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Thoughtful Stewardship of our Community
Thoughtful Stewardship of our Community


I am proud to run for Councillor-at-Large in Gardner. 


My wife and I love Gardner as only folks who chose to live here can.  Since moving here in 2005 we have made every effort to engage in our community and lead through example.  We chose this community for its heritage of craftsmanship, its variety of amenities and its great potential for what will come next.  Christine and I are proud to say our daughters attend the Gardner public schools. 


I have participated in the community as a member of the Rotary Club of Greater Gardner and advised numerous organizations including having lead the strategic planning for the Chair City Legacy Makerspace.  I am past Vice President of the Board for GVNA Healthcare and am a founding member and former Executive Director of the Wachusett Business Incubator.

As a performing artist, music educator and business owner I have had the opportunity to travel throughout the United States and get to know our fascinating people.   


My experiences have taken me to communities to learn how they solved some of their biggest issues. I believe in entrepreneurship and in creating opportunities for people to own business and work for small business because I own one and I employ it’s greatest asset, our people. 

In the last decade my firm, SMGraves Associates has designed and implemented programming in economic development while advocating for meaningful bottom-up approaches to getting projects done to better our communities and our environment. Our most recent work includes building industrial and technology-based business incubators, developing a local journalism media program and developing real estate projects for residential and commercial use.


I believe in craftsmanship. 
I believe in academic rigor. 
I believe in thoughtfulness.

I believe in diversity. 
I believe in stewardship.


I believe with a more thoughtful and aggressive approach we can solve some our toughest issues while creating opportunities for ALL of our citizens to realize their potential.  We need to demand no less from each other because we deserve the best.    


I am pleased for the opportunity to earn your vote.  

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