The Roundup sent questionnaires to every candidate in Bristol and Burlington for this year’s municipal election. In an effort to properly inform voters, their answers are unedited. The goal is to give the candidates the opportunity to offer their thoughts on issues directly to their constitutes. In return, it gives voters the opportunity to formulate their own decisions on what they have to say.
Next up is JP Parente for Planning and Zoning Commission in Burlington.
What are your most pressing issues?
We have some old regulations that need to be addressed, we have a Central Business Zone that needs to be propped up, and we need to adapt to new business types and new types of housing without losing our character.
How do your thoughts and ideas differ from your opponent(s)?
Respectfully, I don’t think that’s a fair question to ask. Our commission does a great job of leaving affiliations at the door and working together. I don’t want to jeopardize that or slam anyone. I can tell you that I have over a decade of experience writing standard work and process documents. For the same amount of time, I’ve been leading teams tasked with continuous improvement projects. I’ve been an internal auditor for most of the companies I’ve worked for, too. I’ve done all this in various fields including electronics, maritime, aerospace, and defense industries. These are industries where process and language matter. You have to be clear about your intent, much like town regulations need to be. I feel I can continue to bring these skills to the table, and work with everyone on the commission to help our town adapt to changing times and needs without alienating our past or our residents.
I was appointed to fill a vacancy for my first term. I was elected for my second term. I’m seeking a third term because I am still eager to contribute to our community, because I want to make sure our regulations are updated in the town’s best interest, and because I feel like we are just getting started. It would be a shame to walk away now. If anyone is interested, they can follow along with me and my ideas on my page at Facebook.com/Parente2017BOE. My contact information is there, too. I’m happy to have a conversation.
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