Rebecca Green Neale Announces 2020 Run for Bedford’s Board of Assessors

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Rebecca Green Neale, Candidate for Board of Assessors in the March 14, 2020, Town Election

I am excited to announce that I am running for the Board of Assessors in 2020. I ask for your support at the Citizen’s Caucus on January 7, 2020, and at the polls on March 14.

Thank you to Zoe Pierce, who has served Bedford in this role for two terms.

I grew up in Bedford, attended college in upstate New York and law school in California. When I moved to San Francisco, I left my heart in Bedford. My parents still live here and I never found a community quite like my hometown. I returned in 2015, with my spouse and two sons, to a town that has changed in many ways, yet continues to be a vibrant, welcoming community that invests in its schools, services for seniors, and many things in between. I love to work towards strengthening Bedford’s best attributes.

To that end, I am an active member of the Rotary Club of Bedford, including a term as Trustee of the Bedford Rotary Foundation, which gives grants to local organizations. I grew up attending the First Parish church and continue to be deeply involved and dedicated to nurturing that community, including serving as Clerk for our Town Meeting-style democratic process. As a Board Member and Vice President of the Domestic Violence Services Network, I support the organization in many ways, including serving on the Finance Committee, which evaluates and helps to maintain the fiscal health of the organization. Lastly, I am also active in the Women’s Bar Association and Foundation, where I support and mentor other women attorneys and provide pro bono representation.

Professionally, I am a small business owner. I own Bedford Family Lawyer and practice domestic relations and probate law (aka divorce and estate planning, plus other things). I have several years of public service practice in my background, including clerking for the New York Court of Appeals and working for the Insurance and Financial Services Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, among others. These roles have instilled in me the importance of due process and integrity in our public servants, particularly in a role as crucial as our Assessors.

Not only does our Board of Assessors’ decisions affect every residential and commercial real estate taxpayer (I am both of these), they also determine the town’s largest source of income. It’s work that must be done in a trustworthy manner, fairly using the mass appraisal techniques and standard of review that all Massachusetts municipalities must use. As an attorney for 12 years, my well-honed ability to apply universal standards to individual situations will serve the Town well.

I would be honored and proud to serve my hometown as Assessor and respectfully ask for your vote on March 14, 2020. The polls are open from 8 am to 6 pm, at John Glenn Middle School. I hope to see you there!