To the editor:
In today's world, life moves at an incredible speed. The Internet and social media put forth information faster than most of us can keep up with it. Opinions are formed, and unfortunately decisions at all levels of life are too often rushed.
The responsibilities and duties of town supervisor require a broad range of real-life qualities, knowledge and experience. That person needs the leadership skills to be a team leader. The role of town supervisor and its associated responsibilities frame a sense of responsibility, accountability, personal integrity and obligation that provides a sound basis for decision making. That thought process, the gathering of as much factual information as possible and the thinking of others takes time for a better decision.
In my early years on the town board, a very experienced and capable carpenter once told me, "Measure twice; cut once." His message to me was to make sure I had correct and accurate data before making a decision. Bob Bevilacqua works with others to "measure twice" before making decisions that impact on residents, taxpayers and budgets. So please consider what type of leadership you think should be the team leader.
Consider Bob's background. He comes from a family with both business background and community service. When help is needed for just about anything, like a lot of other businesses and families, Bob has stepped in to help. He has never worried about the glory. He has just stepped up to the plate and joined with others to get the job done and had fun doing it.
Add to that his school board experience and five years on the Harrietstown board, and you have a candidate who is capable, willing and able to represent you with thoughtful thinking and practical decision making.
I have worked with Bob on the Harrietstown town board for five years. In addition to the process of the regular board responsibilities, I have worked with him on an ongoing basis in some very serious committee work. He listens to the public, he listens to other board members, he listens to staff, he does his own homework and works with others to make sound decisions.
He respects and considers the merits and reasoning of different points of view. He makes his own decisions based on what he believes is best for taxpayers and residents. He works with all members of the board, department heads and staff to meet the responsibilities of town government.
He has combined business background and hands-on community involvement with others to improve the community. He walks his talk without need for smoke and mirrors. He is the kind of person who should be the team leader for the town of Harrietstown.
If you, as a resident of the town of Harrietstown, want continued transparent, effective leadership, there is only one candidate. That person is Bob Bevilacqua. He cannot do that without your vote. Please vote Election Day, Nov. 6, between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. at the Harrietstown Town Hall.
You can vote for Bob on Row B, No. 10, or Row C, No. 10.