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Duffy Missed the Point
In her letter of April 14th to the GRA (see
Letters to the GRA) responding to a GRA article entitled "Will
of the Voters Ignored Again", Planning
Board chairman Jo Ann Duffy
some valid points. Indeed, the article's mention that Dick Georgantas
garnered only 28.5% of the vote does
not clearly reflect that his third-place finish resulted in his failure
to be elected to one of the two open seats by 148 votes. And we also
acknowledge that historically, the planning board has tended to appoint
individuals who were the losing candidates with the next highest vote
total to fill vacancies.
Indeed, how dare Campasano ignore history?!?
The answer is simple. Nick understood the will of the voters and acted accordingly. Kudos, Mr. Campasano. You heard us back in March.
Consider the following hypothetical: How do you suppose the taxpayers would react if, say, one of our current selectmen were to suddenly step down, and the Board of Selectmen subsequently appointed recently-ousted Gossett McRae to fill the vacant seat? Do you truly believe such an action would serve the clear mandate of the voters on March 14th? Do you believe such an action could be justified based on Gossett's past experience on the BOS, or worse, on the basis of past practices? Do you believe the voters would stand for such an action? Granted, McRae wasn't the losing candidate with the next highest vote total (Pamela Manney was). But Gossett was an incumbent who was voted out of office. Such a result sends a very clear message - in any election.
similarly clear message was sent to the Planning Board - which it ignored.
But by voting for you - and for Alan Yeaton, the majority of Goffstown taxpayers were also obviously casting their votes against putting Dick Georgantas back in office. The message from the voters on March 14th was crystal clear: they wanted change, Jo Ann. That was obvious by the BOS vote, the many police/fire merger articles, the TIF Plan articles, the budget responsibility articles, and the planning board vote. Even the Grasmere Town Hall vote took a hit this year! Wasn't the planning board listening to us?
By appointing Dick right back to the very board he was voted out of, you have completely and effectively ignored the clear will of the voters. And now, thanks to your actions, you have negated our votes, and the result is that NOTHING has changed on the planning board.
As such, we are disappointed in your first substantial action as chairman of the planning board.
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