January 3, 2017
Philip Crawford, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, is seeking re-election to another four-year term
By LEAH DEARBORN
LYNNFIELD — Citing long-term projects and renovations still in the works, Philip Crawford, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, is seeking re-election to another four-year term in April.
“We’re still doing a lot of work in town,” said Crawford, who said the need for major renovations to police and fire department buildings are upcoming projects he plans to focus on if re-elected. “You learn a lot as you go. It’s not something anyone ever learns 100 percent. As long as you make yourself available, you’ll do all right.”
In an email, Crawford clarified that he is running for the position of selectman and not specifically chairman of the board.
Crawford named the defunct Perley Burrill gas station on Salem Street as an example of an issue he has struggled with for the past four years that will finally reach a conclusion with the site’s cleanup.
Continuing to improve athletic fields in town will be another priority, said Crawford, with plans for renovations to Jordan Park in the works pending funding and a potential vote at the spring Town Meeting.
He referenced the sale of historic Centre Farm as another long-term town project that is coming to an end and said that a request for proposal (RFP) will go out on the property later this week, initiating the sale process.
“There are a lot of good things going on right now,” said Crawford.
In a letter announcing his candidacy, he said, “It has been an honor and privilege serving on the Board of Selectmen for the past four years and I look forward to serving the residents of Lynnfield for another term.”
The letter said Crawford has been a Lynnfield resident for more than 30 years and has children and grandchildren living in town. He served five years on the Finance Committee and has worked in finance for more than three decades.
He said the makeup of the board will go to a vote by its three members after the election results are tallied.
Leah Dearborn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.