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Editor of the Reformer,

I am writing to share my support for Elizabeth McLoughlin as a candidate for the three-year Brattleboro Select Board seat. She currently holds a one-year seat on the Select Board. I have known Liz since she and her family moved to Brattleboro 13 years ago, the same year our family moved to town. Since that time, she has been an active and engaged member of the Brattleboro community, having participated in a variety of activities including serving on the Town Planning Commission; and taking on major responsibilities on the Empty Bowls Dinner and BASIC (skatepark) Committees. She most recently helped the Brattleboro Outing Club navigate the complex permitting process of Act 250 so that the ski hut would be open for the season and available for winter sports school programs! In addition to all that, Liz is a small business owner with over 30 years of experience in environmental and local governance and planning— an area of expertise that is so important for any small-town government.

As a Select Board member, Liz has been a thoughtful and collaborative leader in a myriad of activities that have helped the town government and its citizens. For example, she worked to ensure that a letter was shared with all residents regarding Project Care, a partnership of social services organizations and the police department regarding the opioid crisis; she supported four collective bargaining agreements for town employees and led the vote at Representative Town Meeting for Select Board oversight of the town's marketing funds.

In all that Liz does she brings a wonderful sense of humor, professionalism, humility and thoughtfulness. She knows she represents the community and listens to the concerns of her constituents. These are all great qualities for a member of the Select Board. I am thrilled that she is running for the three-year seat. She has shown a real commitment to our community and it gives me great confidence that she will continue her caring leadership for the next three years.

Thank you,

Thomas V. Grasso

Brattleboro, Feb. 10