Terra Friedrichs

& her local work in
Acton, Massachusetts

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Citizen Support

 Letters to the Editor, sent to the Acton Beacon [not all got published...these are the ones we know of]

  • "If you desire a healthy, just, transparent, democratically-run, and sustainable Acton..."
  • "We need Terra's strong courageous voice"

Please join me in supporting Terra Friedrichs for Selectman.

At a time when we have plenty of calm and measured voices in town government, we need Terra's strong, courageous voice.

At a time when we are exceeding our water limits, and our town leadership looks the other way, Terra has a history of
boldly speaking out to protect our water supply. She helped start the Water Resources Advisory Committee, and convinced
local volunteer scientists to participate. WRAC is now taking the lead in town to help us engage in in-depth water
planning.

Terra does the research necessary so that our community can understand the difference between rhetoric and reality. The
current Board has little scientific or business background. Terra has both. As an engineer, she understands how critical
it is to engage in science-based planning. And as a business person, she knows how to stand tough against developers
and others who seek to profit from our complacency.

When last a selectperson, Terra was the lone voice--- until others listened and joined her--standing firm against the
establishment of a “big box” daycare chain which would have been an unsustainable travesty on our own Main Street and
destroyed small Acton daycares. When I worked with Terra to defend due process for Acton immigrants, it was she alone
who did the behind-the-scenes careful legal research that resulted in Acton's current protections, something that also
would not have been possible without Terra’s consensus-building she engaged in with diverse groups that made up the
entire political spectrum. Calm can be a good thing. But we also need people who will stand up and speak truth to power.

If you desire a healthy, just, transparent, democratically-run, and sustainable Acton,
please vote for Terra on March 27th.

Danny Factor 
11 Davis Rd.
#A5 Acton

  • "Terra is concerned with environmental and human rights issues"

We are writing in support of Terra Friedrichs for Acton Board of Selectmen. 

We have seen Terra in action for many years and know her to be a hard-working and dedicated advocate for our town.
Terra is concerned with environmental and human rights issues. She is a person who cares for all people. Terra is in
support of deed restricting in order to ensure that already existing low income housing stays, rather than building
higher priced townhouses with so-called low income limits. These limits are often middle income. Terra has a lot of
knowledge about our town government, and about our town's many resources and services. The future of water in
Acton is a pressing issue that Terra has been studying closely.

We need the energy and leadership of Terra Friedrichs on the Board of Selectmen.

Karen Boutet
Alan Nidle
67 Hammond St.
Acton, MA 01720


  • "a brilliant and successful strategist"
  • "focus on water and sustainability is critical"
  • "tireless for her quest for understanding the issues and the facts"
Dear Editor, 

Terra Friedrichs is an unusual person and Acton is fortunate to have her. I say this because of all the places in the
world she as a brilliant and successful strategist might choose to live and work she has chosen Acton. Her love for
this town has been our boon. As a doctor, I feel like Terra's focus on water and sustainability is critical at this
point in time. Her number one concern in every area is what is best for the people Acton, what Acton wants for the
future. She is tireless in her quest for understanding the issues and the facts. She digs deep into the questions
of our town government. Her understanding of the problems facing the town is well-grounded, her solutions to our
problems is visionary. I support Terra Friedrichs for Selectman.

Gene Beresin, MD, MA
80 School Street
Acton, MA 01720


  • "the only candidate standing against this water grab by Concord"

Concord is trying to get Acton to give up its right to assert its right to Nagog Pond for 20 years. Terra Friedrichs is
the only candidate for selectman standing against this water grab by Concord. We need her behind the table, because
Acton is likely need that water too. The Assabet Valley Green Rainbow Party has endorsed Terra, and they rarely endorse
local candidates.

