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I attended the Pepperell candidates forum held at the VFW on Aug. 24 and came away with several impressions.

First, hats off to every candidate, most of whom were well-versed on a number of issues critical to the survival of Massachusetts. However, I cannot consider any candidate whose only answer to many questions is to increase state oversight, inevitably raising taxes or to propose we can’t afford to lower taxes if we want the same services provided. This plan has been tried for multiple years and it doesn’t work. Pepperell’s Board of Selectmen, FinCom and Town Department heads have been making just these same hard decisions for a number of years. It’s time state-level politicians step up and make unpopular decisions for the future of Massachusetts. Anyone who does not want to make hard choices, I cannot seriously consider.

There has been limited discussion in Pepperell concerning Ms. Harrington’s lack of voting in state and town elections. I have grave concerns about the implications this record indicates. If carried to the next level, it would seriously impact the health of the towns being represented by this seat.

Sullivan is a dedicated local level elected official who from all accounts did a great job for his community. In his private practice, he did well for other communities in this district assisting small companies to bring in jobs. I hold one such job.

I listened carefully to all candidates and came away with one thought: Connie Sullivan is ready right now, has sound ideas and plans, and can get to work on his first day representing this district. Some say they are willing to serve, but are they ready to serve? Do they have any local experience they can bring to the state level? Do they know what it takes to operate a town in fiscally troubling times and do they realize the importance of local aid from a firsthand perspective? When I asked myself these questions, it was clear that Connie Sullivan, with his years of local experience, job creation, and fiscal conservatism, is the only logical choice. I’d ask you to consider and ultimately vote for Cornelius “Connie” Sullivan on Sept. 14 then again Nov. 2.

BURKE BERO

Pepperell