My name is Chris Boyd and I am pleased to announce my candidacy for the 1-year seat to the selectboard, which was vacated by former selectboard member John Kerr.
I have lived in Shelburne for a little over 34 years. During that time in Shelburne, I most recently served on the selectboard for a 3-year term and was privileged to have served the residents of the town through employment with the Highway Department, and the Wastewater Treatment Plant on Harbor Road when it was known as Fire District #2 (prior to town ownership). I also was a member of the Shelburne Fire Department where I was proud to have worked my way through the ranks from firefighter to the position of chief.
During my time on the selectboard there was no shortage of challenging subjects that came before the board, of which the largest issue was the 115 kv powerline which VELCO was intending to construct. The selectboard was in discussions about undergrounding the powerline with VELCO when I was elected to the board. Negotiations continued and the town and VELCO came to an agreement for the line’s installation after much impassioned and challenging discussions. The success of this outcome would not have come about without the continued participation of both parties communicating with each other.
Over the 30-plus years I’ve lived in Shelburne and been involved in town government, there are things I have learned from many friends and associations. Of these are the commitment of the citizens of this town to do what is right for each other, to take care of each other and the town we love and cherish, and the resolve of the town government to ensure all its citizens best interests are addressed.
Above all I can remember when all opinions and viewpoints were listened to with sincerity and a desire to make sure everyone’s questions were answered and if possible, their thoughts and visions included in the operations of the town. I would like to bring that trait back to the selectboard and be a representative for the people of the town, listen to your thoughts and your feedback and improve our community together. It would be an honor and privilege to do so and I hope I can count on your vote of confidence come March 6. Thank you for your support and for getting out and voting!