Bialecki throwing hat in ring


Recorder Staff
Published: 3/29/2017 10:31:46 PM

ATHOL — Rebecca Bialecki believes people shouldn’t complain about something if they’re not willing to step up and make a change.

That’s why she has thrown her hat into the ring for one of the two available Athol Board of Selectmen seats. Bialecki faces challenges from Holly Young and Sarah Gambrell to unseat incumbents Anthony Brighenti and Alan Dodge in Monday’s election.

Bialecki used to work as a community organizer for the North Quabbin Community Coalition and said she built numerous positive relationships in that capacity.

“I’m known for listening to people. You’re working with multiple issues that affect a town,” she said, adding that she learned it is critical to bring all stakeholder voices to the table. “Nothing really happens in a vacuum.”

Bialecki also said she wants to help better educate people on the local government process.

“I think we need to be much more creative in how we’re doing things and not just do things the way they’ve been done,” she said. “I’m not running on any sort of issue. I think that’s important.”

Bialecki said she was unhappy with the way the Board of Selectmen handled the proposed regionalization of 911 dispatch and wants to increase public input.

Bialecki is the vice president of Heywood Healthcare.

Polls will be open at the Athol Senior Center from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.


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