Editor, Townsman:

For the past few years, meetings of the Board of Selectmen have too often descended into personal accusations, rancor, and a lack of respect and civility -- not the kind of leadership Andover wants and needs.

Fortunately, Annie Gilbert is running for a seat on the Board of Selectmen this year, and her candidacy promises a tone of patience, collaboration, and careful listening to all points of view before coming to thoughtful decisions.

A resident of Andover for the past 24 years, Annie served on a number of school PTO and parent boards, and helped lead the successful Bancroft School Building Committee. She was on the School Committee for seven years, including three as chairwoman. Annie’s recent service as chairwoman of the Andover High School Facility Study Committee has again demonstrated her effective, articulate leadership and knowledge of a key town priority which must be addressed in the next few years.

Annie thoroughly understands the financing of our education program, which is the largest single element in the town budget. As a selectman, she will help the town manager and school superintendent continue to build bridges of cooperation and collaboration in setting budget priorities within the limits of town resources.

Annie Gilbert’s experience and involvement in Andover extends beyond the school system. An ardent supporter of preserving the open space that makes up one-third of Andover’s area, Annie is a long time-member of AVIS and currently serves as a trustee. She also is on the board for the future Shawsheen Greenway. As a volunteer guide and researcher for the Andover Historical Society, she has a deep appreciation for the heritage and traditions of our town.

Annie has the experience, knowledge, commitment, and personal qualities we need in a community leader. We urge Andover residents to vote for Annie Gilbert for selectman on March 27.

Dick and Judy Howe

3 Robandy Road

Andover

 

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