To the editor:

Recently, a negative mail campaign came out against Matthew Nelson that really bothered me. It was completely uncalled for. Personal attacks against an opponent during an election is a disservice to us all, creating a divisive and negative atmosphere. Whether one happens to have been born here has little bearing on whether they are qualified to lead our Town. I want a Town Board who will unite us and welcome community engagement. I want to elect someone who is proactive about finding opportunities for our Town while preserving its rural and historic character. The campaigns of Matthew Nelson, Jill Shattenkirk-Mescia and Melissa Miller embody these characteristics. They have run their campaign with a focus on the strength and potential of our community, without any negative attack ads.

The most recent Kinderhook United mailer stated, “Kinderhook has missed out on millions of dollars that could have funded important, local projects. Responsible fiscal management by the local government can and must keep taxes low without saying “no” to all new projects.” Preserving the quality of life here is NOT mutually exclusive to pursuing projects that will enhance that quality of life, for seniors, for our children and for all residents. I don’t want to see our Town miss out on more opportunities due to inaction. Matthew, Jill and Melissa have the leadership qualities required and are ready to work for and with all of us. I hope you will join me in voting for them.

Elizabeth Doering

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