Barrows offers thanks for allowing his service

Barrows offers thanks for allowing his service

Reflecting on my service to the Town of Smithfield, and after careful consideration, I believe it is time to reconsider my involvement in local politics. After many discussions with family and friends, I am ready to begin the next chapter of my life.

I have found myself spending more and more time in Massachusetts, taking pride in building a career as an insurance broker at Barrows Insurance Agency, a third generation family-owned business started by my grandmother over 40 years ago.

I first ran for elective office in 2014 as a 21-year-old college graduate. My goal was to maintain the highest quality of education in Smithfield that was provided to me. I am proud to have served on a School Committee that did the following: Provided Chromebooks to students to bring 21st Century technology in the classroom, hired a highly qualified superintendent to lead our district, provided guidance on elementary reconfiguration and worked with the Town Council, year after year, to approve a fair and balanced school department budget.

In 2016, after an unsuccessful run for State Senate, I had the honor of being selected by my colleagues to serve as the vice chairperson of the Smithfield School Committee. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity I had to serve on the School Committee. I want to thank the voters of Smithfield who trusted me as a leader, and put their faith in me to better our school system. While I may be stepping aside for now, I will never rule out running for office in our great town again. To be clear, “Service Before Self” is a motto that I always have and will always continue to live by.

Brent Barrows