Preston Crow
   

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Allow me to introduce myself.

As you know, my name is Preston Crow. My wife Catherine and I moved to Ashland in 1999 from Cambridge. I work as a software engineer at EMC in Hopkinton, and Catherine taught school most recently at the McAuliffe Charter School in Framingham, but now spends her time raising our two-year-old son. We attend the Presbyterian Church in Sudbury. We had the good fortune to be foster parents for several wonderful children, and hope to do so again once our son is a bit older.

I was born and raised in Boise, Idaho, and graduated from Boise High in 1987. I went to college at Northwest Nazarene College (since renamed to University), and then went to Dartmouth College in New Hampshire for graduate school. It was there that I not only received my Master's degree, but more importantly also met my lovely wife. After living in her home state of New Jersey, we moved to Cambridge where I briefly worked for The Open Group before being hired by EMC. So that brought us to Ashland, where we expect to remain for many years to come.

I have a number of hobbies. I enjoy walking in the town forest and hiking. When the weather is nice, I like to commute to work by bicycle. I never fully outgrew playing with LEGOs, and I recently joined NELUG, an adult LEGO club. I'm also an active member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, a medieval recreation soceity.

I have long had a strong interest in politics and government. Since moving to Ashland, I have attended town meetings and followed other aspects of the town on the cable channel. In 2004, I ran for Selectman. While I lost that race, I learned much about the town through the process, and the following year successfully ran for a seat on the Planning Board, where I serve now.

 

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