IHeather Goetz am running for a seat on the Board of Selectmen because I believe serving the community is the best way to show my appreciation for Simsbury. Simsbury has been a wonderful community to raise our children, to make lasting friendships, and with its mix of outdoor spaces, charming town center, and numerous other quality of life offerings, it’s truly a place I feel a deep gratitude for. I have enjoyed being able to contribute on various levels which has given me the opportunity to meet many different residents and would be humbled and honored to now serve at the board of selectmen level.

Since moving to Simsbury in 2006, I have been active in the community in several capacities. My early involvement began at Tariffville School, where I served six years on the PTO, two as President. In addition, I started the Creative Kids and Movie Night events, and have run Pasta Night, with this October being my seventh year. I was also involved with the “Save Tariffville School” initiative. With three children now attending three of our Simsbury schools, I just became active on the Simsbury High School PTC as Secretary, and this will be my third year as PTC Vice President at Henry James Middle School. Furthermore, I serve on the Simsbury Public Library Board of Trustees, where I am currently co-chairing the Strategic Planning Committee. I recently assumed the Chair of the Historic District Commission, having served as a member for the past three years. I also enjoy volunteering with the Simsbury Junior Women’s Club and Healing Meals. They both do wonderful work. Prior to moving to Simsbury, I had a broad professional background, initially as a financial trader for Goldman Sachs International in London. Years later, upon returning to the USA, I attended Cornell Medical College becoming a surgical Physician’s Assistant.

There are always numerous challenges to any community, and Simsbury is no different. If elected, I will lead by listening first, bringing a balanced, pragmatic approach to all the challenges and opportunities we face. That said, I think the struggles our local businesses have had to deal with, and are still facing, have been and are existentially challenging. Not only do our local businesses contribute to our tax base, but they add to the charm and convenience of our town. They are owned by our neighbors, and they employ our neighbors. I have been actively speaking with our business owners in recent months and it has been enlightening. If elected, I will continue my education through them and look to create ways to help these businesses and to raise awareness of their existence and offerings. Helping local businesses isn’t just about business, it’s about our community and it’s about our people.