Former Housing Authority Commissioner Teases Running Again
Mar 16, 2018 06:38PM ● Published by Bill Gilman
In something of a surprise, former commissioner Brian Bond announced this week he was considering a run to reclaim a seat on the Dracut Housing Authority.
Bond made the announcement Thursday on the Facebook page of The Dracut Connection, the DATV show he co-hosts with Gordy Scott.
Bond, who presently serves on the DATV Board of Directors, said he would take the weekend to consider whether to return his signed nomination papers to the office of the Town Clerk by 5 p.m. Monday, March 19, the deadline to get his name on the ballot.
If he does return his papers and his signatures are certified, Bond will make it a three-way race for one 5-year term on the Housing Authority. He would join incumbent George Nangell and challenger Frederick Spicer.
In his Facebook post, Bond accused Housing Authority commissioners of nepotism and blamed the authority for failing to push ahead with new senior citizen housing.
Bond has long been an outspoken and, at times, a polarizing figure in Dracut politics. In recent years, he has been involved in very public feuds with Bob Corey and Warren Shaw.
Below is the full text of Bond's statement on Facebook:
I have been honored and privileged to previously serve the folks of Dracut as a Commissioner of Dracut Housing Authority.
After sitting out the past few years while painfully observing how the current commissioners successfully filled job opening with the politically connected friends. We all watched in disbelief as they attempted to give a private developer a Town Meeting purchase of $1,000,000 for 17 acres of land for building 60-units and another $3,000,000 in seed money that was earmarked for very low-income seniors.
Enough was enough and just the other day I decided to throw my name into the mix to run for office to get senior housing built. As you know I’m a high energy person and I don’t do things half throttle. In fact, if I was still on the board Dracut seniors would be living in those unit today!
You may or may not know, on October 26, 2017 at the Dracut Access TV annual meeting I humbly asked for and received the vote to serve on Board of Directors and I thank you for the support. Last evening, I attended my first board of directors meeting and the main focus of it was the construction of a new DATV facility.
I have years of real estate and construction experience to guide the construction as DATV continues to address the growing needs of Dracut, especially due to the limited financial resources.
As a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit board of director I have a fiduciary responsibility to the members and you the pubic. Along with fellow board members, I’m using my experience and have taken a leadership role in seeing this project completed and done within budget.
With this new role at DATV, business and family commitments I will take the weekend and contemplate whether or not to return my signed nomination papers on March 19th at 5PM.
Brian J. Bond