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Not seeking re-election: a ‘difficult and bittersweet decision’

I would like to officially announce that I will not be standing for re-election to the position as Brattleboro Selectboard member.

This has been a difficult and bittersweet decision. I want to express the genuine honor, pleasure, and gratitude I felt at having been selected by the citizens of Brattleboro.

It has been a joy working with my colleagues and with all town employees in service to ensuring a better quality of life for all while also exploring ways to continue to improve the efficiency of the town.

I will be finishing up my term having experienced and witnessed the hard work and dedication, the endless hours required to nurture life in Brattleboro, and the approach of open dialogue, hearts, and minds within some of the most challenging moments on the part of everyone involved.

I leave with great good will toward all of my colleagues. I leave grateful for the experience and with a deeper admiration for the work so many people do.

At this point in my life, it is about placing focus on some key projects and not about taking leave from the nature of the work itself.

Over the past year, my priorities have shifted. I will be devoting time to my studies as I’ve embarked on a path to secure an additional graduate degree, and I will also re-engage with my work as an investigative journalist. While I will not be serving the town as a politician, I will be using my writing and voice in other ways that will hopefully serve the region.

For anyone who is thinking about running or considering whether to get involved, I strongly encourage doing so. We need more individuals to be involved with the growth and management of the town.

Now more then ever, especially given the national landscape, it is key for individuals to consider all of the ways they can contribute or engage locally. If you have any questions about this position, please feel free to contact me at Shantavns@gmail.com, or call me at 802-275-8152.

Thank you, Brattleboro.

Shanta Lee Gander
West Brattleboro

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Originally published in The Commons issue #494 (Wednesday, January 23, 2019). This story appeared on page C1.

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