Ahhh spring, town election
AHHHH, there’s nothing like Spring in Fairhaven. Chirping birds making their nests and crocuses forcing themselves through the lingering snow and the time change that allows us to have daylight beyond 5:30 p.m.
For me, my absolute favorite Spring tradition is TOWN ELECTION. This year it is the Monday after Easter, April 5th. You may go to your precinct polling place (if you are unsure of where that is please call the Town Clerk’s office 508-979-4079 ext 105 or 106) 10 a.m.–8 p.m. to cast your vote. With that in mind, I am writing this letter of support for three candidates vying for some of the most critical elected positions in our town.
First off, I am voting for Bob Espindola to be re-elected to the Selectboard. Throughout his tenure, Selectman Espindola has proven himself to be committed to the best interests of the citizens of Fairhaven. He has given countless hours of his personal and family time to do the hard work necessary to lead our town in a direction that benefits all of our families. More importantly he continues to be the stabilizing force in what has increasingly become a very difficult time to be governing Fairhaven. I am also publicly thanking Lisa Plante for her decade of service on what is arguably the most underrated committee in town, the Finance Committee. I for one would hate to lose her in that role.
The second race I’d like to comment on is that for the School Committee. I will be voting for Cathleen Marchessault. She will bring a new voice, one that has experience as an educator, to enhance the committee. Once again, I thank Ms. McKenna and Mr. Veitch for their years of excellent leadership, especially during what has certainly been the most challenging year facing a school department.
Many years ago, while our now grown children were at Wood School together, I suggested to Colin that he run for school committee and in fact I have worked in some capacity for the campaigns of every current member of the committee. During our Wood School days, I also worked closely with Donna in PTO and school volunteer capacities. However, whereas I have no complaints about either of their performances on behalf of our students, I feel strongly that every decade or so our students can only benefit from different perspectives and fresh ideas.
Finally, I come to the seat available on the Board of Health. One need only read archived editions of this credible news source to recognize that Kevin Gallagher is the absolute best candidate to win the seat. Throughout this horrible time of COVID 19 he has, in Acushnet, shown that he has the knowledge and expertise required to guide us through this global pandemic. He has also shared his dedication to the citizens and businesses in Fairhaven by asking for and receiving from the Board of Health the use of capacity limit signs in our restaurants. I want more of his ingenuity.
Regardless of your opinions, or mine for that matter, GET OUT AND VOTE!!
Diane Hahn, Fairhaven
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