LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Food for Thought
A letter from Stefani Bush.
To the editor:
On Tuesday, April 3rd, the voters of Chelmsford will have the opportunity to have their voices be heard. There are several important races in this election that will be critical in how Chelmsford, as a town will move forward. With that thought in mind, instead of telling you who to vote for, who to not vote for, or who I am voting for, I would like to just give you some food for thought.
Chelmsford is a diverse community that is rich in spirit and service. Besides the incredible individuals who volunteer for unpaid positions within the town government and within the school system, we have other flourishing volunteer opportunities such as the Open Space Stewards, farmers market, holiday celebrations, farm day at historical house, school and athletic events, business openings, art shows, the Paul Center…the list goes on and on. No matter what your interest is, there is something for everyone.
Chelmsford is also well known for the many community events such as the Annual Barrett-Byam House meeting and dinner, the Taste of Chelmsford, the Annual Camp Paul fundraiser, Winterfest, Eagle Scout Courts of Honor, Table of Plenty, Blood Drives, Wine Tastings…the list goes on and on.
What makes me feel so proud of this town is all the wonderful things this community does for everyone.
With that being said, when you think about who you’re going to vote for, I encourage you to consider a few things:
First, how visible have your candidate(s) of choice been over the years within this town? Have you seen your candidate(s) at meetings that pertain to the town and the business of the town? Do your candidate(s) participate in town wide events? Do your candidate(s) volunteer time to the town in any capacity?
Second, how visible has your candidate(s) of choice been over this campaign season? Have your candidate(s) been accessible to the public? Have your candidate(s) been present at meetings that would help him/her make informed decisions if they were to be elected?
Third, what topics have your candidate(s) of choice addressed during this campaign season? Has your candidate had input on more than one or two topics? Has your candidate been willing to see all sides of the many ongoing headlines in our town and been willing to discuss all angles with those necessary in order to come to an informed decision?
And lastly, have your candidate(s) of choice been involved and been a positive asset to Chelmsford over the years and into this campaign season?
The way I see it, when I look at who I want to represent the town that I love and am proud to live in, I want candidates who are invested in all aspects of it – from the political side, to the volunteerism side, to the community side. I want well rounded individuals who have intimate knowledge on how the heartbeat of this town sounds through participation and experience. I want individuals who have as much passion for Chelmsford to thrive and be a positive environment for all as I do. I want individuals who are accessible and willing to productively take on projects – not because it is in the job description, but because it is something they are driven to do.When you cast your vote on Tuesday, April 3rd, I hope that you vote based on past and present involvement with our town. I hope you vote based on passion for the town as evidenced by actions and not words. I hope that you vote based on fact and not theory. Every vote matters – make it count!
Sincerely,Stefani BushPrecinct 2