Paul Elliot
Willow Street

        
        
        
  • "asking hard questions"
  • "a compelling choice"   
NOT AT ALL BUSINESS AS USUAL! 
To the Editor of the Beacon:

Dear Actonians, this year's Board of Selectmen election is very far from business as usual. If you pick one year to get
involved in town government, this is the one. The town's future water supply, yes both quality and quantity, are at
stake. Your vote has very important long term implications for the town's ability to provide good quality of life for
all residents planning to be here five, ten, or twenty years in the future.

Terra Friedrichs has taken the courageous stance of asking hard questions about Concord's intentions relative to Acton's Nagog Pond water resource, and of concluding that she needs to take a stand OPPOSING caving in to Concord's demands.
Whereas her opponent has gone on record supporting Concord's water grab.

The current Board of Selectmen, in deliberations conducted almost totally in secret ("Executive session") has agreed to
a set of conditions totally one sided toward the town of Concord, and greatly reducing Acton's water resources options
for the next twenty years. Only by electing an independent and courageous voice that is willing to look beyond
expediency, will the long term interests of Acton be served (namely Terra Friedrichs.)

Terra can come across as a difficult skeptic at times. I have found, though, that over the past four years, Terra has
taken to heart the need to be collaborative and constructive in her efforts with the Town. Her insight into the
economic and quality of life tradeoffs in town, together with her willingness to insist on transparency of information
so all of us citizens can know what is happening in Town Hall and what our choices are, to me make her a compelling
choice.

I will be voting for Terra, because I am confident that she will do her best to protect the town's water, quality of
life, and open spaces for all of us in the near future and for future generations.

I urge your participation in this year's election.

Ron Beck
80 Esterbrook Road
Acton

  • "I have learned to appreciate her innate intelligence, tireless efforts... and fearless attitude"
Having known Terra since her prior tenure at the BoS, I have learned to appreciate her innate intelligence, tireless
efforts in upholding the interests of Acton's residents, and her fearless attitude toward the "establishment" at every governmental level throughout the years. Terra has a vast stash of knowledge about the inner workings of, and connections between a multitude of government and non-gov entities. She keeps herself apprised of all the latest developments that could help or hurt us, dedicates just about all her time and effort to fighting for laudable causes, and asks nothing in return except support from us citizens to bring her efforts to fruition. Patience and forbearance used to not be her strongest suits, as some may remember, but she is very aware of that now and has come a long way in that regard during the past several years. I am ready to give her another try because I think we would all benefit from somebody like Terra 'on Board' at this time.
Ro Pinto 43 Hammond St


                
                
                
  • "Her knowledge of planning strategies...are of critical importance for the future"

                    
                    
                    

I support Terra Friedrichs for Selectman. Over the last 20 years, Ms. Friedrichs has advocated for the Town of Acton and its preservation, planning, and financial well-being. Having lived in Acton for the last 11 years, I’ve watched Terra use her professional business/technical skills to identify issues otherwise unnoticed or unchallenged by other committees, town staff, and elected officials. While waving a red flag that things “aren’t right” is often a solitary -
many times irritating - endeavor, Terra has been a dogged champion who has repeatedly been on target in her assessments.

Her knowledge of planning strategies for Acton’s financial stability, building and conservation planning, affordable housing and water sustainability are of critical importance for the future of our town and quality of life.

I whole-heartedly support re-electing Terra Friedrichs to the Board of Selectmen, knowing she will act on behalf of Acton’s citizens to better understand the vulnerable aspects of our planning and to strategize solutions that will help us move forward as an informed body.

Respectfully submitted,

Leigh Davis Honn
105 School Street
978-263-4301

[[disclosure: Leigh is a former member of Acton's Planning Board and Acton's Economic Development Committee. Leigh served with Terra on the development of the Acton2020 Plan]]

  • "I feel confident that she will bring both integrity and activism to the Board."

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I am voting for Terra Friedrichs for Board of Selectmen member because I have come to understand that there will be a
future water problem in Acton if we don't address this issue today.  Currently there are no mechanics in place to factor in water availability as we plan for the future growth of our town. 

