Honored, grateful, and excited don’t seem to capture my emotions right now. Thank you to all who voted and placed trust in me to represent you. I expect there will be a recount requested, but at this time it appears that I’ve won the race for Selectboard by 4 votes!
I wanted to share the video from June 2020 when I applied for appointment to fill a vacancy on the Selectboard. Watching this gives a range of my views, but feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
It’s been a busy week! Rights and Democracy Candidate Forum 2/15/2021: Has not yet been posted Click to listen: WVMT Morning Drive 2/16/2021
At the first public hearing on the plan of merger occurring on 2/2/2021, I read the following statement before I gave only one of the three comments I had prepared. With the limitation on time, I will have to attend the second public hearing in order to ensure my input is heard in a publicContinue reading “Public Hearings”
I was recently asked if there was a special area of concentration I’d like to focus on. Yes, there is! Communication: At a meeting with the Selectboard, Trustees, Planning Commissions, and ZBA, I stated that there needs to be more communication between all elected/appointed bodies. The Selectboard should meet on at least an annual basisContinue reading “Communication and Committee Structure”
At last night’s joint Selectboard/Trustee meeting, Finance Director Sarah Macy certainly cleared up a lot of confusion. Her matter-of-fact way of presenting the full financial impact from all angles was exactly what residents have been wanting. In addition to what’s in the packet, she presented a comprehensive spreadsheet which expands upon one I’ve posted inContinue reading “The Value of Data”
You may have recently seen a post on Facebook, Front Porch Forum, or elsewhere titled “Serious Misinformation About Merger”. I think it’s extremely important to point out that the post contains misinformation itself! The post claims that the numbers presented by two Town Outside the Village (TOV) residents is “…absolutely NOT correct” and “…absolutely false”.Continue reading “Correcting Misinformation”
Background: At the Selectboard meeting on 1/11/2021, member Andy Watts was asked to hold his comments on the agenda item “Consider approval of merger vote information materials”; it was ‘not the time’ to discuss the document and that comments should instead be emailed. A week later (1/19/2021), the same item was on the agenda. SelectboardContinue reading “Representative Democracy?”
Imagine you are a single parent. Imagine you don’t have the extra cash to pay a babysitter for 3-4 hours (or more) several times every month to attend municipal meetings. Imagine you have mobility issues and it is difficult for you to travel to an in-person meeting. Imagine you just aren’t comfortable attending a formalContinue reading “Public Participation”
The Town of Essex is expecting to have the question of merger on their ballot in March 2021. The Village voted on a different version of the proposed charter in November 2020. I find it problematic that the charter voted on by the Village and the proposed charter in the Town are different. This mayContinue reading “Thoughts on Merger”