Dear Tewksbury Residents, Neighbors, Business Owners and Friends,
My name is Mark Kratman and I am running for re-election to the Tewksbury Board of Selectmen. My wife, Denise, and I moved to Tewksbury almost 20 years ago and knew immediately that this is where we wanted raise our family. I am proud to say that we have three children who are currently attending or have graduated from the Tewksbury school system. Our son Mark attended school in Tewksbury, graduated from Shawsheen Technical High School and Rivier University with a degree in criminal justice, and works for a local police department. Recently married, his wife Bianca is a nurse in a local hospital. Our daughter Nora is a sophomore at Tewksbury High Memorial School and our youngest daughter Burke is in the 8th grade at the Wynn Middle School.
I work as the Assistant Operations Engineer of District 4 for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), covering 62 Cities and Towns, including Tewksbury. In my role, I serve as the legislative liaison to those communities meeting State and Local officials to discuss new and ongoing construction projects as well as maintenance needs for those municipalities. After serving many years as the shop steward, I was elected by our members to serve as the Executive Vice President for local 368 (SEIU NAGE).
Additionally, I serve on a non-profit community development Board of Directors in the City of Boston that helps seniors stay in the neighborhoods in which they lived and raised their families.
Previously, I worked for both the State Auditor’s Office and the then Medford Consumer Advisory Commission as Commissioner under the Attorney General’s Office mediating consumer complaints with local businesses. During much of this time I also worked a second full time job as the night manager for Kelly’s Roast Beef in Revere. I have never been a stranger to hard work, maintaining over 80 hours a week with two full time jobs for 27 years.
When I was elected Selectman three years ago I first served as Clerk, next my colleagues voted me in as Vice Chair, then honoring me to serve as the Chairman this year.
I continue working on the issues that matter most to Tewksbury. My work experience both in the public and private sector in management operations, union negotiations, roadway construction, budgeting, accounting, and customer service have helped me serve the residents as a member of the Tewksbury Board of Selectmen.
One of my goals when I decided to run for Selectman was to serve as a catalyst for positive change in our community, bringing new ideas to the table and listening to other perspectives.
I believe Tewksbury should have a vibrant, business oriented town center, as well as strong neighborhoods built around parks and community facilities. To that end I serve as Chair of the Economic Development Committee, a member of the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Beautification Committee, the Patriotic Activities Committee, and numerous local boards and clubs. In all these endeavors I’m privileged to serve with many dedicated volunteers.
I will continue to work with both local and State officials to alleviate traffic congestion in Tewksbury. We must continue our comprehensive plan to reconstruct, resurface, and add sidewalks along the entire length of Route 38 (Main Street), making it safer for pedestrians and drivers.
Over the past three years we have accomplished some of our goals.
- Working with our State delegation we resurfaced Route 38 from the Lowell Town Line to Pike Street and another section from the Wilmington town line to the intersection of Salem Road and South Street.
- This year we will be resurfacing a badly needed section of Route 133
- The reconstruction of the Salem Road and South Street intersection, one of the most dangerous in the state, which will include a fully operational traffic signal.
- The reconstruction and resurfacing of Route 38 beginning at Colonial Drive traveling north through our Town Center and ending at Old Boston Road. This project slated for 2020 calls for the installation and improvements of sidewalks, signals, and other traffic mitigation greatly needed in our community.
While some goals are close to being achieved, we still have much to accomplish. We have a new elementary school proposed to be built in the next few years. The Center Fire Station will be reconstructed and relocated on Main Street and we have funded the installation of additional sidewalks throughout our community partnering with the State through the Complete Streets Program.
I will continue to be approachable and receptive to the ideas of others. It is impossible to be the voice of the people if the people can’t reach you. My cell number is (978) 726-2912, and my email is MarkKratman@gmail.com. If you have any questions about any issues, please feel free to contact me.
I understand that your vote is something that I continually need to earn and I humbly ask for the opportunity to do so. Thank you for your consideration.
Mark S. Kratman