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AUBURN, Mass. - Kenneth Holstrom, retired Auburn Firefighter and current Emergency Management Director for the town of Auburn, has announced his candidacy for the Board of Selectmen.
Holstrom, a lifelong resident of Auburn who had a 32-year career as an inspector/engineer and quality control manager with FM Global and Ken-Weld Company, is also a former member of the town’s School Committee, School Buildings Committee, Charter Review Committee, and has served as an elected Town Meeting Member for 28 years.
Holstrom has been a call firefighter in Auburn for 42 years, serving 20 of those years as a lieutenant. Mr. Holstrom is a member of the Joel H. Prouty Lodge of Mason, Melha Shriners, and the First Congregational Church of Auburn.
In making his announcement, Mr. Holstrom stated that “I understand the operations of the town government under the Charter, and I think we’re moving in a very positive direction with the new Town Manager. I would bring a balanced approach to the Board’s decisions, and I’d be focused on implementing policies that benefit both our residents, and the town administration. I’m particularly interested in expanding our tax base and bringing new businesses to the empty properties along Routes 12 and 20– expansion that will reduce the tax burden on residents. We have an excellent school system, and we need to continue to make education a top priority for the town. I’ve been disappointed at the level of negativity from some members of the Board – particularly about town employees who are working hard to serve the town -- and I believe it’s time to put the needs of the community as a whole above personal issues or ambitions. Auburn is a great community to live and work in, and we need to preserve that reputation with smart policies, and civil conversations.”
Ken and his wife Kimberly have one daughter, Julie.