Harwich voters go to the polls next Tuesday, May 18, to choose among candidates running for the board of selectman and the water and wastewater commission. In these, the only contested races on the ballot, we recommend votes for Mary Anderson and Ed McManus.
Mary Anderson has impressed us ever since she took over as executive director of the Family Pantry of Cape Cod in 2005. She took the pantry from a modest local operation to a regional facility serving thousands of Cape Codders a year. Her innovative approach, including opening the Second Glance thrift shop to raise revenue for the pantry, shows the type of innovative thinking Harwich needs now. An experienced leader both from her work at the pantry and her career at Verizon, she knows the town, having served on the finance committee – a plus given the budget issues that have surfaced in recent years – and is willing to gather input from a wide variety of sources to inform the decision-making process. She understands the housing issues facing the town and understands the need to get public support for wastewater projects, the largest infrastructure improvements the town will ever make. She is clearly qualified and deserves an opportunity to serve on the board.
Ed McManus has been an effective selectman, and is now seeking a seat on the water and wastewater commission, whose duties will only grow in importance in the coming years as the town pursues its wastewater management plan. He knows the background – how Harwich got where it is, how the plan was formulated – and is the best candidate to help steer the effort on the expanded commission.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the community center. We encourage everyone to exercise their civic duty and vote.