READ – Anne Landry has formalized what many suspected. Landry announced on Sunday that she would not be running for re-election to the Reading Select Board.
Landry, who was elected in 2019 along with Mark Dockser, cited “increased personal and professional responsibilities” in a nearly 600-word statement to the community. Dockser has already filed his nomination papers and will seek re-election. He will compete for two board seats with Nancy Tawadros and Jackie McCarthy. There could be others. Any other person wishing to run for the Board of Directors has until February 15 to submit their candidacy.
The reading election, which includes members of the municipal assembly, library board, moderator, municipal lighting council, select council and school committee, will take place on April 5.
Here is Landry’s statement:
I am optimistic about the future of Reading.
For the past three years, I have had the great privilege of serving Reading as a member of your Board of Directors. During this time, we have prepared the city for future success in several ways: maintaining a strong financial position, adapting government service delivery and protecting public health in the face of a global pandemic, funding additional mental health services in in light of a burgeoning society-wide mental health crisis and creating the position of Chief Health Officer to address the public health needs of the community.
Over the past few months, I have been especially grateful to have been given the responsibility of chairing the CEO Selection Committee and leading the Board’s search for a new CEO. This search resulted in the unanimous selection of the board of Fidel Maltez to lead the community as the new CEO, and I couldn’t be happier with our choice.
Throughout my tenure, fostering a welcoming and inclusive community has been a top priority, one that predated, but has certainly become sharper with, our recent and overdue national racial reckoning. I am particularly proud of the leadership role I played in co-chairing an ad hoc committee that led to the creation and funding of the position of Director of Equity and Social Justice for the City, as well as the groundwork I laid down writing a pride month proclamation. and hold a first Pride Flag raising on the Town Common in 2021. At our last meeting, the council voted to update staff policies to recognize the June 16 holiday.
When the community comes together in June to raise the pride flag again and recognize Juneteenth, I look forward to being there with all of you – as a member of the public. Given my growing personal and professional responsibilities and the significant investment of time and energy required to serve as a restricted member of the Board, I cannot commit to an additional three years on the Board at this time.
I will not be seeking re-election to the select board this year. There remains important work on behalf of the city, particularly around diversity, equity and inclusion work, and I look forward to continuing that work and continuing to serve my community as an assembly member. municipal enclosure 5.
I am deeply grateful for the support I received throughout this community during two fierce campaigns in 2018 and 2019, and for the opportunity the voters gave me in 2019 to serve you as a member of your Council. of directors – truly one of the great honors of my life. It won’t be easy to walk away, but I do so with a deep sense of optimism for the future of Reading, a heart full of gratitude for this community and a willingness to continue the work, just from a different view.
I would be remiss if I did not conclude by saying (and as I write this, my heart is, indeed, full):