Provincetown election includes three-way race for chosen board seat
ANNUAL ELECTION OF THE CITY OF PROVINCETOWN
When: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 11
Or: Provincetown Town Hall, 260 Commercial Street
Information (including advance voting): https://www.provincetown-ma.gov/108/ElectionsVoter-Information
Three nominees are vying for a three-year seat on the Provincetown Select board: Leslie Sandburg, incumbent Lise Balk King and Oriana Conklin.
Education: BA in English Writing and Literature from Emmanuel College, Boston
Occupation: General Manager of Local 186 Restaurant & Enzo Guesthouse
Political and community service: Current member of the Provincetown Conservation Commission; host of the Chef’s Table performance for the Cape Cod AIDS Support Group in Bubala and Local 186; beach cleanings
On the priorities: Conklin wants to improve Internet access and stability with a $ 7 million switch from cable to fiber Internet service, which she says will connect all homes in Provincetown to the Internet 100 times faster than the current speed. “This would be a great time to do it, as there is state and federal funding available in the COVID relief plan and Biden’s infrastructure bill,” she said.
About accommodation: In the short term, she suggests installing modular units at the Foreign War Veterans site on Jerome Smith Road. “As a business owner, I know businesses would pay for this accommodation. Perhaps this could be a source of income for the city, ”she said.
Community issues: Conklin supports the city health department’s five-year mental health plan that would add clinicians to city hall, accessible to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. While efforts to create a new police station must move forward, she said, it is important for the community to know that most calls to the police are aimed at health checks. For long-term solutions, Conklin suggests expanding the city’s wastewater treatment facilities and zoning constraints.
Lise Balk King
Education: Master of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government (’11), BA in History from Mount Holyoke College (’86)
Occupation: Media producer, director and consultant specializing in public policies and social impact
Political and community experience: Three years on the Provincetown Select Board of Directors; public policy projects in the areas of public health, education, Indian affairs, alternative energy, mental health, veterans’ health care, suffrage and economic development; co-founder, Provincetown COVID-19 Task Force; founding member of the board of directors, Provincetown Public Art Foundation; launched the proposal of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee which contributed to Article 13 on the May 1 mandate of the annual municipal meeting; Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy (2011-2014); delegate, The Women in Public Service Project, US Department of State (2013); member, Technical Expert Working Group on Violence Against Women, Harvard Kennedy School (2012); Member, Board of Directors, Women Empowered Afghanistan (2014-17)
On the priorities: Climate change has been linked to big issues she worked on when she was on the board, King said. She also proposed article 18 on the May 1 annual municipal mandate, she said, to ensure that all future government work takes into account the impacts of climate change, coastal resilience and the protection of natural resources.
“We are the canaries in the climate change coal mine,” King said. “We are surrounded on three sides by water and we are the closest land to the fastest warming body of water on the planet.”
About accommodation: King offers portable residential trailers – known as “men’s camps” when she lived in South Dakota – to provide immediate housing for seasonal workers this summer. It also supports the use of a houseboat and encourages owners to rent out their units.
Longer-term housing solutions include continuing the work started by the city’s economic stabilization and sustainability subcommittee, which she launched, she said. King supports the removal of maps to identify city-owned properties potentially available for additional housing – including the area on Route 6 from Shank Painter Road to Herring Cove Beach. She would consider a moratorium on Airbnb vacation rentals if the property is not owner-occupied.
Community issues: Her institutional understanding of the governance of Provincetown, she said, is a big plus, as learning the technical aspects of “getting things done on the board takes time.” King described his communication style as actively engaging with the public and promoting discussion at meetings, and noted that his tenure included helping with the hiring of new City Manager Alex Morse; help mitigate the pandemic while keeping many businesses open across the city; create a film license process; and acting as a selective liaison to the board of directors with the Public Pier Corporation and the Harbor Committee.
Education: BA in Political Science from Tufts University (1985) and MA in Public Policy and Journalism from American University (1991)
Occupation: Small business owner of a strategic communications firm, Rose, Sandberg & Associates
Political and community experience: Presidential campaign Walter Mondale 1984; Campaign of Senator Edward M. Kennedy in 1988; Clinton White House Media Affairs 1995-96; Press Secretary, Attorney General of Minnesota, Hubert H. Humphrey, III (1997-98); Press Secretary, Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch (1999-2007); Director of Communications, Mike Ciresi for the US Senate (2007-08); chief communications consultant for Julian Cyr for the 2016 State Senate; Senior Advisor to Senator Julian Cyr (2017-2020); Board Member, Minnesota Civil Liberties Union, Minnesota HRC Federal Club, Provincetown Community Television; founding member, The Kara Kennedy Fund; director, Cape Cod Pilgrim Memorial Association; member, 2019 Municipal Directors Research Committee.
On the priorities: Going forward, the police station project is one of the goals, she said. Sandberg proposes to present three options to voters – one for $ 8.6 million, a second for $ 11 million, and a third for $ 15 million. A $ 12.5 million design failed by nine votes in 2019 because the community was surprised at the extra last-minute costs, she said.
About accommodation: Sandberg proposes the simultaneous construction of several housing projects, financed in part by short-term rental taxes. Immediately, modular and mobile units can be brought to the Foreign Wars Veterans site on Jerome Smith Road for seasonal workers, she said.
Longer-term housing projects that Sandberg suggests include building units above a parking structure behind the old high school; increasing the height limit for buildings in non-historic areas so that additional units can be built; and the addition of housing along the planned Shank Painter Road rotary.
Community issues: As Sandberg supports Article 13 on the May 1 annual town meeting mandate – the proposal for a municipal office for diversity, equity and inclusion – she believes a study should be conducted Firstly.