While the dust hasn’t quite settled in the recent election for state representative, I would be remiss if I didn’t publicly thank the all the voters of Standish who exercised their right to vote on election day.

While some people take the right to vote for granted, many of us in Standish view this right as more of a civic obligation. That, in part, makes Standish a strong community of which we can all be proud.

It was a pleasure to have met many of you during the campaign and hear your views, concerns and hopes for the future. I am sincerely humbled by your expression of support.

Finally, I would like to applaud Mary Chapman and her staff for their professionalism. They administered the election with the utmost integrity and fairness. She is truly a valuable asset to the town of Standish.

If this election should remind us of anything, it is that every citizen has a voice and an opportunity, and obligation, to express that voice. It also proves the old adage true…every vote counts.

Again, thank you to all of the voters of Standish for participating in the process.

Mike Shaw


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