Candidate Profile – Denise Brotherton, Candidate for Selectman

by | May 12, 2014

BrothertonDenise Brotherton is a a lifelong resident of Auburn and an incumbent Selectman.  She graduated from Auburn High School in 1977. She has been a member of St. Joseph’s Church for 55 yrs.  She has 6 sons.

Mrs. Brotherton is the founder of Family Health Center Adolescent Clinic. She works as a triage nurse at Child Health Associates of Auburn. Brotherton is active in District I and II PTOs, volunteers with Auburn Rockets Booster Club, Mary D. Stone School and Middle School Booster Club.  She is also a member of 100 Club of Boston, the American Heart Association, the Mass Nursing Association, American Academy of Legal Nurse Consultants Association, Worcester Fire Fighters Union, Local 1009 and the Cam Neely Foundation.

On living in Auburn, Mrs. Brotherton says “I remember my parents shopping at Holstroms Market and The Auburn Center Market. I even remember skating where the now Auburn Mall sits. My boys have attended Auburn Schools and have played sports on every free piece of land in the town of Auburn. I have volunteered in the Auburn Public Schools and I have been a substitute nurse in the Auburn Schools. I have been a registered voter in the Town of Auburn for many years.  The Town of Auburn has been my home, is my home  and look forward to Auburn to continue to be my home.”

AMD: What do you feel qualifies you to be an Auburn Selectman?

Experience as selectman for the past three years.

AMD: What would you improve in local government?

I believe we need to continue to maintain and constantly review our policies and by-laws as they need to be to be updated and amended as our local government changes. We need to make sure that we address the needs of the Town of Auburn residents.

AMD: What do you feel are the top issues facing the Board of Selectmen?

After recent meetings, it is clear that we need to consider our roadways, those that do belong to Auburn and those that may be before the board in the future for acceptance. Once again, we are coming away from a horrible winter season that continues to exhaust our DPW crews.  Taxes. I can’t believe that there is a city or town that is thrilled with their tax rates. Whether it be residential or commercial. Taxes do not discriminate. Until our economy changes, and property values rise, jobs are created, social security can be saved. I believe that the Town of Auburn has acted in the best interest of the residents.

AMD: What will you personally bring to the Board?

I hope to continue to bring respect to the board.  A Selectman Board is a unity of residents that represent different ideas and thoughts, collectively they should be able to agree and/or disagree. However, there is a right way and a wrong way to disagree. I will continue to represent my board in a respectful manner.

AMD: Do you have any suggestions to keep Auburn on its strong financial track?

I am recommending that we continue to follow the recommendations of the Fianance Committee and the leadership of our Town Manager and CFO for continued success.