Dear Friends and Neighbors,
As a proud member of the Saugus community for the last 18 years, I have decided to step up my involvement by actively participating in our local government. My name is Matthew Parlante, and my commitment to the well-being of our town has motivated me to represent you in two significant capacities: Precinct 2 Town Meeting Member and the Charter Commission.
As a father, United States Marine, Firefighter/EMT, and founding board member of a non-profit organization dedicated to aiding individuals in early recovery from substance use disorder, I bring a fresh and unbiased perspective to the table, centered in a community-focused approach. I am not entering this race to engage in finger-pointing or take any sides. Instead, I come to this race with a commitment to collaborate and create solutions.
I’m getting involved to help. It is my position that a review of our current charter is an opportunity: it can help distinguish what doesn’t work for our town anymore from what could work better for the residents. People have expressed their dissatisfaction with the current status and want some action. Over 4,000 residents signed a petition in favor of a charter review and we should not ignore their voices nor the opportunity to see what’s possible. My priorities on the Charter Commission will be to bring transparency and your input to the review process and to make sure our community values are reflected in our official documents while ensuring that the place we call home reaches its fullest potential.
I strongly believe that now, more than ever, our community needs dedicated, accessible and proactive representation in our town. Saugus is facing some pressing issues today, including effectively managing the integration of migrant families into our community, restoring confidence in our local school system, and addressing the ongoing building occurring under the 40B process which permits development without the input of town hall or the community.
I’m ready to get to work but I can’t do it alone — I need your insights and support. In the coming weeks, I will be visible and available to speak with the residents of our town to listen and get your perspectives, and I will stay that way once elected. Stay informed by visiting the Facebook page: “Committee to Elect Matthew Parlante.”
I’m grateful for the opportunity to be of service to our community and would appreciate your vote in the November 7th election for Precinct Two Town Meeting Member and the Charter Commission. Together, we can shape the future of our remarkable town.
Candidate for Precinct 2 Town Meeting Member & the Charter Commission