Carole Julius -- East Bridgewater Selectman
A New Voice for East Bridgewater!
I am honored to represent the people of East Bridgewater as a member of the Board of Selectmen. I will do my best to bring a positive voice to local politics. I am so proud to call East Bridgewater my home and I am convinced that while we come from diverse backgrounds and have different ideas, we are truly connected by our love for this community. It is that love of community that has prompted me to take on the responsibility of elected office.
Whether you are a long time resident or new to the town of East Bridgewater, I want to provide you with a voice on the Board of Selectman because I know that together we can make East Bridgewater a wonderful place to live, work and learn.
Productive working relationships between the Board of Selectmen, School Committee, Finance Committee and other boards in town are essential. It is up to the selectmen to set a positive tone for all discourse and to be respectful of the different ideas and backgrounds our employees, elected officials and residents bring to the table.
I believe in open communication and complete transparency between the Board of Selectmen and the residents of East Bridgewater. Meetings must be posted according to the Open Meeting Law and those meetings should be held at consistent and regular times to encourage citizen participation, while also being broadcast live on EBCAM whenever possible. Agendas, meeting minutes, and documents pertaining to town finances, budgets, audits and more should be readily available to interested citizens. As a selectman I would work hard to ensure this type of transparency and make decisions based on the will of the people of East Bridgewater.
Our town website needs to be updated and enhanced so that it’s accessible to residents from both computers and mobile devices. Documents should be easy to locate, budgets from town departments should be readily available, bills should be able to be paid online, and job vacancies should be posted. Information pertaining to upcoming events and meetings should be promoted, applications for permits and special licenses should be downloadable, and meeting agendas and minutes should be accessible with the click of a button.
I am open to encouraging new businesses to grow in East Bridgewater in order to alleviate the burden on the local tax payer, but I also recognize that our distance from the highway creates a challenge for our town. I believe we can attract and encourage small businesses to operate in our community and that these businesses can provide goods and services that will be valuable to our citizens and make East Bridgewater a more vibrant place to live. Supporting the businesses that already exist in our town goes hand in hand with this and I firmly support trading locally whenever possible.
Get to Know Carole Julius
I first came to East Bridgewater in 1988 when I began working at the public library, and I became a resident of the town over 20 years ago when I married my husband, Dale. The four children we raised together are all graduates of the East Bridgewater Public School system and our two adult daughters are living here in our community.
I am the Director of Library Services and Elder Affairs for the Town of Carver and have over 35 years of public sector experience with 25 of those years as a department head. I have been a member of the Kiwanis Club of East Bridgewater for 9 years and am a Distinguished Past President as well as the current secretary. I serve on the Old Colony Elder Services Board of Directors and I am Treasurer of the SAILS Library Network. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree from Wheaton College and a Master’s Degree in Library & Information Studies from the University of Rhode Island. I have extensive experience with creating budgets, working through the local budget process, following open meeting law regulations, negotiating contracts, and collaborating with department heads, boards and town administrators.
I believe in transparency for town government and I think that my integrity, honesty and experience can bring about positive change for the town.
Contact Carole Julius
I would love to answer your questions, talk about the issues in town which concern you, and hear your ideas for ways to make positive changes in East Bridgewater. Interested in volunteering to help the campaign committee? Or perhaps you’d like a sign for your yard?
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