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Rene Wood’s devotion to Sheffield makes her ideal candidate for selectman

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By Monday, Apr 30, 2018 Letters

To the editor:

I am writing to support the candidacy of Rene Wood for selectman.

Rene moved to Sheffield over 20 years ago. She was not born in Sheffield but chose it to be her home, as she loved the friends she had already made, the beauty, the seasons and everything about the area.

Quickly, she met her neighbors, became involved in Sheffield’s organizations and, in 2000, became involved in political activities, working to make the town a better and more desirable place to live.

Rene’s political accomplishments are many and varied, from the Rest of River to authoring grants for handicapped access to Town Hall and housing rehabilitation directly benefitting low- to moderate-income homeowners. She has served on the Sheffield Board of Selectmen for two terms, on the town’s planning board and board of health, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, Berkshire Regional Transit Authority, and many other boards. Her knowledge of Sheffield and regional needs is extensive. Her connections are deep as is her love for Sheffield.

Rene has also donated her time and well-appreciated baked goods and delicious jams to many organizations in Sheffield.

One can only admire her efforts and diversity of interests along with her amazing energy and ethical standards.

It is not easy to run for any public office. It requires considerable time; a very thick skin; and knowledge of regional, state and federal laws. Each issue must be carefully reviewed and a consensus built. Tough decisions must be made and some voters may be disappointed. Few issues are ever black or white. Rene always does her “homework,” listens to all opinions and is able to explain her decision-making process.

I am Rene’s sister. I visit Sheffield frequently and know of her deep love of Sheffield and the Berkshires. It is her forever and chosen home.

I urge you to vote for Rene on May 14!

Thank you.

Rita Vrhel
Palo Alto, California

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