Letter to the Editor:  Regarding Shawn Hanegan, Candidate for Select Board

~ Submitted by Elena Zorn

Dear friends, neighbors and those I’ve yet to meet, it is with great pleasure that I write this letter in support of Shawn Hanegan for Select Board. My name is Elena Zorn; I’ve lived in Bedford for almost twelve years and have raised our Lane-School-aged kids with my husband Nick. I know Shawn in my capacity as a member of the Bedford Housing Partnership committee.

If you’re reading this, chances are you care about Bedford just as Shawn does. What you may not know about him is that he’s an excellent listener, very knowledgeable about our by-laws and the process of “getting stuff done”, and eager to help new people like me be effective participants in this government.

One example of my interactions with Shawn: When I had a question about whether a situation should be considered a conflict of interest, Shawn pointed me to the exact paragraph of the MA conflict of interest law that covered the topic, but noted how the question I posed was nuanced and deserved some consideration. He also pointed me to a phone number for free advice from a lawyer provided by the MA state government. I called the number and then felt confident in my interpretation. This is how he helped to empower me to make my own decision.

I mean this in a positive way – Shawn is a geek for government. He has my enthusiastic support for his candidacy for Select Board.  Check out his website: shawnforbedford.org.  If you get a chance, please talk to him and form your own impression. I am confidant you will find a promising candidate and he may just become your favorite.

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