Letter: Nobile calls Howell an ‘asset’

February 23, 2023

At our Town Caucus on Jan. 30, I was pleased and honored to nominate Mark Howell for a position on our Town Select Board. I have known Mark for more than 20 years and have come to respect and admire him as a good friend, a fellow church-goer, a committed citizen, and an all-around solid, reliable, thoughtful, considerate, and kind man. Mark lives out the values of fairness, honesty, service, and sustainability, and he will be a true asset as a member of our Select Board, where we will all benefit from his wide range of talents and skills.

After a long career with IBM, Mark served for eight years as Concord’s first Chief Information Officer. In that role he planned and started Concord Light Broadband, which is the Light Plant’s fiber-to-home Internet Service. Mark chaired the Fiber Broadband Completion Task Force from 2021 to 2022, which studied how to equitably bring fiber to all of Concord’s residents. Mark’s formal roles in service to Concord have also included six years on the Town Finance Committee, where he served as clerk, vice-chair, and chair.

Mark has embraced numerous other community roles including service as a delegate in our Sister City Program with Nanae, Japan; as a founding member of the Build Thoreau Committee, which proposed using the old Alcott building as swing space; and as a youth mentor leader at both First Parish in Concord and First Religious Society in Carlisle. Please visit www. markforconcord.org for more information about Mark’s background, qualifications, and vision.

Mark will be a hardworking and fair-minded member of our Select Board, and I urge you to vote for Mark at our upcoming Town Election on March 28.

Peter Nobile

Coburn Hill Road