Thank you to Amherst voters who showed their confidence in me. I look forward to serving on our first town Council as one of the three Councilors-at-Large. The Charter wisely established a Council that includes representatives from Districts and three chosen by all voters. During this campaign, I met with people in all five Districts, shared my vision for Amherst, and heard about their vision and concerns. That experience will guide me during my service on the Council. I look forward to contributing my experience from the Select Board and Finance Committee to assure that there is continuity between our former government and our new one. Of course I also want to thank the many people who assisted me during this campaign in so many ways.
Democracy does not work without contested elections that give voters choices. There were twenty-six candidates in this election. All of us cared about Amherst and devoted much to our campaigns. Thirteen of these candidates will not serve on the Council. They are caring people who put themselves before the voters and were not elected. I thank them for running and hope that they remain engaged in our community.
I will welcome the opportunity to continue to hear from you about your hopes and concerns for Amherst. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone to 549-6826.
Join in the inaugural Swearing-in ceremony of the Town Council on December 2nd, 1:00 p.m. at Amherst-Pelham Regional High School. It will be followed by a reception in the school cafeteria. That day will be a celebration for the entire community.
My priorities for the Town Council are:
* Sound town management
* Protecting our quality of life
* Responsible budgeting
* Government responsive to voters
Amherst’s quality of life is our community’s most precious asset, we must work together to protect and enhance it. We are defined by our public schools, public services, and thriving higher education institutions, beautiful surroundings and cultural richness. These qualities brought my family and so many others to this community. I want to ensure that these qualities are here for all present and future Amherst residents. We can accomplish this by ensuring sound management at every level of town services.
I have served in various capacities on volunteer boards for Amherst for over 20 years. I have served on:
Budget Coordinating Committee, Co-Chair
Regional School Planning & Budgeting Group
Campus and Community Coalition
I came to Amherst 38 years ago to live, work, and raise a family. I am an attorney and served as Director of Western Massachusetts Legal Services, a nonprofit provider of civil legal assistance for poor people for over 26 years. When I retired, I welcomed the opportunity to offer my knowledge and skills to our town.
Amherst government is our collective effort to achieve together what we cannot do individually. Its goals and priorities must represent our voters, residents, and tax payers.
That requires that our Council listen to people, considers their views and needs, and explains its decisions. I have been guided by that value of transparency in my professional work as director of the regional civil legal aid organization and in my service to the town.
The accountability to voters promised by the proponents of the new Town Charter will begin with the election of the first Council and must continue as the Council assumes its responsibilities.
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