What role should town council play in local government

Candidates share their opinions, and discuss why they want to serve

Posted 10/17/20

Why are Rob Humm, Carl Kustell, John Alessandro and Annelise Conway running for the three open seats on the Barrington Town Council? And what role do they think the council should play in local …

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What role should town council play in local government

Candidates share their opinions, and discuss why they want to serve

Posted

Why are Rob Humm, Carl Kustell, John Alessandro and Annelise Conway running for the three open seats on the Barrington Town Council? And what role do they think the council should play in local government?

Here are their answers:

• Carl Kustell (D): "I am running because I have the advocacy and public policy skill set to help Barrington responsibly navigate through the current recession while staying on course to meet the goals of our comprehensive plan. I support promoting walkability, affordability and the vibrancy of our village center. I also support investing in renewable energy, climate resiliency and a community-wide sense of belonging for people of all backgrounds. Councilors are elected to exercise sound judgment in setting policy responses to challenges which are identified by residents or town officials during the course of their service."

• John Alessandro (I): "I am running for town council to ensure that all people have a voice in local government. My experience in public service has shown me that you must govern with all of the people in mind and not just a select and vocal few. I will bring understanding and knowledge when exploring challenging issues. I will be responsive to the residents and consider all voices. I’ll use creativity to work with the other members of the council and appreciate the skills everyone brings to each situation. It would be a honor to continue to serve the residents of Barrington."

• Annelise Conway (D): "I am running to continue to provide female representation on the Barrington Town Council. After generations of powerful women leading and serving our town, a lack of our perspectives in leadership would be limiting and, frankly, disappointing. The council must be balanced. With only representation, the council is reactionary and scattered; with only perceived morality - ideologues. Neither is productive. More challenging, the extremes disengage and disenfranchise important voices. Incorporating Barringtonians’ needs and concerns with a collection of values, experiences, and perspectives will provide the town with growth and progress uniquely part of and embraced by our community as a whole.

• Rob Humm (D): "I enjoy giving back to the community that has given so much to me and my family over the years, such as by coaching youth sports and serving as chair of the planning board and economic development commission. Now, I want to continue to give back and work with and for our community by serving on our town council. The town’s charter describes the town council’s role as to serve as the legislative body of the town and determine policies for the town. It represents all people of Barrington and should make reasonable and objective decisions with everyone in mind."

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