Balance laws, funding, doing the right thing — Sean Diehl

I’m writing in support of Jaime Heins to be elected to complete the remainder of the term of the Selectboard seat that he currently holds (2017-19).

Last November, a vacancy opened up on the Selectboard. The details of this vacancy have been reported elsewhere. Jaime and several other members of our community applied for this seat. Jaime was selected from that pool of candidates through a process overseen by town officials, including a Selectboard vote to fill that seat until the next Town election, which is March 6.

Next week’s election will hopefully maintain continuity in Jaime’s seat on the Selectboard for the remainder of the term until March 2019. In his time on the Selectboard, Jaime has demonstrated that he will play a key role in resetting the tone towards effective collaboration between the community and town governance.

In this time on the Selectboard and prior to that on the Planning Commission, Jaime has proven himself to be a capable, reasoned and compassionate member of the town governance structure. In fact, one of his first acts within one month of assuming office on the Selectboard was to negotiate the compensation of homeowners in Hillside Terrace by the Town for water damage due to a municipal sewer systems failure.

Although some might like for town government to be run by common sense or intuition alone, events over the last few years have shown us the reality that there are significant legal implications associated with town governance. As an attorney with experience in representing large multinational corporations, Mr. Heins has a working understanding of the legal technicalities that must be met in order to successfully implement initiatives or changes in policy.

Jaime has brought a nuanced, respectful and legally grounded approach to complex issues facing the Selectboard and also as former member and chair of the Planning Commission.

Jaime understands how to strike that balance between laws, funding, and doing the right thing. His ability to artfully navigate that narrow path will continue to serve Shelburne well.

Sean Diehl

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