Editor, Townsman:

As a fellow attorney, I highly value the legal experience, skills and judgment that Laura Gregory brings to the Select Board. This is one of the many reasons I am supporting her for re-election on March 24.

In her first campaign, Laura focused on the issue of reducing the town’s legal costs, and she has successfully achieved a decrease of $200,000 in such costs during her first term. She identified that significant savings could be realized by contracting with town counsel for an annual sum as a third-party vendor (not a town employee) so that the town no longer pays for legal services by the hour. Laura has repeatedly demonstrated this kind of savvy application of her professional skill set to her work on behalf of the town.

Laura also has experience with property law issues as she previously served as a member of the Reading Zoning Board of Appeals. This experience will be particularly useful as we embark on the development of the town yard site and Historic Mill District.

More broadly, Laura’s 25 years as a civil litigator lend a valuable perspective on the Select Board when assessing the most difficult issues and future risks facing the town. Laura has advised clients on disputes and controversies of all kinds, often successfully guiding parties to negotiation and mediation, rather than unnecessary and excessively adversarial litigation. As we have seen in her time chairing the Select Board for the last year, Laura recognizes that the best solutions are often reached when all stakeholders work together in a positive and constructive way.

AMY SENNETT

Andover

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