Letter: David Schoales for Select Board

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Editor of the Reformer,

Many endorsements for the Brattleboro Select Board tout the candidate's open-mindedness, integrity, intelligence and compassion. If you have heard David Schoales' positions on the board over the years, or if you read the long list of issues that he has championed, you know that he is all these things plus much more. If you're a public employee you may remember that David led the board in support of a successful effort to negotiate a much better health insurance plan for town workers. More recently, he supported the successful effort for the town to hire a sustainability coordinator, a position critical to address the challenges ahead that go well beyond climate change. David also spent many cold days with others campaigning for the ban on distribution of single use plastic bags in Brattleboro. By any measure, he is a true champion of the environment, local businesses, and fiscal responsibility.

Because of David's foresight and spirit of innovation, our town has saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in fuel costs by converting to solar-powered energy. Our schools have also saved substantial sums in fuel costs because of David's successful campaign for pellet furnaces. This year, David has been leading an effort for Brattleboro to conduct feasibility studies for municipally-owned fiber optics internet service. It is this kind of forward-thinking proposal that is essential not only to attract more "green" jobs, but also to motivate young people to stay and work in our town and for our health industry to operate efficiently.

Just read Select Board minutes over the years to appreciate how much David Schoales has done for this community. His voice on the Select Board is essential if Brattleboro is to successfully address the challenges ahead. Homelessness, opioid addiction, lack of affordable housing, youth migration and the climate crisis need to be addressed by a board that is both pragmatic and compassionate, that will move with both alacrity and measured deliberation, and that will have the wisdom to address short-term problems with long-range solutions. David Schoales is a proven, seasoned public servant who will bring all of these qualities to the board. For the good of Brattleboro, please vote for David Schoales for a three-year seat on the Select Board.

Timothy Maciel

Brattleboro, Feb. 16

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