There is a “new group” representing the Republican Party in the Town of Bedford, but party labels beg the question of who will be best for our town going forward. As co-founder and former president of Bedford 2030, I worked closely with both Lee Roberts and Chris Burdick. Lee, a Republican, had the vision in 2010 to create the Town’s Climate Action Plan and to create Bedford 2020 to assist in the implementation. Chris, a Democrat, worked tirelessly to support the environmental goals we need so desperately today.

To quote Amanda Gorman’s inaugural poem, “We will not march back to what was but move to what shall be, a country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free.” These inspirational words describe Ellen Calves. She is the best leader for our future and the future of our children. A lawyer with a financial background, Ellen has the raw materials to lead our town. More significant, during her tenure as program director for Bedford 2030, Ellen had her feet to the fire every day. She demonstrated how to listen to diverse voices, to engage a wide segment of the community. She had the vision to deliver on the goals articulated in the town’s Climate Action Plan.

As town board member and deputy supervisor, she has taken these talents further and has led numerous initiatives to reduce energy waste, increase recycling, improve air and water quality, boost clean energy, promote sustainable food and protect natural resources. Ellen helped pass the town’s reusable bag legislation and chairs the town’s Climate Smart Communities team.

Ellen is a proven leader. She will not look backward for inspiration, but will use her talents to move forward, to deliver on the issues that stand before us. I’ll go with leadership and vision, not labels.

Ellen Conrad

Bedford Village

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