, Salem, MA

April 4, 2013

Letter: Support for Swampscott candidate

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

I am writing this letter to show my support for Matt Strauss, who is running for a seat on the Swampscott Board of Selectmen. As a friend and neighbor, I have known Matt and his family for more than 10 years, and he is a truly positive person with great integrity and a proven leader. Over the years that I have known Matt, he has proven his commitment to this town by being a Town Meeting member, serving on the Board of Selectmen for a previous term and volunteering throughout the town at various events. Matt does all of this tirelessly and without complaint.

Matt Strauss has no hidden personal agenda, he tackles the position of selectman with a true sense of commitment to and passion for the town. He takes on the time commitment involved in public service because he believes in this town and truly wants to help. During his three-year term as a selectman, he demonstrated his leadership ability as chairman and his willingness to take on issues in a fair and democratic way.

The role of selectman is a thankless one indeed; I have asked Matt why he would want to do this and he answers without hesitation, “The board needs leadership as they are moving in all different directions. There will always be disagreements, disagreements are healthy, but there are too many personal agendas and politics going on, and I think this is getting in the way of moving our town forward. You will never please everyone, so the quicker you realize that, the more effective you will be.” He also added, “As I have been knocking on doors, some people have actually said ‘thank you’ for running, and that makes me feel good about my decision to run.”

I ask that you strongly consider Matt Strauss when casting one of your two votes in the election for Board of Selectmen on April 30.

Wendy Irwin