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Letter to the editor: Engineer, Marine running for Bristol selectboard

My name is Lance Laliberte and I am running for the three-year term for Bristol selectboard. I was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, and moved to East Warren, Vt., when I was nine years old.
When I graduated from high school I joined the United States Marine Corps. I served eight years and I am a veteran of Desert Shield/Desert Storm. The Marines gave me a foundation that I have built my life on, discipline, integrity, devotion to doing what is right. I used those life skills to earn my Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Norwich University, Northfield, Vt., and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Mercer University Macon, Ga.
I have been an electrical engineer for the past 20 years designing and building electronic equipment for commercial aviation. I have held various positions from electrical designer, engineering manager, and quality leader to currently project/technical leader. The skills I have learned in the Marines and as an engineer have given me an ability to adapt to changing environments and make decisions based on facts, evidence, data, performance, value and affordability.
My wife Kelly and I moved to Bristol, her hometown, 12 years ago to raise our two daughters, Tatum (13) and Reese (10), in a small community environment surrounded by family and friends. I may be a male, but I am surrounded by females who have a lot of positive influence on me! We enjoy Bristol and all that it has to offer and utilize its many services. We have a community who cares for one another and supports each other. It is my intention to get off the sidelines and contribute more than I have in the past. I have a lot to offer, I have skills and experience that can be applied to solve simple to complex problems. I have managed people, budgets and projects. I have had to make tough decisions.
In regards to issues our community faces I take a very fair approach, I listen more than I speak, I process information and make decisions based on what is right for the greater good. Special interests and political nonsense do not interest me.
I am running for Bristol selectboard because I would like help contain costs for the taxpayer. I also want to ensure performance and value in the operation of the municipal services provided by the town.
I appreciate your consideration for this position, I hope to serve the taxpayers in providing value and affordability for the years to come.
Lance Laliberte
Bristol

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