I am writing to express my strong support for the candidacy of Jim Walsh to fill the Town Council seat that has been held by Mary Ann Lynch. Lynch’s dedication and effectiveness as a councilor have been exemplary, and she leaves a legacy that will be very hard to fill. However, it is my belief that Jim Walsh is in a position to make a significant contribution to Cape Elizabeth and I would urge voters to support his candidacy.
Jim brings a keen analytical ability to the tasks of the council, and a perspective grounded by the experience of having been both an educator and an entrepreneur. His experiences as a principal will greatly enhance his understanding of the needs of the school system, while his experiences as a manager, executive and entrepreneur will bring pragmatism and fiscal accountability to council discussions.
But it is Jim’s intrinsic nature which I believe will be of the most utility to the town: he is blessed with a personality that encourages conciliation and cooperation. He values civil discourse and encourages solution-oriented discussion. He is a man of demonstrated principle and intellect. Having been an active citizen and father of four, he is quite familiar with the town and its history. He is open-minded and keenly interested in both the town and the people of Cape Elizabeth.
His willingness to serve on the Town Council, and his tremendous capability, are an opportunity that we as citizens cannot afford to miss.