A prominent member of the Cambodian-American community in the United States has announced she is running to be a Select Board member in the Massachusetts town of Bedford.
Bopha Malone announced her run in a statement sent to the media a few days ago.
Found mostly in New England states, a Select Board acts as the executive arm or governing body of a town. It is typically composed of three to five elected members.
“I’m thrilled to announce that I am running to become a member of the Select Board,” the former candidate for the US Congress declared.
The election for the Bedford Select Board will be held on March 14.
Ms Malone said that if elected, her priority would be to maintain the well-being of Bedford and its residents. The town is part of the Greater Boston area.
“As a member of your Select Board, I will ensure that Bedford continues to maintain its small-town community while our infrastructure and services are up-to-date, sustainable and accessible to all. Our children are our future, and our elders are the backbones of our community,” she said.
Ms Malone added that improving the education system, ensuring the quality of life for seniors and addressing traffic and climate change-related issues are also on her agenda.
“We have one of the best public education systems in the Commonwealth, and although we need to maintain our fiscal health, I want to invest selectively and wisely to support the [town’s] school committee’s efforts to maintain and improve our school’s quality and offer our children more programmes and support,” she said.
“I want to make housing available and affordable for seniors. Traffic and issues of climate change are major issues that impact our quality of life, and I am committed to working across departments, committees, and groups to implement creative solutions for a healthier community,” Ms Malone said, adding she is committed and will try her best to get connected and engage with constituents.
“As a liaison between citizens and government, I am committed to being an open, accessible and engaging Select Board member. With my business experiences as a relationship manager and business advisor, combined with my community service background, I will listen and learn and link our residents to the resources they need,” she added.
If elected, according to her, she would commit to hosting a monthly check-in to provide updates and enlist feedback.
“I will also use various communication channels to connect with everyone on issues that matter in our community,” she said.
Ms Malone has a compelling life story. She came to the US as a nine-year-old refugee, unable to speak English and with nothing but clothes on her back.
She rose to prominence two years ago when she ran in the Democratic primary to replace then 3rd Congressional District Representative Niki Tsongas, who opted not to seek re-election.
Ms Malone is also a vice president at the Enterprise Bank in the city of Lowell, Massachusetts, which has one of the largest Cambodian-American populations in the US.