Candidate profile: Christine Winters

By Tanner Harding | Apr 03, 2017
Photo by: Tanner Harding

Marion — Christine Winters sees the Board of Selectmen as a team. And she thinks she brings just the right skills to round that team out.

Winters has degrees in finance and taxation, and she was also part of the budget subcommittee as a three-term Marion School Committee member.

“[Selectman Steve Gonsalves] has a strong background in planning, conservation and zoning, and [Chair Jody Dickerson] as a former police officer and longstanding selectman has emergency response covered,” she said. “I thought a good background to add would be a financial background.”

Throughout her terms on the school committee, Winters said her personal process when making a decision has helped her find success.

“Something I’ve always taken to heart is to ask more questions,” she said. “It’s not just taking for granted what’s put in front of you, but asking what’s not in front of you…I think the residents of Marion have an expectation that their elected officials will make the time to make educated decisions, and I think asking those tough questions and taking that time and looking at issues form different angles is encouraged.”

One of the town’s most pressing issues that Winters said she wants to tackle first is the water and sewer infrastructure.

“Maintaining an affordable system is critical,” she said. “We need to turn an eye to infrastructure. We need to maintain that.”

In addition to her position on the school committee and budget subcommittee, Winters also represented Marion on the Joint School Committee and was on the policy subcommittee. These experiences and her own professional experience are what she thinks Marion needs.

“…Experience matters…but it needs to be the right experience at the right town,” she said. “I think my skill set is a good complement. I think we would have a good, well-balanced team. It’s a demanding position and I think it needs someone’s full effort.”

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