In fact, it is the only issue that has been consistently overlooked by town government and the BoS.I know that Terra
shares my concerns, and I feel confidant that she will bring both integrity and activism to the Board.

Sincerely, 

Nancy Lenicheck
24 Windsor Ave
978-857-6908
[[disclosure: Nancy is Terra's (wonderful!) Step-mum of over 30 years]]

 

  • "Terra will protect Acton's Character!"

Terra will protect Acton's Character According to the citizen surveys conducted on behalf of the Acton 2020 Master Plan 
Committee, a vast majority of Acton residents indicated they wanted to preserve town character. This can be accomplished in many ways – one of which is design review of proposed commercial, multi-family and civic developments.

It is important to get the right development in the right place to promote preservation of the character that makes
Acton special, if not unique. Terra Friedrichs not only understands this but has actively promoted design review and
participated in the review processes of many developments over her many years as an Acton resident and previous
Selectman.

Additionally, as water use in Acton becomes a critical issue, she will advocate for use of this important asset as a
fundamental planning tool. This is not to say that I, as an architect member of the Design Review Board and chair of
the Historic District Commission agree with all of Terra’s positions but through our differences in philosophy, ideas
and perspectives we, as a town, can develop our best ideas and our best future. Terra Friedrichs embodies this
democratic process as she raises difficult questions not to be difficult but to arrive collectively at the best answers.

I believe that with her invaluable previous Selectman experience in both the design review area, along with her
understanding of the need for economic development, she is the right person for the position for our next three years.

I support the re-election of Terra Friedrichs for Acton Board of Selectmen.

David Honn
105 School Street
[[disclosure: David is a professional architect a member of Acton's Design Review Board, and Chair of Acton's Historic
District Commission. He wrote to the Beacon as a private citizen]]

  • "She knows how our town operates well, and more importantly where we don't operate well."

    "She brings diversity to the board"
Please vote for Terra Friedrichs for Selectman. She is not just another concerned citizen. She attends many selectman
meetings and has been a very actively involved citizen. She has been on numerous town committees as well as serving as
a selectman. She knows how our town operates and more importantly where we don't operate well.

She also brings diversity to the board. She is not an attorney like her opponent. We do not need another attorney on the board.There are already 2 and that is enough.

Terra is a charter member of The Water Resources Advisory Committee and  has been on the Economic Development Committee
among others. She is concerned about too much buildout while fully supporting the 40b affordable housing programs.
She has always been a staunch supporter of our schools,having gone through our school system while living her entire
adult life in Acton.

You would be hard pressed to find anyone more committed to the quality of life in Acton.

Full disclosure, I'm her Dad also a former selectman. Please vote for Terra.

Thank You
Wayne Friedrichs [Hi Dad! T]
24 Windsor Ave
Acton
978 263 1557




Dear Editor, Terra Friedrichs is an unusual person and Acton is fortunate to have her. I say this because of all the
places in the world she as a brilliant and successful strategist might choose to live and work she has chosen Acton.
Her love for this town has been our boon. I have worked with Terra on the Historic District Commission, the village
land group, and on other issues. Her number one concern in every area is what is best for the people Acton, what
Acton wants for the future. She is tireless in her quest for understanding the issues and the facts. She digs deep
into the questions of our town government. Her understanding of the problems facing the town is well-grounded, her
solutions to our problems is visionary. I support Terra Friedrichs for Selectman.

Michaela Moran
80 School Street
[Michaela was the longstanding Chair of the Acton Historic District Commission. She's also a real estate agent]
   

  • We need her strong voice again to help guide the town..."

Dear Editor:

For some years it was my privilege to work with Terra Friedrichs on the Acton town commission level and after her first
election to the Board of Selectmen. She was always a spirited, knowledgeable official, one of the best-informed around.

