To the Editor:
Sheffield’s annual town election will take place Monday, May 14, and I encourage all residents to make sure that they come out to vote. I am finishing my first three-year term and have decided to seek re-election. Sheffield has been my home for my entire life and I have a passion to serve the community where I live and work. The town’s growth and changes over the years reinforce the fact that Sheffield is a great place to call home.
As anyone who has held office knows, it takes a while to gain the knowledge of how a municipal government operates. It is now understandable why it seems like the process takes so much more time than a private business. I also understand but don’t agree that the cost of services/purchases is higher due to regulations a municipality must follow. I am always looking to save a penny, as my favorite statement is “If you watch the pennies, dollars will flow.”
The board should continue to operate as a group and not a one-person show. It has always been my mission to operate as a team to ensure that the town benefits from our decisions. The town has been successful in obtaining over half a million dollars in grant funding and we have applied for and hope to be successful with several others.
I am not an outspoken public person, but rest assured that every decision I make as a member of the board comes from my heart and love for Sheffield. If re-elected, I will continue to work as hard as I can to do the right thing for the town and its residents, and try to keep Sheffield affordable for everyone. Our ancestors worked hard to create a town that everyone was proud to be a part of and I hope to continue that tradition.
Please remember that each vote counts so I am asking for your support in my bid for re-election on May 14.
Andrew G. Petersen
The writer is a candidate for Sheffield Board of Selectmen.