To the editor:
Salem’s town elections this March must be about electing candidates who can lead our special town into the future and set the foundation for better roads, safer neighborhoods, economic development, into the futand a future that is bright and prosperous for this generation and those to come. One of those candidates is Shannon Bettencourt, who is running for Budget Committee. She is a fresh-faced conservative candidate with a first-class pedigree who has my 100 percent support.
Shannon is a young professional who has both public and private sector budgeting experience. She represents a future generation of leaders in Salem and the time for their leadership is now. We always say that we need candidates for public office that have courage, common sense and real-world success that is needed to address governmental problems. Shannon has all three of those key attributes and will be a strong leader on the Budget Committee.
Whether at Philips Electronics, Regnery Publishing or working for U.S. Sen. Susan Collins in Washington, D.C., Shannon has demonstrated an ability to translate her finance skills and passion for public service into budgets that benefit taxpayers and maintain quality town services.
She has proven time and time again in her life that she will be a strong voice of and for the people of Salem. She has the constructive personal relationships with our local, state and federal leaders to help her hit the ground running for taxpayers on day one.
I hope all Salem residents will join me in supporting a great candidate for Budget Committee, Shannon Bettencourt.