Donna Macomber (Howard Weiss-Tisman/Reformer)
Donna Macomber (Howard Weiss-Tisman/Reformer)
Friday June 21, 2013

BRATTLEBORO - The Brattleboro Selectboard has appointed Donna Macomber to replace Ken Schneck, who resigned from the board Tuesday because he is moving out of state.

The board made the decision at a special meeting Thursday night.

Macomber is the co-director of the Brattleboro Women's Freedom Center.

She ran for a one-year seat on the board during the last election and lost by only 46 votes, coming in fourth in a two-seat race.

Macomber was appointed from a field of four candidates who put in their letters of intention with the board. The other candidates included Michael Bosworth, Ian Kiehle and Steve Cormier.

Each of the four candidates were at Thursday's meeting, and were interviewed by the board for about 10 minutes. After the interviews the Selectboard members nominated Bosworth and Macomber for consideration.

Macomber received four votes and was named the new member. She will serve on the board until the next election

Before the vote Macomber told the board that she was passionate about being alive, and that she loved to learn.

Macomber has been involved with the Women's Freedom Center since 1990.

In her time at the Women's Freedom Center, and in outside volunteer work, Macomber said she has been striving to end violence against women, and she said that while she wanted to work for everyone in Brattleboro, she did want to be a role model for women and girls who wanted to become involved with public service.

She identified herself as a feminist and a social justice activist. She said she worked well with people and is always willing to embrace a challenge.

Macomber said she adored the community. She said Brattleboro is blessed not only with geographical beauty, but with people who are concerned for their neighbors and for their community.

She wanted to be on the board, she said, to help serve that population.

"I would bring energy and excitement to the board, and a beginner's mind," she said. "Everyone should step up and serve. I am 53 and now it is my time."

Howard Weiss-Tisman can be reached at 802-254-2311 ext. 279 or at hwtisman@reformer.com.