The new Town Council marks a historic change for Amherst. The Council will have the responsibility and extensive authority to set town policies that will shape Amherst’s future. My husband Larry Zacharias and I love Amherst, our home for over 35 years. I am running for Town Council with a commitment to sustain and enhance the quality of life and diversity that makes Amherst such a special place.
Launching the Council successfully will require transparency, accountability, fiscal responsibility, and open-minded councilors. I will bring a fresh perspective and ability to craft solutions as Amherst confronts change and fiscal challenges.
My top priorities reflect key concerns for our future. We will need to:
- Ensure smart development, with attention to public consequences. How we develop matters! New developments should enhance the vibrancy and character of our downtown and village centers.
- Prioritize capital spending to meet urgent needs, while minimizing taxpayer impact. We have tough choices on costs and timing.
- Invest in strong, excellent schools, including preschools. The Council will need to help foster a plan to fix our schools that garners broad community support.
- Improve support for community’s quality of life and environment. Repair roads, add sidewalks, better/safer intersections; protect open spaces; and implement energy conservation.
I have skills and expertise that fit well with the Town’s need for careful analysis, and creative, affordable approaches to moving forward. Trained as an economist, I have more than forty years of experience working on pressing public concerns, with in-depth knowledge of health insurance and public finance. I have the ability to analyze complex issues, to come-up with creative solutions and to build consensus.
I am running for Council to put my lifelong experiences and skills to work for Amherst to get our new government off to a positive start. I will be a strong, progressive voice on behalf of District 1, and residents throughout Amherst.
I am honored to have been endorsed by the Sierra Club, thanks to my ideas for new energy initiatives in Amherst.