About David L. Atkins, Jr.


  • Westwood, MA resident since 2005; also lived in Roslindale and Needham
  • born in Newport News, VA
  • father: mechanical designer for Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Company
  • mother: homemaker and current resident of Westwood
  • graduate: MIT and Seattle University School of Law
  • employer: software development manger of business intelligence for Steward Health Care
  • married 23 years to Jen Atkins; 3 children aged 13, 12, 10
  • member of Dedham First Church and Parish, Unitarian Universalist


  • created, authored and managed hyperlocal news site westwoodblog.org from 2007-2013
  • founder of Westwood Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Committee 2008
  • founding board member of Westwood Media Center, 2008-2016
  • cubmaster and committee chair, Pack 1 Islington cub scouts 2015-2017
  • elected to Westwood Housing Authority, 2014
  • elected to Westwood Planning Board, 2016

Priorities in Government

  • transparency, integrity, and civic engagement: respect and include all points of view and trust that informed citizens will make the best choices.
  • economic and social justice: the inherent dignity of all human beings demands inclusion.
  • practicality: government serves when it solves problems.