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Builds Bridges, Not Fences

Published Oct. 09, 2019

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The Town of Deep River has endured extraordinary challenges in recent years. The sudden death of a revered first selectman, rising educational costs, and a reduction in state revenue to municipalities have demanded competent leadership by those governing our town.

Angus McDonald, who has served on the Economic Development Committee, Planning & Zoning Commission, Water Pollution Control Authority, as well as the Board of Selectmen, stepped up to manage our town in a time of crisis. During his tenure as first selectman, he has effectively guided our town through a difficult transition. He has worked collaboratively with other town officials to contain expenses, improve town services and infrastructure, and manage the budget. He has also pursued creative revenue sources in support of our volunteer fire department.

As an active and contributing member of our community, I have had frequent interactions with the dedicated volunteers who work to improve the quality of life in Deep River. In my experience, Angus has consistently supported our efforts and been committed to the public safety and wellbeing of our community. He is accessible, knowledgeable, and an often enthusiastic participant in town events. He builds bridges, not fences.

While there are those who challenge his leadership or integrity, one might examine his enduring commitment to our town. No one is beyond scrutiny, but I do believe that facts are more substantial than innuendo.

In a recent Letter to the Editor (“Hard Work Lies Ahead,” Sept. 5, by Augusto “Gus” Lucarelli) the author makes the case that we face difficult challenges moving forward. I couldn’t agree more. I encourage voters to evaluate the candidate who has demonstrated a true commitment to Deep River over the years, has proven management experience, and who has the resources to get the job done.

Claire Walsh
Deep River