If you weren’t planning on voting tomorrow, change your mind.
If you’ve voted for years and have given up trying to make a change on the New Gloucester Board of Selectmen, vote tomorrow, one more time.
If you are new to town and assume that your new home is governed with an even hand and has the trust of all, well, sorry – but you can make it so.
Imagine a Board of Selectmen comprised of current members Josh McHenry and Laura Jane Sturgis; two new members equally dedicated to open discussion, fair treatment, careful research and considered decisions; and Steve Libby. If Libby is willing to contribute his knowledge without having to control all outcomes, and keep his actions within the bounds of ethics, we could have a very interesting and productive Board of Selectmen that everyone could trust.
Wouldn’t THAT be something?
However, the Libby faction, who gave us illegal executive sessions, lawsuits against the town, the previous town manager’s golden parachute, and mistreatment of town staff; who favor control over collaboration, who rewrite history when it suits them, and who limit information when they can – this persistent threesome of Libby + 2, are counting on low turnout to keep the oligarchy going – and more of the same.
Yes, there are 5 candidates vying for 2 seats, and the “vote for change” will apparently be split between three engaged and independent candidates, all with excellent credentials: Stephen Hathorne, Kathleen Potter, and Jean Couturier. Logically, if a small coordinated group votes for re-runs Chase and Conger, and a similarly small but uncoordinated group split their two votes between three new candidates, the status quo will continue.
So – a new outcome depends upon a significantly larger number of individual voters in New Gloucester making it a point to vote for two new selectmen from the three new names.
It can happen, one vote at a time.
It really is up to you.
And won’t it be something to make that kind of difference right where you live?
Let’s do this! Couturier, Potter, Hathorne – pick two, and VOTE!