Jim Nye - Candidate for Select Board
Marblehead Beacon is presenting these candidate profiles in advance of our June 21 town elections with the goal of helping the community learn more about all of the individuals volunteering their time to run for public office. Please note that the answers included here are printed exactly as provided by each candidate, with only minor typographical edits. Marblehead Beacon does not endorse any candidate or validate any responses. All candidates for the Select Board, Town Moderator, Board of Health, Light Department, and School Committee who had available contact information were given the opportunity to respond to a set of questions specific to the office for which they are running.
What is your professional experience, including handling budgets, and how has your background prepared you to serve on the Select Board?
I am the President and CEO of the National Grand Bank of Marblehead and have served as a Selectman for the past 17 years.
If you are currently serving on the Select Board, what do you believe are your most significant accomplishments thus far?
The most significant accomplishment of the Board has been to manage the town’s budget efficiently and economically within the scope of Proposition 2 ½ with no general overrides required.
What are your top priorities to accomplish this year if elected or re-elected to the Select Board?
The priority every year is to provide the high level of services that the residents of Marblehead expect and deserve, while providing for increases in pay for our town’s employees within the town’s budget and avoiding general overrides.
Has the Select Board done a good job communicating with and inviting feedback from the community?
Yes, all meetings are open and accessible to all, with a public comment period at the end. The town’s website continues to provide timely information of Marblehead’s many board and commission meetings.
Has the Select Board done a good job with hiring and appointing members to serve our community?
Yes, filling open appointed positions by asking for candidates at meetings and advertising in local media has worked well for many years. The town is always looking for qualified and willing volunteers.
Do you believe that override questions should be presented to the community as a menu of spending choices with the option to prioritize, or should all items be combined to pass or fail together?
All items should be combined to pass or fail together.
Do you believe the members of the Select Board should serve for one-year terms or should the terms be longer? Should there be term limits for this role?
One-year terms for the Board are sufficient, while giving the residents a yearly opportunity to evaluate and vote for or against a candidate. There should not be term limits.