Peter Demling: Supports candidates who exemplify ‘selfless service’
|Published: 11-03-2023 5:22 AM
I’m very happy and proud to be voting for Mandi Jo Hanneke, Matt Holloway and Andy Steinberg for councilor at-large; Deb Leonard, Sarah Marshall and Irv Rhodes for School Committee; and Hala Lord and George Ryan for District 3 town councilor.
I would also be thrilled to vote for Cathy Schoen in District 1, Pat De Angelis and Lynn Griesemer in District 2 and Anika Lopes in District 4; but alas, I live in only one district.
Local elections for me are less about “issues” and “positions” and more about finding people who take a level-headed approach to public service, with an open mind and a kind heart. As Hala Lord’s signs put it, Dirigiendo con Amor — “Leading with Love.”
Selfless service without self-promotion. Disagreeing fearlessly without vilifying those you disagree with. Having the integrity and character to prioritize listening, and then working diligently with others to achieve the greatest good.
I think these candidates all have these qualities and will serve our town very well. Please join me in voting for them on Nov. 7.
Former Amherst School Committee member