Greg Liakos Announces Candidacy for Board of Selectmen
Greg Liakos, candidate for Board of Selectmen, kicked off his campaign Tuesday night at the Dockside Restaurant in his Greenwood neighborhood. Earlier in the day the Grafton Street resident arrived at Town Hall to submit 259 signatures for nomination, which he gathered knocking on doors and listening to voters in every part of Wakefield.
Liakos told a packed gathering of supporters at the Dockside that he will champion the new Galvin Middle School as the next key step in improving the quality of the town’s public education system and securing our fair share of local aid for Wakefield's public schools.
Support for the new Galvin, he said, is a sign that Wakefield residents want to see smart, strategic investment in their community. "By showing us why we need a new Galvin you're showing us a path toward moving Wakefield foward together - to the kind of community we want to leave to our children and grandchildren," Liakos said. "We want them to learn in quality schools, of course. But we also want to make sure they walk home on safe streets and play ball in clean parks."
Liakos supports investing five percent of our annual town budget for infrastructure improvements to our buildings and public spaces. He wants to resurface more road miles annually to improve the condition of our streets and sidewalks.
To achieve that goal, he will accelerate the redevelopment of the dowtown and Greenwood commercial district to attract new investors and grow our tax base.
Liakos will advocate for our seniors with an income maximization plan including the under-utilized "circuit breaker" tax credit.
“Meeting these goals will take time,” Liakos said, “but with leadership, creativity, and resolve, we can address these challenges and leave Wakefield a better town for the next generation.”
Since 2004, Liakos has served as Communications Director for the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), a state agency that supports the arts, humanities, and sciences. He has traveled across the state working with colleagues in the nonprofit cultural sector, supporters in the Legislature, in city and town halls to harness the power of the arts and culture to build better communities.
Liakos is a graduate of Assumption College and Tufts University, where he earned an MA in History.
He and his wife, Kathleen McNamara, bought their first home in Greenwood where they raised their son David, now a senior at Connecticut College, and Madeline, a sophomore at Austin Prep.
Greg will be easily accessible throughout his grass-roots campaign at www.GregLiakos.com, and if elected, he plans to continue community conversations with the voters to ensure their voices are heard.
On April 24, cast one of your two votes for Greg Liakos to provide the new leadership Wakefield needs for these challenging times.