She champions open, honest government and constituents’ views to an unusual degree. Her dedication to retaining as much
as we can of Acton’s remaining charm and character while moving forward has always impressed me. Please vote to return
Terra to the Board of Selectmen—we need her strong voice again to help guidethe town to a better future.

Brian Bendig
74 Nagog Hill Road


Terra's opponent started "running" over 8 months ago. Terra only jumped in a few weeks ago when she realized that the
Board of Selectmen was not going to protect our water without more strong voices on the Board. So she's got some catching up to do to get letters-to-the-editor in time! If you want to write one, please let us know! VoteForTerra@gmail.com


Please come back soon, as we post updates!

The following letters were from Terra's Board of Selectmen campaign in 2011. We keep them here for historical purposes, and so you can see the support she's had in prior years, too!

Three Candidates - Two Seats - Your Vote Will Decide
The Acton town elections are next Tuesday, March 29th 2011.

There are three candidates for the two seats on the Board of Selectmen.  Your vote will decide the winners.

I am voting for Terra Friedrichs.   Terra is completely dedicated to making Acton a better place to live.  She knows this town -- thoroughly.  She has strong opinions and does not hesitate to express them (not always at the right time) but she does listen and respects other people's views.  I know that from personal experience  -- Terra and I agree on a lot of things and have disagreed on almost as many.

Terra spends the proverbial countless hours on "town business", does a lot of her own research, is always thinking about the long-range changes that Acton will experience, has understood some of the problems that we will have to resolve (unfunded liabilities, for example) much sooner than most people, offers solutions.

Terra not only deserves to be re-elected, we need Terra.

Please vote next Tuesday.  For Terra.

Charlie Kedlec

Acton

Charlie is an Acton finance expert and a long-time financial watchdog.  He is the Co-Founder of the Acton Voter's Group.  Charlies was recently nominated to the Board of Directors of the Acton-Boxborough United Way.

Re-elect Terra Friedrichs to the Board of Selectmen

All the candidates for Board of Selectmen are kind, generous, sweet, thrifty, brave, obedient, cheerful, etc. However, Selectwoman Terra Friedrichs has distinguished herself by her drive to make decisions based on facts and analysis. This is particularly apparent in her participation in the Comprehensive Community Plan, Acton 2020, and deliberations concerning affordable housing, budgets, and open space. She is a pleasure to work with, more so if you have done your homework by marshalling and analyzing facts ahead of time. I find her having her ducks in a row and making decisions based on evidence both refreshing and highly desirable characteristics for someone making decisions about how to spend my money. Please re-elect Selectwoman Terra Friedrichs.

Brandy Brandon
5 Parmley Drive


Brandy is a sitting member of the Finance Committee, member of the Phase 1 Master Planning committee, registered Republican and a professional economist.

 

Terra Plays A Crucial Role

Dear Editor,

Terra Friedrichs plays a key role in our town government.  She has no personal axe to grind and works tirelessly on all of our behalf. Terra treats a very part time job as her full time occupation. As a result she is very often able to dig out the important facts and information that we are all entitled to have in making town decisions. She has constantly worked on behalf of fair and honest decision making. This has been nowhere so apparent as on the subject of water resources. She has made it her business to understand a complex issue in a way that few Acton officials have.  She has been insistent on getting facts transparently to Acton citizens. I have not on every occasion agreed with Terra's conclusions, but I am delighted that her involvement has been the catalyst for greater transparency and better decisions.

I support Terra for Selectman for her dedication, her ethics, her open mindedness, and most important her experience in this difficult time.

Ron Beck
80 Esterbrook Road

Ron is currently serving as Chair of Acton’s Water Resources Advisory Committee and is considered an expert in this field.

 

 
Transparency, Truth and TCO

Dear Editor,

I was happy to learn that Terra Friedrichs has decided to run for re-election to the Acton Board of Selectmen.  Since her initial election as a Selectman, Terra has consistently asked many of the tough questions that need to be answered so that the citizens of Acton learn more about the issues prior to making a reasoned decision.  I have been impressed that she strives to provide the three T’s of: Transparency, Truth and TCO (total cost of ownership).

