Pam Hoffman MInuteman Letter to the Editor, February 23, 2017

Lexington voters face a critical choice March 6th. I am supporting three candidates who have a combination of professional skills and experience that distinguish them from the pack: Glenn Parker, Selectman; Kate Colburn, School Committee 3 year-term; and Kathleen Lenihan, School Committee 1 year-term.

Each of these candidates is currently a Town Meeting representative, has been a long-time volunteer in our community, and will bring important analytical skills and experience to their positions.

For the past 6 years, Glenn has chaired the Appropriation Committee (AC), which scrutinizes all financial articles voted on by Town Meeting. As AC liaison to the Ad Hoc Streetscape Design and the Ad Hoc School Master Planning Committees, Glenn has been actively involved in the most pressing issues and large capital projects now facing the town. He brings strong and relevant budget experience to the Board of Selectmen.

Kate consults professionally to local towns on municipal and school master planning. She served on the Appropriation Committee as the School Committee liaison and has extensive knowledge of our school capacity issues. Her planning expertise and financial acumen are well known and respected by her Town Meeting colleagues. Kate brings focus and long-term, flexible solutions to operating budget pressures and capital investments to resolve school overcrowding.

As a former teacher, current LHS PTO Co-President, and mother of three Lexington students, Kathleen has a deep understanding of our schools’ daily operations and accompanying challenges. Kathleen co-chaired our most recent Yes For Lexington campaign and has always been a strong and thoughtful advocate for our schools. She will work to improve the curriculum and reduce the stress placed on our students.

Glenn, Kate and Kathleen are eminently qualified for these roles and will be effective members from day one. Please join me in voting for these three outstanding candidates.

Pam Hoffman