Friday, April 25, 2008
Board of Selectmen
I would like to thank the Mosquito for this opportunity for the Carlisle community to become more knowledgeable about candidates for local office.
My name is Cynthia Nock and I have lived in Carlisle for 26 years. I have served two terms on the Carlisle School Committee (two years as chair of the Concord Carlisle Regional School District) and two terms on the Zoning Board of Appeals (two years as chair). I was on the ZBA for all three of the 40B projects that have come through Carlisle. I worked for 18 years in the Recreation Department and am familiar with activities and working conditions at Town Hall. I am a past president of the Carlisle School Association and of the League of Women Voters.
I am running at this time for a seat on the Select Board primarily for three reasons.
First, I feel that my prior experiences have made me knowledgeable about the operations and budgets of the schools and town and I feel, at this time, well prepared to sit on the Select Board.
The second reason I am running is because women and minorities are underrepresented in politics and the only way that is going to change is if women and minorities step up and run for office. As a Selectwoman I hope to encourage more women and minorities to participate on town boards and committees. I view running for office not as potentially winning or losing, but as participating in democracy.
The third reason I am running is because many people have encouraged me to do so. I am an advocate for education, for conservation, for efficiency in town government. I want to protect our small town but still meet the needs of the residents, both young and old. I believe in instituting green practices whenever possible and in encouraging diversity in our community. I endorse the green principles of reduce first, then reuse and finally recycle. These principles should be followed in our daily lives and in our long term planning for the town.
Fiscal year 2010 will be even more challenging than 2009 and with school building needs looming we will have to rethink our tendency to want whole new campuses at the schools. The top funding priority will be maintaining staffing levels in a recession. The challenges of implementing our plan for affordable housing, upgrading for cell phone coverage and encouraging alternative energy sources and green initiatives will require some changes. But we can view these changes as new aspects of Carlisle that we can incorporate with pride into the character of our town.
I hope that you will consider me as Selectwoman when you vote on May 13, 2008.
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