must remain a welcoming and accepting community.   Our children deserve great schools and educational resources designed to prepare them for success in a complex and ever-changing world.  We owe our older residents gratitude for creating the town that we enjoy today through programs like the Senior Discount Tax Program that keeps home ownership accessible and affordable.  Inclusivity extends far beyond finances.  It includes combating bias and promoting inclusion by words, deeds, and actions. As a Councilor, I have worked closely with WAKE-Up, first responders and  other organizations to ensure we have compassionate, effective programs in place to support our most vulnerable neighbors.

 
 

NEWS & EVENTS

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Office hours are tougher during COVID restrictions, so please feel free to reach out directly if you would like to arrange a time to talk. 

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©2020 by Committee to Elect Julie Smith-Galvin