Catherine Callahan

Why are you seeking the position of Town Clerk? I am running for Town Clerk because I want to preserve the personal touch and care that this office is known for while modernizing operations and working collaboratively with other town departments and elected officials.

What relevant experiences will be most useful for this position? The Town Clerk is not only responsible for maintaining vital records such as birth and death certificates or marriage licenses, but the Town Clerk is the chief elections official. This is a very important position for preserving the integrity of your vote. As the legislature moves forward with early voting and changes in our election laws it is critical that the Town Clerk be impartial and professional. As a life-long resident of Duxbury who has raised her five grown sons here and opened a successful business in town I have built a reputation for being professional, responsive and caring.

What are your strengths and what can you improve on? I believe my greatest strengths are my strong work ethic, desire to interact with the public and interpersonal skills. A Town Clerk should be approachable and willing to go the extra mile to help those that seek service. I have made a living in the private sector and understand the expectations and frustrations that we sometimes face with government regulations. I look forward to increasing my knowledge on the fast paced legislative changes in regards to voting laws and how the goals and objectives of other town departments can be better met through assistance with the Town Clerk’s office.

Why do you want to work for the Town of Duxbury? I want to work for the Town of Duxbury because I want to be part of the town government for the finest community in the Commonwealth. I believe that my love for our town, knowledge of the people I will serve and my own professional experience makes me the best candidate to serve in this office as we face more state mandates, changes in government and expectations from the public.

What are your goals for the position of Town Clerk? To modernize the office to the extent that the laws will allow and find opportunities to make doing business with the office as convenient and accessible as possible for the public.

Are you qualified and prepared to meet the demands of the position of Town Clerk? Why? I would not seek the office of Town Clerk unless I was in a position to dedicate myself 100 percent. My five sons have grown and one of them is prepared to take the reins in my business to allow me to meet the challenges and demands that this office requires and the public deserves. As with any new endeavor I will seek opportunities to enhance my knowledge that I believe will make me and the office of the Town Clerk better.

Is there something you would like to improve on as Town Clerk? What would that be and why? It is imperative that the public be served as efficiently as possible and for that reason I will look to update and modernize operations to the extent the law will allow. I am a familiar face with a welcoming attitude and I will strive to continue in Nancy Oates’ tradition in putting people before politics and going the extra mile to help someone in need.

What qualities make you stand out as a candidate? I believe my deep roots in Duxbury matter in this race. I understand our community and the issues that are important to us. I have run my own business and worked in the private sector which impacts my paradigm on how people should be served. I am enthusiastic about the energy and experience that I can bring to the office and the management team in Duxbury.

Why should you be elected as the next Town Clerk? I believe that my love for our town, knowledge of the people I will serve and my own professional experience makes me the best candidate to serve in this office as we face more state mandates, changes in government and expectations from the public. I am in a position in my life which I can dedicate myself 100 percent to the demands of the job. I bring organizational skills and most importantly interpersonal skills that are needed to not only meet the demands of the public, but work collaboratively with other departments, elected officials and state agencies.