letter to the editor

Gratitude

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 4:00pm

Dear Editor:

I would like to take a moment to thank all those who supported my campaign and voted for me. I am truly humbled by their support and they have my promise that I will do all that is in power to live up to their confidence in me.

To those folks that did not support me. I am equally aware that I have to prove myself to you by demonstrating fairness, openness and honesty in my dealings in the town’s business. I have to earn your confidence and trust and I will work hard to do it.

It would be an understatement to say that apparently great sums of money had been spent on this Select Board race — far beyond what has ever been spent in this town. The reasons for that I will leave to the townspeople to discern. What does concern me is what people think of me and my part in this situation — did I succumb to the feeding frenzy that took place?

The answer is absolutely not. My campaign consisted of dooryard signs, one all-town mailing (1750 pieces), one postcard mailing (150 pieces) to my sphere of influence, 75 self-produced tri-fold brochures (MS Publisher and home laser printer), four house meetings to meet prospective voters at no cost to my campaign, one 2-hour Q and A session in rented space at the Opera House to discuss the warrants on the ballot and a few Letters to the Editor. I had no fundraisers. I neither solicited nor accepted any contributions at any of these events. I had no support from either political party. I did have two donors to my campaign: one contributed the dooryard signs and the other contributed $500 for general campaign expenses. The total cost for my campaign including the donors was $1,300. That is it! While that might seem like a lot to some, I don’t know how I could have done any less and still have been competitive. I will leave that up to your judgment.

Those are the facts — now on to the important business of representing you and this town.

Again, thank you.

Ken F-Fitch

Selectman

Boothbay Harbor