Forty-four-year-old Robert L. Tosi Jr. is the second of five candidates for two seats on the Board of Selectmen in the April 10 town election to respond to basic questions about his run.
The well-known presence on the town's Finance Committee and Council on Aging was asked why he is running. His answer to this and other queries came March 25 through his press aide, Lisa Sasso:
"I am uniquely qualified, and I feel that right now is the time for me to step up and serve Arlington in a bigger way. After this election, there will be three board members with one year or less experience.
"I know and love Arlington and have been an active and involved volunteer in numerous Arlington organizations, many for over two decades. I am also confident that my financial, interactive and communication skills will be of great value and benefit to the board."
Asked about his qualifications to serve, he responded that he has been an active Town Meeting Member for 24 years (in Precinct 20), has been a Fincom member for 12 years and has been involved with the Council on Aging board for seven years (he was chair for three years).
"I have gone to Selectman’s meetings, and I feel that I not only know and understand the current issues that the board faces, but I also have a good appreciation for Arlington’s history and what has been done in the past," his responses provided to his aide said.
Asked what challenges he sees ahead for the board, he wrote:
"We continue to face a number of challenges resulting from both internal and external factors.
"The town has a significant number of individuals on low and fixed income. Raising taxes (and overrides) strains these families and makes it more difficult for them to 'make ends meet.'
"Externally, state funding is an unknown variable. It certainly does not cover the numerous state/federal mandates on our schools and other town services.
"Ultimately, we have to make tough choices about which services and projects we can support to maintain the expected level of services, including our schools, public safety and public works.
"We also have to ensure that the funds that we have are allocated appropriately, and ensure accountability throughout our community including elected, appointed officials and town departments."
How he would address
Asked how he expects to address these issues if he is elected, he wrote that he plans to "work collaboratively with the board to make the best decisions for Arlington.
"I can work with anyone. I am very serious and thorough in my decision making and in my approach. I like to think about what impact this will have for all parties involved and take the time to look at each problem from a variety of different perspectives.
"No one person has all the right answers, but if we work together and share our ideas and perspectives while also keeping the fiscal responsibility as an underlying factor we should be able to continue to make Arlington a town where everyone is proud to live, work, shop and raise a family."
Tosi has been a town resident since he was 5. He completed schooling at Locke, Ottoson and Arlington High. He has a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Merrimack College.
He has worked as a care manager for Minuteman Senior Services in Burlington for the past six years.
Tosi wrote that he has a strong work ethic and have been a contributing team player for both large and small organizations. Besides Minuteman, they include Radi Medical Systems Inc., office manager, 1999-2005; HealthSouth, payroll/accounts payable; State Street Bank, mutual fund accountant.
For more information, see his website at www.bobtosi.com.
Candidates for selectmen who have yet to respond to basic questions about the candidacies are Joseph Curran, Steve Byrne and Maria Romano. Initial queries to each began after they took out papers, in January and February.
A profile about Joseph A. Curro Jr. was published in December.
This story was published Monday, March 26, 2012.
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