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Chamberland announces candidacy for Blackstone Selectman

To my fellow townspeople of Blackstone,

After thoughtful consideration and several meaningful conversations about the needs of our community, I am announcing my candidacy for the Blackstone Board of Selectman in the April 2021 election cycle. Blackstone’s challenges around infrastructure, technology and fiscal responsibility require an experienced leader committed to our town. I hope to earn your support and the opportunity to serve this special community.

As a lifelong Blackstone resident, I care deeply about this community which plays such a pivotal role in my life. Our public schools and Blackstone Valley Tech prepared me for a professional career and shaped me into the person I have become. I want to continue to give back to the community that I call home.

I currently serve as deputy chief of staff at the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS). At EOPSS we are responsible for the policy development and budgetary oversight of its 13 state agencies, independent programs, and several boards which aid in crime prevention, homeland security preparedness, and ensuring the safety of residents and visitors in the Commonwealth. My responsibilities require me to deliver results for the Commonwealth’s 351 cities and towns. The role has exposed me to best practices of governance, taught me how to earn state support local initiatives, and given me perspective on my first experience as a Blackstone selectman.

In 2012, at the age of 23, you entrusted me with the responsibility to serve on the Blackstone Board of Selectmen. My first term focused on increasing opportunities, transparency and accountability by:

  • creating the Senior and Veterans Tax Work Off Program and a new the Economic Development Committee Advocate for the best value for our tax dollar
  • stopping a reckless proposal to raise the town administrator’s compensation
  • embracing a leadership role as chairman after an unexpected resignation in a gridlocked budget season

In my third year on the Board of Selectmen, I made the difficult decision not to seek reelection and devote myself to leading Governor Charlie Baker’s central and western Massachusetts offices. While this role exposed me to new experiences across the state and led to subsequent opportunities in the Department of Corrections and EOPSS, my heart remains in Blackstone where I would like to serve again.

Looking ahead to this exciting campaign, I hope to earn your support and create new opportunities for Blackstone. Together, we can take action to lower taxes, implement a zero-based budget, and engage everyone in preparing our community for 21st century challenges. If you’re interested in joining the campaign or have questions please email me at teamchamberland@gmail.com.

Hope to earn your support and your vote,

Ryan Chamberland


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