A trained family mediator and community organizer, Caroline Bays announced her candidacy for Watertown Councilor-at-Large today. A Watertown resident for 19 years, Caroline and her husband Bill chose Watertown as an affordable, diverse community in which to raise their two children Austin and Susannah.
She has organized volunteers and talked with Watertown voters about the issues in local campaigns to elect Watertown Councilors Susan Falkoff and Tony Palomba, State Representative Jon Hecht, State Senator Will Brownsberger, as well as U.S. Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren.
“I’ve spoken to people all over Watertown as I have campaigned for other candidates. I’ve talked to people about issues that upset them as well as the many strengths of our community,” says Bays. “I have heard their concerns about new development, worsening traffic, the cost of buying a home, and the quality of our public schools. I share their love for our vibrant community, our open spaces, and our small-town feel combined with large city amenities.
“Watertown is growing and changing so quickly. To preserve what’s great about this community, we need to involve residents in making important decisions about major priorities like transportation, education, safety, and sustainability. Citizens want to play a role in building on our history and shaping our future. I want to find ways to get them involved.”
As a long time participant and leader in several Watertown community groups, Caroline knows that citizen participation is critical for effective government and is uniquely positioned to enhance citizen involvement. She is the co-chair and founding member of Progressive Watertown, a Steering Committee Member of Sustainable Watertown, Vice President of the Watertown Democratic Town Committee, and has been an active member of Watertown Citizens for more than ten years.
“Caroline knows Watertown and does her homework. She is active and informed on the issues. I am impressed with how well she understands the Town budget. This takes time, attention and persistence. She is one of my most engaged constituents who identifies both problems and paths to resolution,” commented Councilor Susan Falkoff.
An experienced family mediator, trained and certified at the University of Massachusetts, Caroline is comfortable working together with people from different beliefs and backgrounds. Raised in a family with Quaker values on one side and a strong military tradition on the other, she knows creative solutions are built on common ground.
“We need to make important decisions about how to balance needs, resources, and opportunities around traffic, school, the cost of housing, and living sustainably,” says Bays. “Let’s figure out where we do agree and where we don’t. When we bring different viewpoints together and listen to each other, this can push us towards finding creative solutions and opening pathways to find the best way forward.”
Caroline is a professional artist and earned her BA in International Studies from the University of South Carolina. To get involved, email Caroline Bays at CarolineforWatertown@gmail.com. Help Elect Caroline for Councilor and join her on Facebook at: Caroline Bays for Watertown