Terra has demonstrated her interest and dedication to managing Acton’s growth while maintaining its character and open space, and protecting our town’s water resources.

I support Terra Friedrichs election as Selectman.

Barry Rosen
Acton, MA

 

Barry currently serves on Acton’s Water Resources Advisory Committee and on the Acton Water District’s Land Use Study Group.

 

Understanding is Well-grounded

 

Dear Editor,

Terra Friedrichs is an unusual person and Acton is fortunate to have her. I say this because of all the places in the world she as a brilliant and successful strategist might choose to live and work she has chosen Acton. Her love for this town has been our boon.

I have worked with Terra on the Historic District Commission, the village land group, and on other issues. Her number one concern in every area is what is best for the people Acton, what Acton wants for the future. She is tireless in her quest for understanding the issues and the facts. She digs deep into the questions of our town government. Her understanding of the problems facing the town is well-grounded, her solutions to our problems is visionary.

I support Terra Friedrichs for Selectman.

 

 

Michaela Moran
80 School Street

 

Michaela is currently serving as Vice-Chair and member of the Historic District Commission, Real Estate Agent, mother/grandmother, registered Democrat and South Acton Historic District property owner and resident.

 
Friedrichs for Selectman

I have worked with Terra Friedrichs often during the 18 years I have served Acton as a volunteer and elected official.  I know first hand that she is
totally committed to and passionate about preserving Acton's character while controlling costs.  She is intelligent, analytical and an indefatigable
worker.  To illustrate her commitment to preserve Acton's character she helped found the Design Review Board, helped organize Green Acton, a
citizens advisory group; and helped organize the Green Advisory Board.  She is an active participant and leader in the current effort to update
Acton's Master Plan and is the Selectman liaison to the Historic District Commission.  She works to preserve open space without exception.
She has steadfastly opposed the Rt 27/Rt 2 Day Care Center.  Her efforts contributed to the rejection of the proposed agreement which would
have resulted in the building of this Center.

She has an MBA and does marketing research as a profession.  Thus she has command of sophisticated analytical tools and the ability to use them to make reasoned recommendations and decisions.  During her first term her detailed analysis of budgets and the resulting probing questions contributed to ensuring that Acton taxpayer’s tax dollars were spent for absolute necessities only.  She built a spreadsheet model to calculate the cost of development given assumptions apropos of the current economic climate.  All of the above illustrate her contributions resulting in controlling costs, thus preserving our reserves and keeping tax increases to an absolute minimum.

These next three years are going to be challenging.  We live in uncertain economic times.  The pressure on our budgets will be unprecedented.  The pressure to change the character of our town will be significant as developers try to maximize their profits.  We are truly fortunate that a person with Terra’s intellect, energy, education, experience and passion has come forward to serve for a second term as a Selectman.  Please join me and vote for her.  Acton will be well served when you do.

 

Herman Kabakoff
27 Robinwood Road

 

Herman is a former Selectman, current sitting member of the School Committee, former Chair of the Finance Committee, a registered Republican and a Director of Finance & Accounting professionally 

 

Citizens Want to Preserve Town Character

According to the citizen surveys conducted on behalf of the Acton Master Planning efforts which started in 2008 and is continuing through the Acton 2020 committee, a vast majority of Acton residents indicated they wanted to preserve town character.  This can be accomplished in many ways – one of which is design review of planned commercial, multi-family and civic development.  It is important to get the right development in the right place to promote preservation of the character that makes Acton special, if not unique.

