Autumn in the North Cemetery.

Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?

These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.

Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...

...seems to be working so far

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Announcement of Candidacy

Editors Note--The following is an Announcement of Candidacy from a Sturbridge resident. No endorsement is made of any candidate that chooses to announce their plans for candidacy on these pages. This is posted as a public service. This does not rule out that the editor may endorse a particular candidate(s) at some later date.

March 6, 2009

Announcement of Candidacy

It is with great pleasure that I announce my candidacy for re-election to the Sturbridge Board of Selectmen. I am proud of my record of accomplishment for the last three years but also recognize that a great deal of work remains to be done.

There are a number of projects that I would like to pursue to their completion – the new Burgess elementary school, the renovation of town hall and Center School, the expansion of the waste water treatment plant, the development of new ball fields and playgrounds, the further development of infrastructure for ecotourism, and streamlining the processing for attracting new businesses in town as well as supporting the existing ones.

I care about the quality of life, the continued excellence of local public education, and keeping down the cost of living and of doing business in Sturbridge. It is crucial, though, especially in these difficult economic times, that we continue to invest in the support services that will allow us to grow.

After the last Special Town Meeting, I was approached with requests from all parts of our community that I run again in order to continue to offer a balanced perspective and be a voice for citizen concerns that were not reflected by the other candidates. And while the pressures of having small children and maintaining a career are many, Lindsay and I realize that it is also very important for all of us to contribute to our community.

It has been a privilege to serve on the Board of Selectmen, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know all people I’ve worked with. I hope that the voters of Sturbridge will continue to entrust me with the responsibility of helping guide the town in these challenging times.

Ted Goodwin


  1. Thank goodness!

  2. Thank you Ted Goodwin for reconsidering and choosing to seek another term as Selectman. Sturbridge needs a candidate of your character, intelligence and devotion to Sturbridge. Thank you.

  3. At last we have a candidate that has the best interests of the town in his heart. Unfortunately, the other candidates seem more inclined to pursue a narrow radical agenda. Mr. Goodwin seems to be the only choice for voters who want the town to be guided in an intelligent and responsible manner.

  4. Good luck Ted. We are glad to have you serve the PEOPLE of Sturbridge. You have done a great job. You seem to have a knack for bringing different groups together and trying to reach an agreement that is suitable to all.
    Vote for Ted he is intelligent,a good man with family values and commitment to the whole community. He serves no special interest groups and is fair and understanding to all. PLease vote for Ted!

  5. I watched the debate and I agree about Mr. Goodwin. I was pleasantly surprised with my 2nd vote candidate.

    Nice job.

    √ Goodwin
    √ Gimas

  6. Good job with your bulleted list of accomplishments Mr. Goodwin. I have yet to see that from other candidates. You got my vote!


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