Marlborough Regional Chamber Board of Directors, in an effort to serve our community and our business members better, decided to pursue an initiative to “Increase the Mayor of Marlborough, MA term from two years to Four years”.

This proposed ballot question for November 2, 2011 municipal election, will be “Shall the term of office for the Mayor be four years, commencing in 2013?”

The approval of this measure means that the Mayor of Marlborough, MA, will be elected to a four-year term, rather than a two-year term, beginning with the election of Novem ber 5, 2013.

The Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce surveyed the membership and 98% of those responded felt the Chamber Board of Directors should push forward with this initiative for the following reasons:

1)  Efficiency: A four year term is inherently inefficient. It requires approximately eight months for a new mayor to evaluate the city’s organization, after which an election cycle begins.

2) Stability& Economic Growth: Marlborough’s size of population requires a four-year Mayoral term to enhance the long-term city planning.

3) Improved Labor Relations: A four-year term will promote better labor relations and negotiations.

4) Proven Success: Twelve cities having mayors with four-year terms.

5) Partnership With Business Community: A longer term would enhance relations with the business community, retaining and creating jobs.

6) Fiscal Planning: A four year Mayoral term will strengthen long term financial planning for the city.

I am asking all of you to join in this effort. Your community will be a better place when we all work together.

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