Q&A: City Council candidate Sheila Gilmour


Published: 10/26/2021 4:11:11 PM

Editor’s note: This questionnaire was completed by Sheila Gilmour, one of five candidates on the ballot for Greenfield City Council in the Nov. 2 election. Gilmour is running unopposed to represent Precinct 6. Look for more questionnaires from City Council and School Committee candidates throughout the week.

Occupation (past/present): University of Massachusetts Amherst: I work with online students in the Registrar’s Office. Prior to UMass, I served in the Air Force for eight years.

Political experience: Current vice president of City Council, representing Precinct 6.

How long have you lived in Greenfield? I moved here in 2012.

What qualities would you bring to the City Council? I always try to approach issues with empathy and an open mind. I want Greenfield to be a place that all of us enjoy calling home.

Are you up-to-date on property taxes? Have you ever been delinquent on your taxes? I am up-to-date on my taxes and have never been delinquent.

Which subcommittees would you be interested in serving on and why? I would be happy to serve on any committee, but I especially enjoy the Appointments and Ordinances Committee.

What should the city’s priorities be in terms of the revitalization of downtown? Public events always raise people’s spirits while giving our downtown businesses a boost. I would like to see more events that attract foot traffic downtown like pop-up markets, an arts walk or a regularly scheduled “First Friday-style” event like some of the surrounding communities do.

What is your stance on ballot Question 1, regarding the proposed change to the city charter?

I served on the Charter Review Committee, Appointments and Ordinances Committee and the full council, so I’ve been a part of this process from the beginning. I’ve had my say three times, and now it’s up to the voters to either accept or reject the language that was drafted as we tried to find a compromise between two sides.


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