Support for Bartley, Hatch

To the Valley News:

There are many worthy candidates running for Town Board in Elizabethtown but there are two that are truly outstanding.

Margaret Bartley, who is running for Town Supervisor, knows a vast amount about local government. As a member of the Town Planning Board I have often gone to her when I need information about local facts and town laws. Those of you who have attended her slide talks about local history are aware of her love of and knowledge about the history of E-Town and her appreciation of how that can help us guide our future. Margaret is a great believer of transparency in government. She attends all our Town Board Meetings and helps those of us who aren’t able to be present know what took place by publishing minutes or making sure the meetings are video taped. She also writes a column in the Valley News informing us about local events.

Many of you know Evelyn Hatch either from her 20 years of work as a legal secretary, when she ran the much loved Evelyn’s Bakery, as Treasurer of the Chamber of Commerce, or like me as a member of the Elizabethtown Planning Board (where she served as chair and vice chair) Being with her these last four years on the Planning Board I have seen her integrity and willingness to work hard. Evelyn is not one to “pass the buck”. She is also able to see all sides of an argument and bring everyone to the table to talk. Evelyn has won the respect of her colleagues for her ability to get along and to get the job done! Both of these traits will make her an outstanding member of the Town Board.

After the recent disasters from Hurricane Irene, both of these women were there, helping out neighbors who had flood damage, cleaning up the mud, feeding bunches of workers, and providing lodging and showers for flood victims!

This is the kind of dedicated, caring leaders we need in our town. Let’s all come out on November 8th to pull the lever for Margaret Bartley and Evelyn Hatch!

Elena Borstein, Elizabethtown

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