New Brattleboro town moderator handled first meeting with aplomb

BRATTLEBORO — Thank you to our new town moderator, David Gartenstein, for his skill, patience and stamina at Brattleboro's recent Annual Representative Town Meeting.

The usual challenges of real time democratic deliberation were combined with both the difficulties of an electronic meeting format and the nearly 12-hour duration of the meeting. David Gartenstein moderated the meeting consistently throughout.

As a result, more than 100 Town Meeting representatives from our three districts were able to approve town officers, pass a town budget, and discuss many issues of importance to the people of Brattleboro. All warned articles were acted upon, in accordance with our town charter.

Thank you, David, for your preparation, focus, and success in accomplishing this important function of our local democracy.

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