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

~ Submitted by Ben Thomas

With a choice to be made in the upcoming vote for Select Board, I have used this opportunity to consider my expectations, my observations, and their qualifications.  One expectation is that both individually, and as a group, the Select Board show determination to provide the best outcome for the Town. Another is that they listen to all input and work together, with the rest of town government and the residents, to achieve these favorable outcomes. They need to understand, and follow, how the Town government works in order to achieve results. I expect them to listen, comprehend, formulate, and lead.

My observations have been built over the last ten years of attending almost every Select Board meeting. I do not expect to agree with all their decisions, but want to see real effort in achieving consensus and progress. This applies to the lesser impact items as well as to the more pressing concerns that our town has and will face. It is through these meetings that I have also come to appreciate the value that experience in town government can bring to bear on effectively achieving results.

As a member of a town committee, I have had many opportunities over the years to interact with Shawn. Combining my direct experience, expectations and observations, I have come to the conclusion that I support Shawn Hanegan for a position on the Select Board.  I have found him to be reasonable, knowing when to gather information and when to take action. He has shown that he knows how to achieve the needed results for the Town. I have never doubted that he is experienced, sincere, listens and is dedicated in his efforts for the best interests for the Town and its residents.  I think that he would make a fine addition to the Select Board.

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