Candidate Page ~ Bopha Malone ~ Selectmen

Campaign Wrap-up Statement

It has been my pleasure over these past few months to meet and speak with hundreds of Bedford residents, who have shared with me the issues that matter most to them about Bedford. I hear you and I am ready to work for you.

Good government is about representation – both in reflecting the demographics of residents and in listening to and responding to their needs.  Bedford’s population has grown tremendously, and our diversity is our strength.  To continue to successfully plan for our future, whatever that holds, we need newer residents to step up, contribute, and lead our community.

I have the energy, enthusiasm, and experience to be an effective Select Board member for Bedford.  I will serve as a voice for young families and for all our residents. I will work hard to engage more residents and encourage more participation in town government, at all levels, and in all committees. Bedford’s government should be open and inviting to all.

We need a government that reflects who we are today and in the future.  We need all voices at the table to ensure that decisions are made collectively and with the greatest input possible. This is what I’ve been doing on community boards and with small businesses for decades. This community involvement makes me uniquely qualified and valuable as a Select Board member.  I ask for your vote on March 14, and I promise to make you proud!

Questions from the League of Women Voters of Bedford

> How do you see your newness to the Selectmen lining up against the experience of the other two candidates contributing to the work of this board?

My life experiences, career, and community service have helped prepare me for this role. As a community banker, I’ll help to ensure that Bedford stays financially strong while bringing a fresh set of eyes to review various line items. As a community advocate and leader to non-profit boards, I’ve collaborated with civic leaders, residents, businesses, and elected officials to improve lives and transform communities. As a refugee, the values of hard work, persistence and resiliency have helped me to learn quickly and to be successful in my life and in my community work.  I will be able to approach issues with a fresh perspective based on a lifetime of community activism and service and as a concerned mother and Bedford resident.

> What is your position on the proposal for a new Fire Station? 

I do not have sufficient information to take a position on this issue yet.  As a new Select Board member, my goal is to use our strength of collective decision-making and problem solving to take on this opportunity. I will listen to the voices of our service providers, our leaders, residents from different neighborhoods to hear their input and ideas so that we have a good solution that meets the need of our community and is best for everyone and will be sustainable, cost-effective, and accessible to all.

> What do you identify as areas you would like to influence some changes in how the Selectmen meet their responsibilities or influence the direction that has been taken on particular issues?

In my career as a VP at Enterprise Bank and in my community work on the board of many non-profit organizations, I’ve helped transform communities and have helped thousands of people achieve their American Dream by getting them into their first homes and start or expand their businesses.  I’ve brought a sinking non-profit organization back to life and taken many organizations to the next level of success. This would not have been possible without my ability and willingness to be open-minded and to listen, learn, work as a team member, and collaborate and communicate with colleagues and fellow board members.  As your Select Board member, I intend to contribute to the Board and to our town by continuing to use the strengths that have helped me to be successful in working with everyone to achieve success for all.

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