The chief financial officer for Westfield Washington Schools has announced plans to run for a seat on the Westfield City Council.
Brian Tomamichel, who serves as assistant superintendent for business and operations, plans to seek one of the two at-large seats on the council during the primary in May 2023. Tomamichel has worked for the school district for more than five years, where he manages a $130 million budget.
Among his accomplishments are increasing the district’s rainy-day fund, which now has a reserve of $6.1 million, a decrease of nearly 35 percent in the district’s tax rate, in addition to the district’s bond rating increasing from BBB+ to A- that has resulted in lowered interest rates on projects, according to a news release. He and his wife Lindsay have three children, Berkeley, Braxton and Brooks.
“In my position at WWS, I have been fortunate to be involved in many community projects and I have seen firsthand all Westfield has to offer,” Tomamichel said. “Unfortunately, I have also watched economic development drastically halt, community enhancement projects such as the Monon tunnel under 161st Street be placed on hold and costly and unnecessary legal battles stall council decisions on what really matters to our residents. I cannot help but think that we can do better, we can expect better, and we can treat people better.”
Tomamichel said he believes as the fastest-growing city in Indiana, public safety and infrastructure should be top priorities for Westfield.
“Growth in Westfield is inevitable, and we need to meet it with both firm boundaries and fiscally responsible decision-making,” he said. “This does not mean that we should be anti-growth, but we should be strategic in our planning and development and with the goal of increasing the level of service for our community.”
His campaign priorities include strategic investment in infrastructure and public safety as Westfield continues to grow; fiscally responsible decision-making and investment in quality growth; increasing levels of communication with council, staff and residents; working with leadership on creating a strategic growth mindset for councilors and staff; attracting and shaping major commercial development while increasing the city’s tax base; and continuing to create a fun and safe community for all.
For more, visit Tomamichel’s Facebook page.