As candidates for Representative Town Meeting in District 4, we urge voters throughout town to take 15 minutes on Nov. 5 to vote. These "out year" elections -- which will determine composition of the Board of Finance, Board of Education and RTM -- typically draw limited turnout. Single-issue voters (who often represent a minority) can gain an outsized voice in town governance because the majority doesn't take the time to vote.
We will let our colleagues in the other districts speak for themselves, but if elected, we pledge the following: 1) To conduct an open, public budget process that results in an objective, reasoned approach to maximizing town resources; we reject the ideological, 11th-hour approach that in May 2012 prompted most Board of Finance members to walk out of the RTM budget meeting in protest. 2) To always be respectful of our constituents' concerns; 3) To reject the gerrymandered redistricting scheme pushed by the current RTM majority, which violated the town charter and was subsequently rejected in court.
This election is crucial to the future of our community. Demand to know where your candidates stand. Learn about the issues and find those positions that make the most sense to you. And most important, come out on Nov. 5 and vote. Vote for us or vote for the other guys, but vote. That is how America works.