To the editor: I am asking voters to reelect Kate Burke as a Select Board member in Great Barrington.

It is not very often that I endorse a candidate, but this year there are three highly qualified candidates and I want to make sure the voters know what a terrific job Kate has done in her first term in office. She is not afraid to ask the tough questions that are required of a quality Select Board member. Kate has pushed to establish the Trust Policy Committee, The Commission on Disabilities and The Housatonic Task Force. Kate often stands alone with her convictions on things such as cannabis, living wage for town staff, support of establishing a trade school education fund and equity.

Kate has used her position to represent those whose voices are not always heard in town government. Kate has made sure to help represent the working families and those who are struggling to be able to live in our town.

For the past three years, I have been very fortunate to serve with Kate on the Select Board. The current board is composed of a group of hard working and thoughtful individuals who want what is best for the town of Great Barrington. We don’t always agree with each other but we always have respectful and thoughtful discourse. Kate has been an important member of that group.

I ask you to reelect Kate Burke to the Select Board in Great Barrington. She will continue her hard work that will benefit all of us.

Stephen C. Bannon, Great Barrington

The writer is the chairman of the Great Barrington Select Board.