Seeking a recount

Thank you to everyone for your votes during the recent Town Meeting Day election. It’s so clear that every single vote mattered very much. I appreciate your taking the time to be a part of the election and extending your support of my candidacy.

I am writing to request a recount of the Ward 1 election for City Council. While I don’t expect it to overturn election results, it is important that the recount process ensure that every vote is accurately tallied.

I am concerned that the negative tenor and personal attacks during this election mirrored the politics we are watching from Washington, D.C. Our community members deserve better. The fatigue and frustration that good people are experiencing threatens to disinvite those with differing opinions who would otherwise contribute to creating a more vital community. Did the negative tenor of the campaign contribute to the poor voter turnout? We’ll likely never know for sure.

Further, although our paper of record, The Times Argus, has a policy to avoid endorsing these local races, it actually accomplished this nicely by publishing an inaccurate, personal diatribe by a former mayor that appeared to have the primary purpose of discrediting me, with no time to print a response before Town Meeting Day.

No matter what the result of the recount is, I will continue to work to better our community. I, by no means, am going away.

Sue Higby

Barre

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