 

Selectman Terra Friedrichs not only understands this but has actively promoted design review and participated in the review processes of many developments over the last three years.  This is not to say that I as an architect agree with all of Terra’s design ideas…but this would also not be reflective of our fundamental democratic process.  Through our differences in philosophy, ideas and perspectives we, as a town, develop our best ideas and our best future.  Terra Friedrichs embodies this democratic process as she raises difficult questions not, I believe, to be difficult but to arrive at the best answers.

 

I believe that with her invaluable Selectman experience in both the design review area, along with the town’s need for business development, she is the right person for the job for our next three years.  I fully support the re-election of Terra Friedrichs for Acton Board of Selectmen.

 

David Honn
105 School Street

 

David is a professional architect, a resident of the South Acton Historic District, a train commuter, a member of the South Acton Train Station Advisory Committee, a member of the Acton Historic District Commission, and a member of the Acton Design Review Board.  He has worked with Terra for over 3 years on various committees in Acton. 

 

Terra, Advocate for Acton

Terra Friedrichs, a selectman candidate for re-election, has demonstrated a tireless energy for improving our town. Terra has been a strong proponent for Actonians with proven focus for the past three years on preserving town character and financially steering the town during difficult economic times.

 

Terra provides a strong voice on the Board of Selectmen to ensure each opportunity and issue facing our town is well-researched and actively considered. Through Terra's efforts, and willingness to raise the hard questions for discussion, we Actonians can feel confident that the best collaborative decisions are being made for our town.

 

Always the good Samaritan, Terra organized and followed thru the collection and delivery of computers as part of the relief of hurricane Katrina victims.

 

On March 29, please support Terra Friedrichs and vote to re-elect her for Selectman.

 

Dave Lunger

5 Wampanoag

 

Dave is a member of the Acton Town Republican Party, a member of the Acton Voter’s Group, a parent of an ABRHS student, and a local beekeeper and an Acton-Boxboro Farmer’s Market purveyor of honey.

 

Re-elect Terra Friedrichs

I support Terra Friedrichs for Selectman in the Acton town election on March 29th.  Terra has a lot of experience in every aspect of Acton's town business.  She attends meetings of many committees beyond just the Selectman's meeting.  In this way Terra has a good understanding of what is important for Acton's future.  She talks with the people and listens.

 

Terra's experience will be most valuable in the coming several years of difficult budgets.  Acton is planning deficit spending this year of nearly $3M, and ways have to be found to deal with that while protecting our great schools and town services.  Terra is actively working to address this problem through the Cost Reduction Committee.

 

I urge everyone to vote for Terra Friedrichs on March 29th.

 

Mary Anne Seward
42 Washington Drive

Mary Anne is a mother, grandmother, a registered Republican and an active friend to the concerns of our town.

 

Independent Thinker

To The Editor: 

In observing signs as I go around town, it strikes me that two of the candidates currently running for Selectman in Acton could possibly be
running as a team. This causes me some concern, as, if I were considering Governor and Lieutenant Governor, it would not bother me.
However, I would hope that a member of the Board of Selectmen would be an independent thinker who would address the issues on their
merits for him or her self. Terra Friedrichs, who is running for re-election, is such a person, already having experience on the board, as well
as having been on a number of town boards throughout her many years of service in Acton. She has a degree and background in finance,
and is well suited to address the complex budgetary issues of the town. I urge you to vote for the re-election of Terra Friedrichs for the
Board of Selectmen.


John Mahoney
Oneida Road, Acton

John is a long-term member of the Acton community and a grandfather.



 
Terra will protect Acton
Terra Friedrichs is working to protect the Acton's open spaces and Acton's character that 74% of people in Acton say is what they like most about Acton.  Terra has lived in Acton for forty plus years, went through the great Acton schools, and tells stories of walking through Acton's open spaces and trails before sidewalks were built.  Terra wants to preserve the open spaces.

 

Terra was the one Selectman who spoke out strongly against the proposed Rt 27/Rt 2 Day Care center at the recent public meeting, and her remarks drew unanimous applause from the audience.  She has spoken out against the clear cutting of the trees as was done on that lot. Terra is an advocate of open space acquisition and works to help Acton protect its open spaces.

