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Rev. Ann L. Hallstein: Supports Nancy Sykes for mayor of Easthampton

To the editor:

In a Sept. 17 letter to the editor, an Easthampton resident Harrison writes that he is voting for Karen Cadieux as mayor of Easthampton because she “knows the inner workings of our municipality” and can “hit the ground running on day one.” I assume he says this because Cadieux has been administrative assistant to Mayor Mike Tautznik for some years.

In considering any candidate for office, one should look at the type, depth and breadth of experience. That someone has worked in an office as an assistant to an officeholder is no guarantee of the capacity to perform that position. Let’s look for the candidate who has the most to bring to any office, not merely that the “transition” from the old to the new may go more easily. Once that transition is over, there’s a whole lot more to come.

Whether for mayor of Easthampton, the governor of Massachusetts, or the presidency of the United States, we should not elect someone because s/he will have a “short learning curve.” We want the person who has the depth of leadership experience necessary to carry us forward in this complex and demanding world.

In the election for a new mayor of Easthampton, I submit the better prepared candidate is Nancy Sykes. Her experience is both deep and broad. I join the letter-writer in inviting citizens to learn as much as possible, but about both candidates.

Rev. Ann L. Hallstein


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