Editor, Townsman:

I’m writing in support of Lauren Conoscenti for School Committee and Laura Gregory for Select Board.

Many have written about Lauren Conoscenti’s relevant experience in clinical psychology and data analysis. She has a remarkable ability to quickly put her finger on objective information relevant to any discussion. She is thoughtful and deliberative in school-related discussions that can become emotion filled.

As a former Finance Committee member, I especially appreciate Lauren’s stated goal of using data visualization to bring greater transparency and understanding to a large and complex school budget. She will also help us understand whether our investments are delivering the desired benefit in the areas that matter most to our kids and to our community.

Lauren’s Ph.D. in clinical psychology gives her important perspective that goes beyond the data. To quote Lauren at a recent candidates forum, she is “committed to making our schools places of connection, growth and pride.''

Laura Gregory has served on the Select Board for three years, currently as chair. During this time, Andover has moved forward on a number of critical facility projects, while also making decisions that will have a positive long-term impact, including the Historic Mill District, the North Reading water agreement and sustainability initiatives.

The Select Board is now working together in a collaborative and productive way. There is much work yet to do. I ask that you vote for Laura Gregory so that the board can continue this work with the benefit of her experience.

Please join me in voting for these two exceptional candidates to keep Andover moving forward.

BONNIE ZAHORIK

Andover

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