Thank you

Colin Powell, Castine Selectperson

November 7, 2017

Castine voters,

Thank you so much for your passionate support and most especially your vote at the polls this year! When you choose to run for public office, there is a vulnerability that you must reconcile before you get to work changing hearts and minds with your ideas. That reconciliation happened so quickly for me in this election primarily because this town is such a positive, supportive community.

Folk singer Greg Brown has a live album on which, in between two songs, he tells a story about living in a small town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Winters are hard in the UP, and he explained that you have to know your neighbors when the weather howls, and life throws challenges in your path. Community is created when we need each other, not when we want community. “You have to need each other,” says Brown.

I need you! And I need my neighbors. Let’s embrace that need and get work moving Castine into the future. Please communicate with me early and often with your ideas. I can’t promise I’ll act on all of them, but the only way we know what people need is by communicating with one another.

In the next few weeks I’ll be working with my fellow selectpeople to setup some new lines of communication with the municipal government. I’ll also be touring town facilities and talking with town employees about what they need, or see as needs for other members of our community.

Thank you again, and I am so excited to be your next selectperson!