Brookline Select Board member Heather Hamilton has officially qualified as an independent candidate for one of the two Norfolk County Commissioner seats up for election Nov. 3rd.
The three commissioners are elected to staggered four-year terms. Two commissioner seats are on the ballot this fall. One seat is open and the other is currently held by Quincy Democrat Joseph Shea who is running for re-election.
The three commissioners currently control a $31.7 million budget drawn partially from local property assessments with the rest coming from state funds. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Hamilton said she seeks to return as much of this money as possible directly to the county’s 28 cities and towns to relieve distressed municipal budgets.
A two-term selectwoman with extensive experience in public administration, Hamilton said she is also passionate about bringing transparency and sustainability to county government. Hamilton, after observing that Commissioner meetings are only accessible via unrecorded conference calls that are not posted online, said Norfolk County residents deserve better.
“As the first woman to run for this office in 16 years, I believe it is critical that an experienced, conscientious public servant committed to transparency fill one of the two seats up for election in November,” Hamilton said.
A county resident for over a dozen years, Hamilton began her career in public service ensuring MassDOT complied with accessibility standards before transitioning to lead the largest fleet of publicly-owned vehicles in New England. In this leadership role, Hamilton increased the fleet’s percentage of alternative fuel vehicles by almost 50 percent.
“I have always been passionate about sustainability and affordability. My time on the Brookline Select Board focused on making town government more fiscally responsible to ensure those that want to live in this community can afford to do so,” Hamilton said. During her time on Brookline’s Select Board, Hamilton co-sponsored and worked to adopt warrant articles increasing sustainability, alternative vehicle pilot programs, and senior affordable housing. Seventy-four percent of Brookline voters voted to re-elect Hamilton during the competitive 2020 town election.
Hamilton now seeks to bring her policy-oriented, non-partisan management style to the Norfolk County Commissioners’ Office. She is engaging voters in each of the county’s 28 communities to learn how she can accommodate the county’s diverse needs while finding ways to directly support the county’s communities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more on Heather’s biography and policy proposals, visit her website, HeatherHamilton.org.