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Tim Harris for Medway Select Board

Tim Harris is running for one of two seats available on the Medway Select Board to be decided at the May town election. Harris has lived in Medway with his wife Leanne for over 20 years. Here, they have raised their five children (the last is about to graduate from Medway High School) and two foster children. Harris grew up in Lowell. His young family lived in Natick right before moving to Medway in 2001. “We chose Medway after an exhaustive search for a community with an outstanding school district and a small-town rural setting,” he says, adding his family was overwhelmed by the friendliness of his neighbors and the sense of pride everyone has in town. “We immediately felt we were part of this wonderful community,” he says. Harris has been giving back ever since. He has volunteered many hours as a baseball and basketball coach, has served as a committee member for the recently-constructed Department of Public Works facility, and currently serves as Chairman of the Facility Review Committee and the New Water Treatment Facility Committee. “As part of these committees, I have evaluated and assessed programs, including short and longterm needs and environmental concerns and solutions. Most importantly, these committees listen to stakeholders and consider the needs and concerns of those who utilize the facilities,” says Harris. “In the next few years, I believe the Town of Medway will need strong leadership to guide us through the postpandemic period and its corresponding financial challenges. This will be critical to assure that the outstanding services currently being provided – such as education, law enforcement and first responders, and town infrastructure -- continue to be supported,” he says. In his professional career, Harris has spent 30 years in the construction business managing projects with budgets between $150 million and $300 million. He is responsible for negotiating contracts, staying within budgets, managing large teams of staff and subcontractors, providing consistent and transparent communication between stakeholders, and creating efficient training and operating procedures. Harris has also applied his professional experience to the public sector where he has conducted training programs for minority-, women- and veteranowned businesses; he then serves as a mentor to the participants. He has also participated in the New Jersey Re-entry Program teaching reformed prisoners construction skills and providing potential employment opportunities. “I firmly believe everyone deserves a second chance,” he says. Harris believes all of his experience qualifies him for a seat on the Select Board. “I love the Town of Medway and I want to give back for future generations and I now have the time to do it,” says Harris. “I believe the town can come together to become an even more cohesive community that is welcoming, kind and inclusive, because we already exhibit these qualities. I am very certain we can set aside partisan differences and work toward common goals. This approach will benefit every member of our community and I am prepared to work with those with differing opinions to achieve this.” Finally, Harris wants to thank retiring Select Board member John Foresto for his many years of service to the town. “Over the years, John has provided a tremendous amount of leadership on the Select Board and experience on several great projects including Choate Park, Route 109 construction, and the current Water Treatment Facility Project. His contributions are greatly appreciated.” For more information on Tim Harris and his candidacy, visit his Facebook page @TimHarris4Medway or contact him at [email protected] or 774-277-0127. Paid for by committee to elect Tim harris