Hello, my name is Tina (Kristina) Burgos, and I am asking for your vote for Needham Select Board on April 9. 

I’ve lived in Needham with my husband Dave and our twin girls, Gemma and Riley, for 12 years. We were drawn to the town because of the high quality public education, something to which we were committed. Our daughters are now in their first year at Needham High. 

In 2020, like many other people across the country, I was greatly disturbed by George Floyd’s murder and its aftermath. Although I had been very active in the schools until that time, that was the turning point for me to get more involved in the town as a whole. My passion for this work is deeply rooted in tolerance and acceptance of everyone within our community, and I sought meaningful ways to take action. That is how I came to the Human Rights Committee, which I have chaired for the past three years, and became an active volunteer in the Needham Public Schools’ Race, Equity, Access, and Leadership Coalition (REAL). I believe Needham residents want to celebrate diversity and want all groups to feel they belong and are seen.

For several years I have been asked to consider a run for Select Board. With the Human Rights Committee in a solid place, I feel this is the time to take that next step. I believe I can make a positive contribution, and I am excited to speak with you, learn more about your concerns and hopes for Needham, and understand how I can best represent you. 

I hope to earn your vote on April 9. 

In 2017 I opened Covet + Lou, a boutique clothing store on Great Plain Avenue. In 2022 I moved the store to Newton Highlands. During my five years as a small business owner in town I was a member of the Council of Economic Advisors. Having seen the differences in operating a small business between communities, I am sensitive to the needs and struggles of small business owners. I bring ideas to improve conditions and chances for individual success and ways to cultivate and expand our business community to create a vibrant downtown. 

Over the past four years on the Human Rights Committee, I have devoted myself to building trust and stronger relationships between the HRC, the Select Board, School Committee and town agencies including the Police. The way our town can best work toward a positive future is to create and foster these relationships. I believe in listening to understand and bringing people together to find common ground. We have made great strides, and there is more work to do.

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