Letter: Hogeland offers Williamstown experience, optimism

Hogeland offers town experience, optimism

To the editor:

Anne Hogeland is running for the two-year slot on the Williamstown Planning Board Tuesday. The board prepares studies on land use, housing, conservation and business development, reviews zoning bylaw amendments and proposes some of its own, and makes its decisions based in community support. We need to elect board members who reason with logic and open-mindedness, who are willing and able to do research and build on their own expertise in the law and town planning, who have a clear sense of their responsibilities to the whole town, and who know how to seek compromise, not win personal battles.

Anne Hogeland fills the bill. After graduating from Williams College and Harvard Law School, she clerked for a U.S. District Court judge and practiced law in Boston, Washington, D.C., and Pittsfield, representing non-profit health care providers. After returning to Williamstown with her husband and three daughters in the 1970s, Anne immersed herself in community service, including founding the Adventures in Learning after-school program at the Williamstown Elementary School, and serving as co-president of the Mount Greylock High School PTO.

She chaired the high school superintendent search committee, co-chaired and managed the Williamstown Farmers Market, and is a member of the local Trustees of Reservations committee and Williamstown Cultural District Partnership. This list shows the broad range of her community interests, for which she has gained full respect throughout the town, particularly for her intelligence, her openness to listening to people's concerns, her talents in managing, and her ability to engage in thoughtful, collaborative planning.

Her outlook for the future of Williamstown is broad, and persuasively positive and optimistic. Let's vote Anne Hogeland to the Planning Board and watch her go to work to make the board a positive creative force for this town.

Tela Zasloff, Williamstown


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