It’s been an interesting couple of months since I announced my candidacy for a seat on the Bristol Selectboard.
In that time I’ve received tremendous support from the Bristol community and beyond, and I’ve spoken with a great number of community members to hear their thoughts about the Town of Bristol, issues facing the town, and what they are looking for from their elected officials.
My opponent, incumbent Selectboard member Ted Lylis, is a long-standing member of this community, dedicated to volunteerism and supporting this town. I think in many ways Ted and I share the same values. Often times Ted has raised issues at meetings that I myself might have raised. He also brings a valuable historical perspective to the board, something I am keenly aware of as a member of the Design Review Commission for the town, and as Executive Director of the downtown group, Bristol CORE.
As many have kindly stated, I feel my strengths as a potential Selectboard member include being someone who listens to the community and shows initiative when acting. I enjoy doing the hard research around a topic or issue and am enthusiastic about communicating that knowledge to others. I think there is a great benefit to having a diverse range of opinions on local boards, especially the Selectboard.
If elected, I’d like to see that the Selectboard is mindful of the Town Plan and operates with transparency on the long-term goals and policies of that document. This is especially important in the engagement of town boards, commissions, and committees on energy, housing, land use, economic development, recreation, education, and transportation. The Selectboard should be constantly engaging with the citizens of Bristol to help them make better decisions for the community at large.
My Selectboard candidacy has given me new ways of engaging with Bristol residents, and regardless of the outcome on Tuesday, I’m happy to continue to hear your thoughts or discuss current projects I’m working on, like the Main Street Lighting & Sidewalk Improvements, the Downtown Speed Reduction and Pedestrian Safety project with Bristol CORE, the Lawrence Memorial Library Audio/Visual upgrades, and the Enhanced Energy Plan with the Bristol Energy Committee.
Bristol is a vibrant and dynamic community and I am proud to be a member of it. I am committed to increasing the social and economic vitality of our beautiful town. It’s my hope that I will be able to continue serving Bristol as a member of the Selectboard.
I’m asking for your vote on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
Polls are open 7 am to 7 pm at Holley Hall.
You can contact me by phone: (802) 760-6076, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more about me at www.IanAlbinson.com.