This is the last edition of the paper before the election, so I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who have helped me on the campaign trail: My friends and neighbors who have showed up to hold signs; Townspeople and supporters who have displayed my signs in their yards; The people who have shared what they like about our town and what needs to be fixed; Ayer town officials who have so graciously taken time out of their busy schedules to talk to me.

Town administrator Robert Pontbriand, DPW superintendent Mark Wetzel, director of economic development David Maher, and school committee members and activists Dan Gleason and Michele Granger need special mention for sharing their visions with me. I want to also thank Harry Zane and Chuck Miller for hosting two candidates' forums, and all of the people behind-the-scenes at Ayer Public Access Channel and the IT Committee for sharing the events with the people of Ayer.

Last, but not least, I want to thank State Rep. Robert Hargraves. Little did he know that when he invited me to be his legislative aide on Beacon Hill he would be kindling such a passion in me to serve in elective office. If it weren't for him, I wouldn't be asking for your vote on Tuesday.

It's impossible to list everyone who has helped me on this journey--so thank you one and all!

Finally, I always say that I am not running against anyone: I am running for office. In this vein I want to thank my worthy opponents (in alphabetical order), Mark Coulter, Jannice Livingston and Frank Maxant--this election has forged a special bond among us and no matter who wins, and no matter what our differences, we will be working together in the future to nourish the vitality of our town, and our community.

Don't forget to vote on Tuesday, April 30 -- and when you do, I hope you will consider choosing me as your next selectman.

After the polls close, I hope you will join me at the Ayer Billiards Café to socialize and await the results of this election.

JANE MORRISS

Ayer BOS Candidate