Letter to the editor: Hardy endorses local candidates

This year Middlebury voters will fill two seats on our town’s selectboard. I am supporting Lindsey Fuentes-George, an East Middlebury social services professional and mother, who will bring an open-mind and fresh perspective to her work on the board.
Lindsey’s professional experience working with people with developmental disabilities, families affected by domestic abuse, and communities with a shortage of affordable housing will bring much-needed expertise to the table on these and related issues. As a mother of young children, Lindsey will advocate for town services and priorities that are family-friendly and youth-oriented. Most importantly, Lindsey is devoted to an inclusive local government and listening to all voices in our town. Lindsey is smart, hard working, and a fast learner.
I also support Farhad Khan to fill the seat to which he was appointed a year ago. As a father and small business owner, Farhad’s experience and perspective would dovetail nicely with Lindsey’s, and he’s proven himself to be a dedicated and open-minded selectboard member. The election of Farhad and Lindsey will help ensure our town board’s membership is fairly diverse and reflective of the population of Middlebury.
Finally, while the ACSD school board seats are, unfortunately, uncontested, I am heartened that both Davina Desmarais and Jori Jacobeit have stepped up to run. I don’t know either candidate well, but as mothers of young children and with a professional background in social services and education, each will bring relevant skills and current-day knowledge of the experiences of children in our schools. I hope more candidates with relevant skills and diverse perspectives will step up to run in future years.
Please vote for Lindsey, Farhad, Davina, and Jori on Town Meeting Day.
Ruth Hardy
East Middlebury

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