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Selectman James Kane Seeks Re-Election

The town election is May 1.

The following release was submitted by Selectman James Kane:

Name: James F. Kane
Address: 32 Main Cir.
Age: 47
Office Sought: Selectman, town of Shrewsbury
Occupation: senior vice president, A.D. Makepeace Company. Land holding
company, Southeastern Massachusetts
Education: College of the Holy Cross, BA political science/economics, 1987; Clark University, MPA 1993
Political Experience:
Board of Selectmen                         2009-Present
Board of Assessors                          2001-2009
Fiscal Study Committee                   2006-2007
Industrial Development Commission 1998-2001
Marlborough City Council                 1988-1993
Finance Committee Chairman five years

Personal: married to Hannah, 14 years in June; children: Madison—, Caitlin—, and Patrick—

Why I am seeking re-election: I want to continue my work of my first term and want to ensure an affordable, high-quality community in which we can raise and educate our children and enjoy long into retirement. I have a proven record of strong leadership on the Board of Selectmen pushing to expand out non-residential tax base, ensuring our budgets are structurally sound while providing a high level of services. This is not the time for on the job training. I have ensured a balanced approach for today while planning for our future.

Kane topped the ticket in all precincts in 2009.

“I have enjoyed my first term and believe I have contributed to the board’s effectiveness through focusing on the issues at hand today, while planning for our future,” he said.

Kane served on the Board of Assessors for eight years, and has also served on the Industrial Development Commission and the Fiscal Study Committee.

Kane is senior vice president of the A.D. Makepeace Company, a landholding company located in southeastern Massachusetts, where he is responsible for land use permitting and real estate development.

In stating his goals for continued service on the Board, Kane said “It is imperative that the Board of Selectmen continue to lead in a cohesive and balanced approach and set a course of action—not reaction.”

If re-elected, Kane pledged to continue to focus on the issues of:

  • Expanding Shrewsbury’s commercial tax base.
  • Providing quality municipal services.
  • Fiscal restraint coupled with respect for the taxpayer resulting in a stable tax rate.
  • Inclusive approach to leadership—ensure that those willing to contribute feel welcome to do so

In closing, Kane said. “We need experience and proven leadership on the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen and I provide both.”

Election day is May 1.

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