I ask everyone to vote for Terra Friedrichs for Selectman on March 29th.

 

Clint Seward
42 Washington Drive 

 

Clint currently serves on the Acton Finance Committee.  He’s a present member of the Acton Republican Town Party, and a past President of the organization.  He is an active member of Green Acton (www.greenacton.org) He co-founded the Acton Voter’s Group and helped get the Acton Forum started.

 

Terra Friedrichs Helps People 

I know because I worked with Terra on the Katrina relief project under the name of Citizen Action Team.  In the first three months this organization was responsible for having delivered five semi-truck loads of donated supplies to the Gulf.  I have worked with her in collecting, packing and shipping hundreds of used computers and books.

 

Terra is a tireless worker.  Most impressive she did all of this volunteering without any recognition for her efforts.

 

I support Terra Friedrichs for another term as Selectman.

 

Robert Ingram
36 Quaboag Road

 

Bob is the quintessential volunteer.  He volunteers for so many groups in Acton that we can’t afford the ink to print them all. One of the main ones is the Household Goods Recycling Ministry that helps hundreds of low income folks start over every year.  He’s the one that crawls under the church furnace to fix it in the middle of the night, and then is there to sing during church service and stays afterward to do data entry for the checkbook system.  He has received the Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce’s Volunteer of the Year award.  He is a registered Republican.

 

We Need Her Strong Voice

Dear Editor:

 

It has been my privilege to work with Terra Friedrichs on the Acton town commission level and after her election to the Board of Selectmen.  She is a spirited, knowledgeable official, one of the best-informed around.  She is a champion of open, honest government and seeks constituents’ views to an unusual degree.  Her dedication to retaining as much as we can of Acton’s remaining charm and character while moving forward has always impressed me.  Please vote to retain Terra on the Board of Selectmen—we need her strong voice to help guide the town to a better future.

 

Brian Bendig
74 Nagog Hill Road

 

Brian served on the Acton Historic District Commission for the better part of a decade; the last few years as Chair, while Terra was a junior member of the HDC in her first year as a Selectman.  Brian is an attorney who lives in the Acton Center Historic District. He is a registered Republican.

 
Style versus Substance

Candidate qualifications – style versus substance.  I believe Acton citizens recognize the difference and value “the right stuff” – the courageous, determined, knowledgeable, sometimes contentious stuff. For this very reason, I support Terra Friedrichs for re-election as Selectman.  While her style may be irritating at times, I don’t recall anyone saying that her intentions are ill-willed or uninformed.  So getting past style, does she contribute valuable insight and business/financial acumen that may be crucial over the next three years as our nation and our commonwealth strive to regain financial footing?

 

Terra’s understanding of the town’s strengths, processes, and financials hasn’t been gained just through her last 2 ½ years as a Selectmen, Terra has dedicated thousands of hours over the last six years in committee and board meetings, in and out of Town Hall and citizen homes – listening and learning.  We need her knowledge and abilities for the next three years, regardless of style.  Please support Terra Friedrichs for Selectman.

 

Leigh Davis Honn
105 School Street

 

Leigh is a marketing and communications consultant/trainer specializing in business etiquette, multi-cultural protocol and client engagement, a member of the Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce, a member of Acton’s Economic Development Committee and the Development/Marketing Chair for Iron Work Farm in Acton, Inc – nonprofit stewards of two Acton historic properties, 1707 Jones Tavern and 1732 Faulkner Homestead. She is a former member of Acton’s Planning Board and played an active role in the first phase of Acton 2020’s visioning project.  


