My name is Jenn Gilman, and I’ve spent the last 6 months knocking on every door in Ward 3. My neighbors have learned that my husband Keith and I chose Westfield because we love the downtown, the beautiful tree-lined streets, and the strong sense of community. Our two young daughters attend Jefferson and couldn’t be happier. 

I’m a teacher, Girl Scout Troop leader, active PTO volunteer, and former legislative leader for Moms Demand Action. I’ve advocated for my students, for common sense safety legislation, and am ready to advocate for the residents of Westfield by serving on Town Council.

Responding to constituents’ concerns is the most basic requirement for our Councilpersons. In July, I proactively advocated for the installation of a beacon light at the crosswalk of South Ave and Cacciola Place. It’s scheduled to be installed within the next couple of weeks. This was a major concern for residents in that neighborhood for years, and no action was taken. This prompted other Ward 3 residents who’ve seen my commitment to public safety, to reach out about their concerns regarding road striping and sidewalk ramps. While I’ll enthusiastically address your specific concerns, I promise to go a step further and advocate for broader infrastructure improvements such as road paving, sidewalk protections, and overall safety measures that all residents will benefit from. 

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Westfield is an amazing Town, but our prior complacency means we have a lot of catching up to do. In addition to listening to constituents concerns, we need to be proactive in identifying them before they occur. I want to be on the team that has demonstrated this kind of proactive leadership, because that is how I’ve operated throughout my life. And you only need to take one look at all the candidates this year, to appreciate the unique perspective I will bring to the Council. 

When Mayor Brindle first asked me to run, I paused because I knew what a huge commitment being a Town Councilperson is. But then I remembered—the most worthwhile things in life are often the hardest. And who would I be if I didn’t follow through on the pledge I take with my Girl Scouts to serve God and country? I’ll close by first thanking Mark for his service to our Town, and to his wife Maria for the sacrifices that she’s had to make. Most importantly, thank you to my husband Keith for his unwavering support, and to my two beautiful daughters, for whom I strive to set a good example.

I’m invested in making Westfield a place where all families feel welcome. A place where we continue to have a local government that proactively looks to solve problems, and doesn’t rely on a quick band-aid approach. I know bringing people together and putting in the work, will yield the results Westfield needs now and for future generations. I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve the residents in Ward 3, and I look forward to earning your vote on Tuesday, Nov. 5. 

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