Candidate Profile: Dustin Weir For Tewksbury Moderator
Dustin Weir is the sole candidate running for moderator in Tewksbury. Weir is an engineer who manages an R&D team at Leominster company.
TEWKSBURY, MA — Tewksbury will have seven races on the ballot in the April 2 municipal election, including an election to fill the vacant town moderator role.
Just one candidate filed for the seat: Dustin Weir.
Tewksbury Patch asked candidates for moderator, School Committee and Board of Selectmen to answer questions about their campaigns and will be publishing candidate profiles over the coming weeks.
Weir is an engineer who manages an R&D team at Leominster company. He sits on the General Bylaw Committee.
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Previously on Patch: 17 Candidates Filed For Tewksbury’s 2022 Town Election: List
Age (as of Election Day)
I’ve been deliberately unenrolled from political parties since 2016.
My wife is a teacher with Boston Public schools, and I have two kids in 3rd grade and pre-K.
Does anyone in your family work in politics or government?
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern and a Master’s Degree in Plastics Engineering from UMass Lowell.
I manage an R&D group of about 12 people at a plastics compounding company in Leominster. I’ve been managing groups of engineers for over 10 years now, and I think two skills will directly translate to the role of Moderator. First, managing people well requires a lot of listening and understanding to find compromises where there are conflicts. Second, I have to interpret highly technical standards to ensure we’re following the correct procedures in our labs.
Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office
General Bylaw Committee
Why are you seeking elective office?
I’m a firm believer that individual citizens need to participate in government to make it effective. In Tewksbury, we have a unique opportunity to participate directly in town meetings where our voices are not filtered or collated by having to choose an individual representative. I see this opportunity as a true privilege. That’s why I became an election worker, a volunteer for the Mass Medical Reserve Corps, a General Bylaw Committee member, and it’s why I’m running for Moderator.
The single most pressing issue facing our (board, district, etc.) is and this is what I intend to do about it.
The most pressing issues for the various groups in town differ by their roles. For town moderator, it is simply to maintain access to a fair process. Open debate, free and fair voting, and an opportunity to participate are at the core of our democracy. The people of Tewksbury have the right to answer this question, not the moderator.
What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?
To my knowledge there are.............. no other candidates seeking this post. “Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people.” -Eisenhower.
If you are a challenger, in what way has the current board or officeholder failed the community (or district or constituency)
Although I’ve questioned them in the meetings, the last three moderators I’ve had while I’ve been a resident have been satisfactory.
Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform.
I just believe I will be impartial, and that I’ll be able to follow the procedures and regulations.
What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?
I would point toward my early promotions in private industry. My leadership qualities earned me a promotion into management before I was 30. In college I held leadership positions in the racing and outdoors clubs.
The best advice ever shared with me was:
Every election is determined by the people who show up. Vote.
What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?
I’m excited to get the chance to serve my community.
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