 

Terra is Frequently Right

Dear Beacon:

                                                                                                              

Last weekend I was out walking with a friend.  She asked me whom I planned to vote for in the upcoming Selectman election.  I told her that I really hadn’t made up my mind, and that to be honest I didn’t really know much about the candidates as yet.  She replied in a kind of snarky way that it ought to be easy since there were two contested seats, three candidates, and of course I wouldn’t be voting for Terra Friedrichs.  When I said again that I really hadn’t made up my mind, she asked me incredulously if I would really ever vote for Terra. 

That got me thinking about this election, and I had no doubt that many people would indeed be voting this time not for someone in particular, but definitely against her.  Her three years on the Board has no doubt been a trial for some of her colleagues, and for others, her style has been a source of some embarrassment.  Nevertheless, during her term of office she has frequently been right about some of the major issues of the day, and she’s been pushing those issues well before others were willing do so. 

Now that we are in the throes of another Master Plan exercise, it is a good time to be asking what we are doing to ourselves with thoughtless new real estate developments, and what is happening to our town’s character as a result.  While Acton may never again be the sleepy suburb that people like Terra remember from years ago, there is no reason for us to throw in the towel on preserving what we have left of open space, things green, and our historical heritage.  For those things that will change with or without our consent, it is appropriate for us to assert quality of architectural design as a primary value in our permitting processes.  All these things go straight to what Acton looks and feels like for years to come.  Terra was strong on all those issues.

While Terra won’t be getting any credit for being a smooth politician, she nonetheless deserves credit for sticking to her guns when her views weren’t necessarily popular.  Any fair minded assessment of her first term should take into account the substantive nature of many of the issues for which she has been an advocate.

 

Doug Tindal
Old Village Road

 

Doug is currently serving as Chair of the Acton Economic Development Committee, Member of the Acton Finance Committee, Real Estate Property Management Consultant, Acton Center resident and father of Acton students.

  

Objective Support: Terra for Selectman

Dear readers

 

Please vote for Terra. She works hard and I love her.

 

Wayne Friedrichs

Her father
West Acton

 

Wayne is a former Acton Selectman, West Acton Village property owner and resident, small business owner, co-founder of the Economic Development Committee, father/grandfather, Registered Republican

 

Commitment to Truth, Openness and Getting People Together

Dear Editor,

 

Terra is an AB High School Graduate, class of 79 and I urge you to vote for her.  Terra really knows Acton; its people, its land, its issues.

She is a holistic thinker who is comfortable asking uncomfortable questions. In the challenging time Acton finds itself in today we need that plus her commitment to truth, openness and getting people together who might not otherwise meet or work together.

 

Terra has a way of getting things going and inspiring; like when she encouraged me and others to form the Town's first Design Review Board (2007); or when she helped bring in people to found Green Acton, a citizen's action group, (2008) or the Green Advisory Board (2009) so the town could pursue funding for reducing its energy and carbon footprint.

 

Terra is visionary. A vote for Terra is putting our best foot forward for Acton's future.

 

Ann Sussman
Windsor Ave

 

Ann is currently serving as Chair of Acton’s Design Review Board.  She is a co-founder of Green Acton (www.greenacton.org).  She lives in the West Acton Historic District.  She was a co-Chair for Phase 1 of our Master Planning visioning project, which conducted the survey to figure out what voters want in Acton.  She’s a mother of two Acton students.

 

Asset to the Community
Terra Friedrichs is an asset to the community. Having served a term as your selectman, she is again asking for your vote.

Terra has worked timelessly on your behalf and will continue to do so. She puts preserving the historically rich character of the town a top priority. Terra is invested in assuring that any development in the West Acton village project is compatible with the small town village concept.

Terra makes herself available to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Terra believes that transparency in government is essential and holds open meeting time weekly to accomplish this goal.

Vote for a person selectman of the people. Vote for a good listener, one interested in your town. Re-elect Terra Friedrichs as your Selectman.

Al English
18 Mallard Rd.

Al is a resident of the Spencer/Tuttle neighborhood and active participant in the WANT committee meetings which are discussing potential sewer expansion to his neighborhood.
 

 

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