It seems that during Selectboard elections, we are often reminded that incumbents are volunteers putting in long hours. While that is undoubtedly true, it’s a reason to offer respect and thanks, but not necessarily with re-election. We are also told that incumbents have gone through the training process and so are ahead in the game. Training is time-consuming and unavoidable, but, as recent events suggest, training alone doesn’t produce the best leaders. I think people with leadership capacity are who we should be voting for.
Don Stevens has an abundance of such experience. He has held a high level of responsibility within the Nulhegan Abenaki Tribe. He has had a career of successfully developing information technology, logistics, and manufacturing planning for multi-million dollar companies. He was appointed by Governor Douglas to two terms of chairing a state commission. And he served on the zoning board in Enosburg Falls so he knows how local government works.
There’s more. Don teaches leadership skills to students in UVM’s master’s degree program as a professional affiliate. He also received the Robert Skiff Alumni Leadership Award at Champlain College. Don is someone who has given serious attention to what it means to lead. I respect that.
His background as a leader is reflected in the values he emphasizes – transparency in government, the importance of teamwork and cooperation, and the importance of listening. I know that he thinks for himself and will encourage and give careful regard to the diversity of perspectives within the community. That’s important to me.
Please vote for Don Stevens for Shelburne Selectboard.