Our View: Ford And MacAskill, Mathison And Newcomb

Editorial.

In Harwich: Ford And MacAskill

When voters go to the polls on Tuesday they will be asked to fill two seats on the board of selectmen. One of those seats is presently held by incumbent Michael MacAskill, who has served for four years. The other two candidates are Thomas Sherry and Stephen Ford. Sherry is familiar to many of the voters in town, having run for the board a year ago and lost by 21 votes to Selectman Ed McManus.

The new kid on the ballot is Ford. While he may be new to the local elective process, Ford is well known in the community. He grew up here and graduated from the local school system. After graduating from college he lived here while working as the district manager for the late Congressman Gerry E. Studds. During that time he spent a lot of time working with municipal officials and the people of the district, assisting with all manner of government issues, which helped him get to know the inner workings of Cape communities. After 10 years of government service, Ford made the transition to banking and for 30 years worked with states and municipalities across the country, providing financing for major capital projects such like Harwich's wastewater program.

Ford has returned home and wants to use his experience to make Harwich a better place to live. His experience over the years would serve the town well, especially as it works through wastewater funding issues. We think Stephen Ford would be a good addition to the board of selectmen and would bring a voice of civility needed there.

Voters will have two choices for the seats on the board when they cast their ballot. There has been some whispering about bullet voting, but we urge voters to exercise their right to choose the two candidates who they feel would best represent them on the board of selectmen. For that second vote, we endorse MacAskill. We do not always agree with MacAskill, but we respect that he does his homework and is not shy about expressing his opinion.

Three Good Choices For Orleans Selectman

To win an election, John Adams wrote to his friend James Warren, “A Man must be his own trumpeter...He must get his picture drawn, his statue made, and must hire all the artists in his turn, to set about works to spread his name, make the mob stare and gape, and perpetuate his fame.”

Thankfully, that's not the case in Orleans. Over the last few weeks, The Chronicle spoke at length with the three men running for selectmen and didn't hear a single trumpet blare. What we heard instead were stories reflecting deep Cape roots, lessons learned in travels to other places, struggles with life's challenges, and visions for a better Orleans.

With the ballot offering only two seats, we recommend a vote of confidence for incumbent Mark Mathison's questioning, attentive leadership style and advocacy for the town's youth and working people, and one for the straightforward Cecil Newcomb, impatient for action on dredging, affordable housing, and transparency in town government. We look forward to Erik Oliver continuing to remind residents of the need for sensible and sustainable development, and to his future service to the town.