Candidates for the Chaplin Board of Selectmen
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Chaplin - posted Tue., Oct. 29, 2013
Bruce Raymond (D) – First Selectman & Board of Finance
Bruce Raymond has provided dedicated service to the Town of Chaplin for over a decade, serving on the Board of Finance and chairing the Planning and Zoning Commission. An independent computer software consultant, his professional experience includes work as a natural resource economist and as an educational researcher for WestEd Labs and the San Francisco Unified School District. His declared goal in running for First Selectman has become the motto of the other Democratic Party candidates vying for election in 2013: “Building Community” and “Building the Future.”
Irene Schein (D) – Board of Selectmen
Currently serving on the Board of Selectmen, Irene Schein wishes to continue her distinguished history of public service to the Town of Chaplin, a period that spans over 20 years “serving all the citizens,” she said. She has been a Chaplin resident for more than three decades and a business owner for almost four decades. “Fair, sensible and frugal,” her clearly-stated goal is “to continue to seek ways to save tax dollars while preserving a high quality of life.”
William H. Rose IV – (R) First Selectman
"I believe I can be an effective advocate for the needs of Chaplin as it advances through the 21st century, and I ask for your support as we move through these challenging times," said Rose. "Our community must balance our rural character with the needs of the town, but I don't believe we need to sacrifice those qualities that attracted Chaplin residents to our region," he said.
"I am no stranger to public service, having served on Chaplin's Inland/Wetlands Commission, so I am aware of the geography of the town and how that impacts our zoning regulations and plans for development. I was then elected in 1997 to serve on Chaplin's Board of Finance, and I am currently the vice-chair of that board. I have managed and negotiated our financial obligations while always keeping in mind the financial burden we as taxpayers face. Professionally, I owned and operated a heavy equipment business that has had strong ties to the region for over 25 years."
John Smith (R) - Board of Selectmen
"A resident of Chaplin for 10 years, for the last 12 years I have worked in sales and management in the commercial trucking industry with both Freightliner and International Trucks," said Smith "In Chaplin, I have been involved in the organization of several community functions, and have been an active member of the Recreation Commission. I have also worked with many of our townspeople and school officials in an effort to assure the future of our children’s education.
"Having a voice in the community is very important to me. Having a say in our children’s future, our community’s future and our town’s future is crucial. I believe in Chaplin and its potential to make the adjustments needed for long term health and stable growth."