I've been involved in town issues for almost as long as I've lived in Harvard, ranging from soccer coach to chair of the School Committee.

I've led efforts to keep our schools properly funded, judged the science fair and Bromfield School senior community projects, helped organize the League of Women Voters annual Columbus Day flea market and placed citizen petition warrant articles in front of the town. I know for a fact that hard work and persistence can really make a difference for the better in our town. That, in a nutshell, is why I'm running to be a selectman. I love this town and want to keep it a place that's welcoming to all.

Being a selectman gives one the opportunity to frame the debate regarding the many issues that face us. While the most important decisions are made by Town Meeting, the Board of Selectmen is charged with implementing the will of the town. I pledge that all my decisions will be informed by your needs and concerns.

Since I'm running on my history of past service to the town, I've decided to run a different campaign. So many people have told me how uncomfortable they feel with sign-holding in front of the schools that I've decided not to do this during this campaign. Instead, I'll be having coffee at a front table (or a picnic table, if it's nice) at the General from 8 to 9 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. during the weeks of April 8 and April 22. Let's have a conversation and tell me what concerns you about the future of Harvard. I'd appreciate hearing your ideas!

If you'd like to learn more about me, check out my website at www.electstu.org or call me at 456-9815.

Town Meeting is this Saturday, April 6, starting at 9 a.m. in the Bromfield Gym. To save the town from being in the ridiculous situation of having to sue itself, please support article 42, a zoning bylaw amendment.

I would appreciate your support and vote on Tuesday, April 30. The last day to register to vote is April 10.

STU SKLAR

Harvard