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Sally Willard

Candidate for Re-Election
Town Moderator
Burlington, MA


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Re-elect Sally Willard Town Moderator

Conducts Town Meetings impartially and fairly

  • Independent and Fair
  • Conducts Town Meetings respectfully and impartially
  • Proven dedication to strong local government in Burlington that benefits all residents
  • Believes in Town Meeting as Burlington’s legislative body
  • Advocates for broader participation on Town Committees and Boards reflecting the entire community
  • Reactivated Bylaw Review, Rules, and Human Services Advisory Committees that were inactive for many years
  • Initiated Town Meeting Information Sessions
  • 17 year Town Meeting Member
  • Chaired Land Use and Capital Budget Committees
  • Completed training for National Association of Parliamentarians
  • Active member, Massachusetts Moderators Association
  • 30 year Burlington resident
  • BA (Economics) — Wells College; MBA — Simmons College

Vote to Re-Elect Sally Willard on Saturday April 8th!

During my prior campaigns, I promised to conduct Town Meeting effectively and to encourage debate in a fair, intelligent, and impartial manner. I have fulfilled that promise and will continue to do so.

I impartially moderated the proceedings through the last eight Town Meetings, including two Special Town Meetings (TMs).

I have the support of a majority of Town Meeting Members.

I have been an information analyst for most of my professional life. This requires research and reporting on a variety of issues. This discipline enables me to assess situations from different points of view, a perspective that makes my analysis unbiased. Decisions I make with regard to proceedings of Town Meeting (TM) and appointments are neutral and objective. I strongly believe the moderator, like the Town Clerk, should not be involved in town politics.

The Moderator should be independent. There must be no perception of conflicts of interest.

I am independent, impartial and fair.

I respect and listen to others' opinions.

I believe that Town Meeting Members have been elected because they want to participate in the process. As Moderator, it is my job to enable members to speak to the matters at hand, ask clarifying questions and freely express their opinions.

I am fair but firm and keep members focused on the article or motion under consideration.

I always treat people with respect and try not to voice negative opinions about anyone or raise divisive issues. My calm and respectful disposition fosters mutual respect, which is why I have excellent relationships with Boards and TMMs.

I am deliberate and I think before I speak. An even temperament defuses problems before they escalate.

I’ve taken courses and earned certificates from the National Association of Parliamentarians. I’ve consulted other Town Moderators to learn about their experiences and procedures. Burlington becomes a stronger, richer community by strengthening and expanding healthy participation to meet 21st century challenges.


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There are many ways to Increase Community Participation And Interest

As Moderator, I have explored practices that enable greater, more effective participation by TMMs.

As a former TMM for 17 years, I understand the frustration of members who believe the Moderator misses calling on members who want to speak on an issue.


The Town Moderator conducts Town Meeting, Burlington Massachusetts' elected, legislative body, a body that discusses and votes on financial and zoning matters. An independent, fair, firm and impartial Moderator is essential for a productive and balanced Town Meeting. The Moderator makes appointments to standing and special committees of Town Meeting and to other town committees on which Town Meeting members serve.

I have demonstrated that I conduct meetings and make appointments in a fair, intelligent and impartial manner.

During the 17 years I served as a Town Meeting Member, I served on the Capital Budget and Land Use Committees for over 13 years and served as Chair for nine of those years. Additionally, as a volunteer at BCAT for many years, I successfully moderated several candidate forums since 2006.

I believe the Town Moderator position is an extension of my commitment to the town, its issues, residents and its governing.

Increasing participation by showcasing our students' talents
At my first Town Meeting as Moderator, I brought back the performing arts and our talented students to perform before Town read more

What is the role of the Moderator?
The moderator’s job is to conduct the debate and discussion at the Town Meeting. read more.

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