Alison Genest is Chairman of the Dracut Board of Selectmen.
She was elected to the board in 2020. Alison topped the ticket in a five-candidate race, winning 9 precincts and tying in the 10th.
As a Selectman, in collaboration with her colleagues and the town manager, Alison is focused on a variety of issues, including keeping Dracut affordable, strengthening planning and oversight, and supporting public safety.
She is co-chair of the board's Economic Development subcommittee and a member of the Open Space & Recreation subcommittee and the Public Safety subcommittee. She previously served as the board's vice chair.
See Alison's full bio.
The Dracut Board of Selectmen's next meeting takes place April 12, 2022 at 7 pm.
See the agenda and other details on the Board of Selectmen's page on the Town of Dracut's website.
You can watch past meetings of The Dracut Board of Selectmen online.
See the Dracut Board of Selectmen's past meetings on DracutTV.org.
Alison Genest in the News
Lowell Sun: Dracut board welcomes new faces
"The board chose to go with a newcomer for the vice chair role, electing Selectman Alison Genest, who will take the reins from Selectman Tony Archinski."
Alison Genest focuses on financial, planning and oversight issues during first 3 months as Dracut Selectman
Dracut Selectman Alison Genest has had a productive first 90 days in office.
The Dracut Board of Selectmen has unanimously passed a resolution standing in solidarity with the town’s police officers.
The board chose to go with a newcomer for the vice chair role, electing Selectman Alison Genest, who will take the reins from Selectman Tony Archinski.
It was in with the new and no thanks to old hands at this week’s Dracut election.
Despite the presence of longtime pols Phil Thibault and Joe Espinola on the ballot, financial services professional and political newcomer Alison Genest topped the ticket.
Alison Genest topped the ticket.
“I’m honored and humbled by the overwhelming response from the voters. Obviously they responded to my positive message of change for Dracut. There were a lot of negative forces that tried to work against me, and I’m so glad that the voters saw through it and they rejected those voices,” she said. “And this is a new day for Dracut.”
Genest has said her main priorities are keeping Dracut affordable and supporting the town’s public safety departments, as well as focusing on accountability at Town Hall.
Vote in Dracut on June 29!
Alison Genest, candidate for Selectman in Dracut, brings 30 years of private-sector experience in financial services, including extensive budgeting, management and oversight -- relevant, real-world experience that will help move our community forward.
Alison Genest, candidate for Selectman in Dracut, talks about supporting our firefighters and police officers, ensuring strong public safety and protecting our citizens and community.
Alison Genest, candidate for Dracut Selectman in the June 29 election, has released a "Meet The Candidate" video on DATV about her background, professional experience and positions on important town issues.
Alison Genest, candidate for Dracut Selectman, talks about strengthening planning and oversight to help save money for taxpayers.
Alison Genest, candidate for Dracut Selectman, talks about keeping Dracut affordable, including boosting economic development and holding the line on fees and taxes.
Alison Genest, candidate for Selectman, has been endorsed by Dracut Firefighters IAFF Local 2586.
A Dracut native, financial services professional and political newcomer, Genest has made supporting public safety a cornerstone of her campaign.
In a Lowell Sun op/ed, Alison Genest, candidate for Dracut Selectman, says reassessing the situation and pivoting, based on where the town is today, is absolutely in Dracut's best interest.
"Ann Vandal is thoroughly familiar with the town’s budget and operations. Her knowledge is exactly what we need in a town manager, to ensure continuity and lead us through a period of economic recovery. This is the second time she’s served as interim town manager and she’s in the best possible position to help make what will be tough decisions going forward," Genest said.
Financial services professional Alison Genest, candidate for Dracut Selectman, said she believes Ann Vandal’s knowledge of the town’s budget and operations positions her to provide continuity and lead the town through a period of economic recovery.
“Hiring Ann Vandal as town manager isn’t just a good thing for Dracut, it’s the best possible thing, based on the current circumstances, where we’re headed financially in the coming months and years, and her track record of proven leadership,” Genest said. “Under ordinary circumstances, following the established process would have been ideal. But these aren’t ordinary times. These are extraordinary times. Everything has changed with COVID-19 and we need to be able to adapt to current circumstances.”
Alison Genest, candidate for Dracut Selectman, has released a video about the town manager search.
"These are extraordinary times. We need bold decisions and proven leadership."
Alison Genest, candidate for Dracut Selectman, has released a statement about the stalled town manager search in Dracut:
Alison Genest has worked as a leadership and organizational development consultant in the financial services industry for more than 20 years. Her experience includes talent development, performance management, leadership coaching and succession planning. Alison helps leadership teams ensure business continuity by putting the right people in the right roles at the right time, to meet critical talent, operational and organizational needs.
Alison Genest, candidate for Dracut Selectman, has more than 25 years of private-sector budgeting, management and oversight experience in the financial services industry.
After graduating from Dracut High School in 1985 and receiving an academic scholarship from the Dracut Scholarship Foundation, she attended the University of Lowell and earned a degree in finance.
Within three years of joining a well-known Boston firm, Alison was managing a team of eight and overseeing accounting operations for domestic and international mutual funds with combined assets under management of $25 million. She eventually transitioned into leadership and organizational development and has worked for financial services firms in that capacity for more than 20 years, including serving as the project manager of leadership and talent development programs at a $500 billion asset management firm.
Alison Genest, candidate for Selectman, was born and raised in Dracut.
Alison's mother, Elvina Leczynski, was a first-generation American who was raised on the family farm on Parker Road. Alison's father, Bill Estabrook, Sr., served as a Dracut firefighter for 35 years.
Coming from a farming family, Alison Genest has a deep respect for nature and takes our stewardship of the land very seriously. She's proud to be Polish and a part of Dracut's strong agricultural heritage.
Alison Genest, candidate for Dracut Selectman, has launched a multi-part series highlighting her background, professional experience and campaign platform. The Dracut native, financial services professional and political newcomer is on the ballot in the June 29th election.
Alison Genest, candidate for Selectman in Dracut, is emphasizing the need for positive, independent and
Dracut native Alison Genest, a political newcomer with 30 years of experience in financial services, is running for Selectman.
“I want to put my experience and skills to use for Dracut and give back to the town I love,” Genest said.
Alison Genest, a political newcomer with deep roots in Dracut, is running for Selectman in the June 29th town election.