I was born and grew up in Massachusetts, and before moving to Sandisfield 20 years ago my wife and lived in several other towns in South County. We have 5 children and 5 foster children, all grown now. I recently retired from my career in nonprofit fundraising and administration, and I feel it’s time to offer some of my skills and experience to the town I feel very much a part of. I think that serving this town effectively demands maturity, the ability to listen to everyone in town no matter what their points of view are, and above all respect for each person who loves this town. I don’t speak for any particular group in town, and I feel that what unites us is more important than any differences. I would regard serving on the Select Board as an honor, and I promise that if elected I will uphold the values of listening and respect which I have tried to keep all my life.