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DTC Values and the Candidates who Reflect Them

Everyone in Easton has benefitted from more effective, bipartisan, and transparent local government under Democratic leadership.

The Easton Democratic Town Committee is immensely proud of the group of experienced professionals running as Democrats on Row A this November.

The energy and professional expertise on this slate of candidates is truly remarkable. They bring not only life experience as physicians, business leaders, teachers, attorneys, librarians, and financial executives ,but also a deep understanding of what makes our town special and a shared dedication to ensuring Easton remains a well-run, welcoming town. They are committed to working for responsive and transparent local government with civility and compassion. Everyone in Easton has benefitted from more effective, bipartisan, and transparent local government under Democratic leadership. Before David Bindelglass led the first Democratic majority on the BOS in decades, government was much less transparent, with little emphasis on informing residents about important town issues or broadening our opportunities to participate.

Dave Bindelglass on the Board of Selectmen and Art Laske on the Board of Finance have provided a roadmap for how well local government can work for the people when the emphasis is on building consensus and openness. On the Board of Selectmen, Dave has solved longstanding problems that had challenged Republican administrations for years, delivering more local control over land use and expanded town services with more input from citizens-- and mostly with unanimous votes. The same goes for Art Laske’s leadership on the Board of Finance, where he set a tone of bipartisan collaboration with a consensus budget that supports our excellent schools while keeping taxes reasonable--and willingness to find ways to support services that really matter to the people of Easton--like youth sports and Park and Rec, while keeping taxes reasonable.

Like governments everywhere, Easton needs to focus on the next generation of leadership. Nick D'Addario, running to join Dave on the Board of Selectmen, brings not just significant professional qualifications, but the perspective of a young father who is deeply invested in preserving the character of the community and our great schools. He has critical experience on the Planning and Zoning Commission and a background in real estate which will serve us well as he works together with Dave to ensure Easton's open spaces are preserved. The excellent education provided by Easton schools was an important factor when Nick and his wife chose to move to town, and he will care deeply about maintaining great schools and experience for our kids. And Nick is deeply committed to ensuring that Easton remains a welcoming town.

Recruiting candidates with a high level of professional expertise and strong commitment to transparency was a high priority for Democrats this year. - Michael Gutowski, running for Board of Finance, brings professional financial management experience as a Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer - Jon Stinson and Karen O’Brien, running for Region 9 Board of Ed, both bring vast experience in budgeting and school board policy and a history of advocating for rigorous academic standards and expanding school services - Whendi-Cooke Broderick, running for town clerk, has spent decades as a paralegal focused on regulatory compliance and land transactions -Tim Hughes with experience managing million dollar budgets - Beth Natt running for Easton School Board, is a dedicated physician, a mom of 4, a Master of Public Health and an MBA. - Renee Neiger, running for Library Board, is not only a professional librarian at Joel Barlow, but holds a Masters in Information Science. -Leny Wallen-Friedman brings decades of experience as a land use attorney for Zoning Board of Appeals - Scott Charmoy, an attorney with a deep background in Easton property valuation serves with distinction on the Board of Assessment Appeals - Constable candidates Irv Silverman and David Katz--both residents with a long record of stepping forward to serve our town, and Raymond Martin III, who is seeking his first elective office--are all eager to find ways to serve Easton The qualities we believe are essential for good government are reflected in these candidates’ shared commitment to making government more responsive in Easton. When accomplished citizens with professional credentials like these step forward to serve, the whole community wins.

(Note to readers- a version of this party statement will run or has run in The Easton Courier, but because there was a word limit on our submission there, this, our own blog post, is a slightly expanded version.)

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