Friday, February 4, 2000
Simonds will not run again
To the Editor:
On March 20, the town caucus will nominate candidates for election to the office of moderator. I write to announce that I will not be a candidate for reelection to that office.
I have had the privilege and great pleasure of serving as Carlisle's moderator since 1967. My decision not to seek reelection is not an easy one. Having made the decision, however, I owe the town and the men and women who may decide to seek the office some reasonable advance notice.
I expect that the May 2, 2000 Annual Town Meeting will be my last hurrah as moderator. I'm sure that some of you will be sorry to have me depart. On the other hand, I know there are some of you (I remember those blank ballots) who will sigh and say, "Thank goodness. I didn't think I'd live to see the day!"
To those of you who may seek the office, I offer this advice. The direct Town Meeting can be a wonderful institution through which we meet, debate, listen to each other and decide some of the most important issues that determine the quality of life in our community. The moderator's responsibility is to guide and to guard the process that permits a Town Meeting to achieve its goals. It's a challenging and important task. It is also a rewarding task that deserves your total commitment.
Because it would be out of character for me to end this letter without a joke, let me mention two other strong points about the job of moderator. You only have to work a couple of nights a year and the pay is terrific.
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