On June 10 the people of North Yarmouth will be electing members of the Board of Selectmen and the town Budget Committee. There are two open seats on the Board of Selectmen. Selectman Mark Girard is running for re-election, but no one has stepped up to run for the other seat. Pam Ames is running for one of two seats on the Budget Committee, but again, no one submitted a petition to run for the other seat.
Our community had a very well attended Town Meeting where strong, bright voices spoke up and were heard. These are the voices we need to be our selectmen and committee members. As a former selectmen, I can report a couple of experiences. One, it is not an overwhelming time commitment. Every other Tuesday evening, five individuals would gather at the town office with our town administrator and work for a couple of hours. I looked forward to the time we worked for the town. Second and more importantly, it was one small way to give back to the community that my family has lived in for 20 years. It may seem the work done by the board is inconsequential, but it really makes a difference.
I encourage my neighbors and friends to step up and serve on our Board of Selectmen or Budget Committee, or any of the other committees of our town. We welcome you and we need you.
Rep. Anne Graham