This column needed to be submitted well before election day; so as I write this, I have no idea of the outcome. What I can say is what I’m sure that most, if not all, of us in town feel: that we are very fortunate to have a great array of candidates with very diverse backgrounds that give a variety of well-informed outlooks on how our town should work.
They’re also a wonderfully diverse group in age, both young and old and many in between, which also speaks well for the future governance of our town. All but one, the first selectperson, serve in unpaid positions. And in that regard, I’m reminded of Board of Finance candidate Michael Kaelin’s remark at the League of Women Voter’s candidates forum several weeks ago. It was certainly humorous and got a big laugh from the audience but nonetheless had a quite serious element too: When Mike told his wife that he was considering running for the Board of Finance, Carol (who always supports Mike wonderfully in his work) replied in words to this effect: “Why do you keep doing this to yourself?!”