To The Daily Sun,
After much thought and consideration, I have decided to suspend my campaign for Bristol Selecboard. I am stepping aside and putting my support behind J. P. Morrison and John Sellers.
I wish to thank all those who encouraged me to run and supported my candidacy. My reasons for ending my campaign are many, but foremost is the desire to finish out my term on the Bristol Budget Committee as a voice for the taxpayers to hold the line on spending with an eye to prioritization of projects and support for the needs of the departments.
Voters should be concerned with several trends happening with elected positions. First is the trend for electing those who end up making decisions that directly impact them personally. If you look at the Budget Committee only, you will find the majority of the officials are retired from or receive part-time wages from the town as fire department and other department employees. Some who are running for offices this year would present the same issue.
There is also a trend to vilify those who wish to do their due diligence as defined by (state law) to serve the best interest of the town and the taxpayer.
My support will go to J.P. and John as I believe they do not stand to gain personally and will have the best interest of the town foremost in their oversight and deliberations on our behalf.
As we approach Election Day March 8 and Town Meeting on March 12, I see us as approaching a fork in the road of either the continuation of good honest oversight of all departments equally, or a return to government by the few for the few.
Prioritization is the key with Town Meeting warrant articles this year. I ask that you consider your vote carefully. Does it make sense to vote for candidates that have special interests in the outcomes of decisions on budgets and projects or does it make better sense to elect candidates that are looking to serve with unbiased but focused intent in the best interest of the town?
What are the priorities facing our community right now? Participation is necessary if you want to take part in deciding the future of Bristol. Whatever your decision, your vote is your voice. Please exercise it. Please join me in voting at the polls and at Town Meeting as I feel your vote does matter no matter what your beliefs.
William "Bill" Cote