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Letter: Behind my candidacy

“... that the government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth.” — Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address 1863.

I believe in a government of, by and for the people, a democratically elected republic founded on the rule of law. I stand in support of a limited, open and transparent government.

The government nationally, statewide and locally has grown too big for its own good and soon enough, there will be fallout from that position. If I were to be elected , here are some goals I would strive to achieve:

∎ more public postings of minutes of all board meetings;

∎ more MCTV video of a wider selection of meetings;

∎ routine rotated precinct “open forum” meetings as part of Board of Selectmen meetings;

∎ sharing of all documents on the Board of Selectmen’s table;

∎ re-establishment of pre-town meeting;

∎ opening communications between the board and individuals by weekly early personal presence at board meetings.

These specific actions may help the townspeople of Montague know what is happening on their behalf by their elected officers which may result in more participation of individuals..

Everyone is free to write me at select.jeanne@gmail.com, and view https://sites.google.com/site/jeanneforselectboard/ .

Communities grow best from within, organically, not from forces mandated from without.

I will remain as an active participant as a town meeting member. I encourage everyone to become involved in their precincts or, at the very least to get out and vote at each opportunity. The most basic way a community voice may be truly and validly heard is in its election of civil servants. Through active participation, we the people organically receive the kind of government we desire and through that process perhaps true government, of by and for the people, will not perish from the earth.




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