Eastes: Guilford lucky to have him

I support Zon Eastes for a two-year term on Guilford's Selectboard.

Zon is passionate about public service, and in his time on the Selectboard he has gained much knowledge and experience about Vermont statutes and town governance.

In addition to serving as Selectboard chair, he is also the liaison to the Planning Commission, on which I serve. He hasn't missed a single meeting and shows up in person, volunteering to set up the Zoom equipment, and he oversees the process by politely cueing the members when they should hold a vote or call to adjourn conforming to the many rules involved with a holding a legal public meeting that our Planning Commission volunteers aren't seasoned in yet.

His leadership was invaluable in guarding Guilford's interest during legal allegations and suits, staff transitions in the town office, increasing transparency, and overseeing the transfer of federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars by forming a committee to identify shovel-ready projects to fund.

He is a great neighbor and land conservationist who loves his land and the character of Guilford's pristine countryside. He welcomes hikers and skiers to enjoy his piece of nature.

Zon is a great listener, meeting facilitator, and overall public servant. I believe Guilford has been fortunate to have had him. Two more years with Zon as a Selectman will only continue to be positive for the town's future.

Julie Holland


This letter to the editor was submitted to The Commons.

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