Letter to the Editor: Shari Ellis for Board of Selectmen
By BCAT News
March 12, 2021
I moved to Burlington in 2001 and had spent the previous 15 years involved in the town governments of Billerica and Bellingham. I had told my wife that I thought I wanted to take some time off from spending my nights with people that seemed to be stuck in the past, that made up their mind based on out-of-date data or no data at all, that didn’t have a plan for the future of the town, were only concerned about how their plot of land would be affected and not what would benefit the majority of the residents and businesses of the town.
We got a subscription to the Burlington Union. The first article that I read had a quote from Shari Ellis about a warrant article for the Town Meeting. I caught a portion of the Town Meeting on BCAT, and there was Shari Ellis. My first impression – smart women.
I have since become a Town Meeting Member and member on the General Bylaw Review Committee and have had the opportunity to work with Shari on a number of occasions. Shari is no stranger to the politics of the town. Her time as a Town Meeting Member has been used to urge for the passage of articles that consider the future of the town and for the benefit of the majority of those that live and work here. At Town Meeting when she gets up to speak you know that she has done her homework, dug out the facts, reviewed the data and is concerned for what is best for the town and the town’s future.
I have had the privilege to work closely with Shari in her role as Chair of the Zoning Bylaw Review Committee. Shari is willing to do the work, to listen to the residents and business owners, to understand the situation and how it affects us all and to persist at doing what is the course of action that will lead Burlington into the future.
These are the qualities that, I believe, will make Shari Ellis a valued member of the Select Board in Burlington. Please remember to cast your vote for Shari on Saturday, April 10.
Town Meeting Member – Precinct 7
General Bylaw Review Committee – Chair