By Chris Gittins
Town Election was one week ago today. One week isn’t a great deal of time to reflect – particularly as much of my week has been spent catching up on things which took a backseat for the past two months! I’m sure that I’ll have more thoughts as time passes, but allow me to share my initial thoughts.
Congratulations to Emily and Bill on their election as Selectmen. Emily’s commitment to accessibility, livability, and inclusivity will build community in ways that are important to me, my family, and to Bedford. I value Bill’s commitment to creating a Bedford Museum and to establishing a Bedford Cultural District. I appreciate his offer to work together on matters that I spoke to, including environmental issues. I will take him up on that.
Respectfully written by Jennifer Puhle, fellow human
“Never talk about religion or politics.” Words we hear as we enter adulthood that are meant to be helpful yet serve a contrary purpose. Bedford has been buzzing about politics with this most recent Town election, voting occurring as I write this article. This article was intentionally written with a few hours before voting ends, as I stay away from social media and from our local Starbucks, choosing not to hear persuasive words towards any of the candidates, particularly those in contested races.
Compiled by The Bedford Citizen
Editor’s Note: The final candidate pages will post on Saturday, and will include links to all the letters written on behalf of that candidate.
With thanks to the candidates and voters in Bedford’s 2019 Town Election, The Citizen has received an unprecedented number of Letters to the Editor.
We are posting them in order, by the date each was received, as PDF links.
By Robin Grace
I am writing this letter in support of Emily Mitchell’s candidacy for Bedford’s Board of Selectman. Although my relationship with Emily does not extend beyond our work as Bedford Free Public Library trustees, my confidence in her ability to sit on the board of selectmen is absolute.
In the two years that she and I have worked together as trustees, I’ve found her to be dedicated, disciplined and organized, characteristics that are key to effectively discharge the duties of an elected official, particularly one seated on the Board of Selectmen. As our current library board chair, it is clear from her probing questions and insightful comments that she has a thorough grasp of the subject in question. She is a skilled communicator and an equally respectful listener, open to considering those whose opinions differ from her own and conceding graciously when necessary. She fulfills her role as board chair with a steady hand and a calm demeanor.
By Joanna Nickerson
I am writing to ask you to vote for Emily Mitchell for Selectman. As a Selectman Emily will work towards livability within Bedford—trails, sidewalks, restaurants, and green initiatives; inclusivity– for all residents to feel welcomed and valued; and accessibility– for easy access to vital information such as voting, permitting and “whom to ask”.
By Jerry Pfeffer
As we approach our local town election on March 9 we are faced with a choice for Selectmen with three candidates and two openings. I am writing to advocate for the reelection of Bill Moonan.
I’ve known Bill for years and he has always had Bedford’s interests at heart. He is kind, thoughtful and listens. He makes well-crafted presentations at Town Meeting.
By Jan Shephard
I’m writing to express my unequivocal support for Emily Mitchell’s candidacy for Selectmen. As her background statement notes, she has served our community in many capacities over her twenty years in Bedford both as an active volunteer and elected Library Trustee. She is a person any board or organization is thankful to have.