Letter: Vote for Marie Harpin For North Adams Council

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To the Editor:

I am writing in support of Marie Harpin candidate for North Adams City Council. Marie is a lifelong resident of the city of North Adams, educated in local schools and a graduate of McCann Technical School. She received her bachelor's and MBA from MCLA.

I feel strongly that Marie's education and experience in the private sector will serve her well as a city councilor especially during budget development and oversight as well as other areas that require close scrutiny and fiscal responsibility. Tax increases seem automatic these days, we need someone that has the ability to analyze and prioritize our tax dollars.

Another area that Marie has targeted her focus is education. She feels that fiscal responsibility and regionalization of educational services is necessary as enrollments decline and towns are pushed to their tax limits. Now that the Berkshire County Education Task Force Phase II study is completed, there is strong support for the consolidation of educational services across the county. Armed with the findings of the study, Marie will be able to have those important conversations that will help move the regionalization process closer to reality and the savings of real tax dollars. Marie also plans to focus on community recreation, infrastructure and the opioid epidemic as well.

Marie's sense of social responsibility has been fostered and nurtured by her mother’s service to her city and Berkshire County. North Adams is on the move and Marie wants to make sure the city of North Adams continues along the path of continued economic growth, cultural enhancement and a community that is open to all and safe for all to enjoy. A vote for Marie is a vote for continued growth, a transparent government and fiscal responsibility.

Gary Rivers
North Adams, Mass. 




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