Cranmer for Selectboard
|February 13, 2013||Filled under Our Town, The Readers Write||
My name is Allison Cranmer, and I’m running for the 3-year seat on the Shelburne Selectboard. My husband David and I have lived in Shelburne for 14 years. During that time, we’ve both become involved in the town in many ways and appreciate the sense of community here.
I know many of you as the leader for the Shelburne Weight Watchers meeting, as an instructor of Spinning at Shelburne Health and Fitness (and as a participant in other classes), and as a volunteer and board member with The Shelburne Players.
I became involved with the Shelburne Selectboard when I was asked to represent my neighborhood after our streetlights were removed. While attending meetings, I saw others from our town addressing the board on issues ranging from paving Pond Road to proposing a town pool to running water to the dog park. I found the workings of the Selectboard and the governance of our town interesting and thought I’d like to be part of it and bring my experience and perspective to the board.
As a project manager at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, and previously at Country Home Products, I’ve learned that every project and every issue has multiple dimensions – and often people who care very much about their part. I’ve learned to listen to the input of all involved and work with those people to reach decisions that ultimately offer the best outcome for the situation. One of my personal goals is to help people be their best, whether trying to lose weight, get fit, or just getting their job done.
It is important for people to know they can participate in how our town is being run and that they will be listened to and taken seriously. I believe that encouraging and welcoming community input to our Selectboard meetings will foster better conversations and decisions, and ultimately make Shelburne a better place for everyone.
I would like to represent you on the Shelburne Selectboard. I will bring new eyes, ears, and perspectives to the table. I am not afraid to ask hard questions or challenge viewpoints if it makes the conversation better. If elected, I will work with the other board members and the town staff to improve communications with the community so issues that are important and affect the quality of life for our citizens are publicized and citizens are given the opportunity to express their support or concerns.
I don’t claim to know every issue that will come before the Selectboard, but I will do my homework, listen to those who come before us, ask a lot of questions, and take decision-making very seriously.
It is important for us to keep Shelburne the warm, friendly community it is.
I hope you will get out and vote in March – and vote for a new voice in Shelburne.
Allison Cranmer, Shelburne