Even with challenges, there’s opportunity in Brookline

To the Editor:

I am writing to introduce myself to members of the Brookline community who may not already know me, and to ask you all for your votes for Selectman on March 11.

I have lived in Brookline since 2000, but my family ties go much further back and I spent many summers, holidays and school vacations in Brookline with my grandparents, Nason and Elsie Fessenden and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Our beloved town may be bigger and not as quiet now, but there is just as much to treasure and be proud of in the Brookline we know today.

Much of what I hope to bring to the Board of Selectmen comes from my 25 years of experience as a manager in retail and banking, and from my years as a volunteer here in Brookline. From my experience as a manager, I bring familiarity with budget processes, managing people while encouraging independence, creativity and drive, and an appreciation of the critical importance of listening.

Serving on town committees like the Facilities Committee, the Safety Complex Building Committee and the Town History Committee and with community groups like the Brookline Lions and Brookline Historical Society, I have come to strongly believe in building a sense of community and bringing many people together to achieve greater and more satisfactory results. I have found serving as a volunteer in Brookline immensely rewarding, and I will work to encourage others to step up.

For every challenge Brookline faces, there lies within an opportunity to build and strengthen our community and involve more citizens. By carefully managing our spending and increasing the volunteerism that has served the town so well, we will achieve more together, and we will continue to build a town we can be proud of.

The greatest strength of Brookline has always been, and will continue to be, its people. When we treat each other with respect and value the contributions all of our citizens can make, there is no limit to what we can achieve.

That is why I ask for your vote on March 11, and if given the opportunity to serve on the Board of Selectmen, it will be my privilege to work every day to listen to Brookliners’ concerns, continue the careful management of our tax dollars, bring people together and find practical solutions that preserve Brookline’s uniqueness while preparing our town for the future.

KEITH F. THOMPSON

Brookline