Provincetown Select Board candidate, Leslie Sandberg

PROVINCETOWN – Leslie Sandberg is keen to sit on the Select Board of Directors as a member focused on policies rather than personalities.

“Thirty years in public service teaches you that it’s not about your own individual interests,” Sandberg said. “It’s about the interests of the city. I’m going to come in and hit the ground running.

Solutions emerge by spelling out the details, working as a team and seeking direct input from the community, Sandberg said.

Sandberg will run on May 11 for a three-year seat on the Board of Directors. Lise Balk King and Oriana Conklin are also in the running.

Sandberg proposes the simultaneous construction of several housing projects, financed in part by short-term rental taxes. Immediately, modular and mobile units can be brought to the Foreign Wars Veterans site on Jerome Smith Road for seasonal workers, she said.

“What we need to do beyond that is we need to understand how it won’t happen again,” Sandberg said. “We have to build.”

Longer-term housing projects that Sandberg suggests include building units above a parking structure behind the old high school; increasing the height limit for buildings in non-historic areas so that additional units can be built; and the addition of housing along the planned Shank Painter Road rotary.

“Because we have limited land, we are also going to have to talk to other towns,” she said.

Going forward, the police station project is one of the goals, she said. Sandberg proposes to present three options to voters – one for $ 8.6 million, a second for $ 11 million, and a third for $ 15 million. A $ 12.5 million design failed by nine votes in 2019 because the community was surprised at the extra last-minute costs, she said.

As Sandberg supports Article 13 on the mandate of the May 1 annual municipal meeting – the proposal for a municipal office for diversity, equity and inclusion – she believes a study should be conducted Firstly. His neighbor, Earl Hinton, would be great for the job because he did a similar study for brokerage firm Fidelity Investments in Boston, Sandberg said.

Sandberg, originally from Minnesota, arrived in Provincetown in 1997. The city immediately touched her.

“Being able to walk down the street and hold the hand of someone you love without being afraid was empowering,” Sandberg said. She decided to move to Provincetown six years ago with her wife, Kathleen “Kass” Goodwin, who sits on the city’s finance committee. Part of the decision to move to Provincetown came with the death of their parents, Sandberg said.

Since moving to Provincetown, she has helped Senator Julian Cyr get elected and served as Cyr’s Senior Advisor from 2017 to 2020. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of Provincetown Community Television and is a Trustee of the Cape Cod Pilgrim Memorial Association. During the COVID-19 virus outbreak, she worked in communications for the city’s health board until the contract ended on March 31.

Through his public relations firm, Sandberg previously had contracts with the Provincetown Public Pier Corporation and the Cape Cod National Seashore, and currently holds a contract with the Cape Cod AIDS Support Group. If the AIDS support group shows up before the selection committee for a grant, Sandberg said she would not vote.

“I have a skill set that no one on the board has,” Sandberg said. “It makes me an asset to the city.”

Leslie Sandberg

Age: 58

Education: BA in Political Science from Tufts University (1985) and MA in Public Policy and Journalism from American University (1991)

Employment: Small business owner of a strategic communications firm, Rose, Sandberg & Associates

Political experience: Presidential campaign Walter Mondale 1984; Campaign of Senator Edward M. Kennedy in 1988; Clinton White House Media Affairs 1995-96; Press Secretary, Attorney General of Minnesota, Hubert H. Humphrey, III (1997-98); Press Secretary, Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch (1999-2007); Director of Communications, Mike Ciresi for the US Senate (2007-08); chief communications consultant for Julian Cyr for the 2016 State Senate; Senior State Advisor to Senator Julian Cyr (2017-2020).

Other community service: Board Member, Minnesota Civil Liberties Union; board member, Minnesota HRC Federal Club; volunteer, Open Arms Minnesota; founding member, The Kara Kennedy Fund; director, Cape Cod Pilgrim Memorial Association; Board Member, Provincetown Community Television; member, 2019 Municipal Directors Research Committee.


This story was updated on April 29, 2021 to correct Sandberg’s work dates for Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch.

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