Dear friends,

Did you see this week’s Town Reminder? If so, you saw the news that I am running for re-election to the South Hadley Selectboard! Andrea Miles is also running for re-election, and I enthusiastically endorse her.

Town Reminder 1-17-20
In November, Town Meeting voted to move the date of the Town election to be on the same date as the Presidential primary, so we will all head to the polls on Tuesday, March 3. That makes the next six weeks before Super Tuesday super important. There are three candidates for the two seats, which means I need your help.

I need your vote! And I also need you to vote for Andrea. It’s not good enough for just one of us to get re-elected — to keep moving our Town forward, we both need your vote.

Here are some other ways you can help:

  • Come to our kickoff event on Saturday, Feb. 1, noon-2 pm at the Yarde Tavern. We’re looking forward to talking to friends and newcomers, too, so please join us — and bring a friend! (Donations welcome, but not required.)
  •  Host a house party. Invite 5-10 people — and us! Andrea and I can talk about issues currently facing the Selectboard, such as the search to hire a new Town Administrator (Mike Sullivan will be retiring in 2021), and the rapidly approaching trash/recycling problem. We want to give you updates on some of the initiatives and policies that we have worked on over the past few years, such as improving the way volunteers are appointed to Town boards and committees, and the Symposium of Understanding, to name just a couple.
  • Give a lawn sign a home. As the saying goes, lawn signs don’t vote, but they do make your support visible. Let me know if I can borrow a patch of your lawn for the next 6 weeks — and if Andrea can, too. We’ll take care of the rest.
  • Donate.

We’ll also have plenty of volunteer activities, like holding signs on upcoming weekends or on Election Day. Visit our SignUpGenius site if you’re ready to jump in.

There is lots of work to do to keep South Hadley moving in the right direction, and with a change coming soon at the Town Administrator level, the Selectboard should have experienced, knowledgeable, steady leadership. I am pleased to be on the subcommittee working on this process, and I welcome your input on this — and any other topic.

On a personal note, I know some of you have been following my health journey. I am humbled by the many kindnesses that you have shown me, and I am happy to tell you that I am strong and making good progress. My doctor and I agree that we are close to the expected goal of being able to call this just a long and annoying chronic illness, like many of us will experience at some point.

Again, my sincere thanks for your support. I am optimistic about our Town’s future if South Hadley has good leadership. I hope I have earned your vote, and look forward to serving you on the South Hadley Selectboard for three more years!

Best wishes,