I am writing to ask you to join me in supporting Elaine Haney for another term on the Selectboard. I have been friends with Elaine for over fifteen years. I worked with her when she was a member of the Trustees and I was beginning my service on the Board. We served together on the Selectboard for my last year of service. We served together on the Public Works Review Committee and the Governance Committee together where we worked with residents of the town and village to streamline voting procedures and schedules.

I think Elaine’s service as a former Trustee and Selectboard member and Chair and as a resident of both gives her a unique perspective into the mindsets of residents of the TOV and the TIV. She has championed transparency of merger facts by frequent posts on Facebook and Front Porch Forum and by calling out erroneous facts posted by opponents. Her work to keep our budgets in line without sacrificing our public safety should be appreciated by all. I don’t think there is anyone who can question her integrity, her love of Essex or her efforts to do what is best for our community. I am also in favor of merger and I have been since Marty Myers was Chair of the Selectboard in the 90’s.

I hope you will join me and vote for Elaine for another term on the Selectboard. We need to let her continue her work on our behalf.

Mike Plageman

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