To The Daily Sun,
I respectfully ask Belmont voters for consideration March 14 when choosing town leadership for a three year selectman term. Over 30 years it's been a privilege to serve the community in several roles, as a business owner, local volunteer, and former selectman.
As the town nears a 150th year milestone, it is time to plan and prioritize. Decisions ahead include management, facilities, infrastructure and community development — all in a landscape of rapidly increasing costs of services.
Belmont's future is not a decision limited to a three-member Selectboard, employees, or any single district or neighborhood. It is a continuing work in progress that needs the participation and opinions of all-aged residents. We must be inclusive, and better communicators, to develop and implement strategically.
With the help of my wonderful family, I built a first business — the Shaker Insurance Agency, in Belmont — capping 35 years of experience in the industry. After selling the agency, a second Watterson enterprise, "The Hungry Dog," was founded on Main Street last year, with one of our daughters. Community service has included the Belmont Baseball Organization, Zoning Board of Adjustment, Belmont Senior Center Advisory Board and Heritage Commission, and chairman and president, respectively of the Conservation Commission and Belmont Historical Society.
I believe in Belmont, and will be grateful for your vote on Tuesday, March 14.
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