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I've been on the Board of Selectmen for Columbia since 2003. Our board works in a bipartisan manner with a goal of ensuring that town services are appropriate and efficient. We work well together, regardless of party, and if you came to one of our meetings you would not be able to tell who was of which party. This is how governing is supposed to work. State Senate candidate Christopher Coutu apparently feels differently.
He not only refuses to work with those he disagrees with, he refuses to even speak with them, according to town officials in Sprague.
He has brought this attitude of "his way or no way" to the House of Representatives where he was the sole dissenting vote in a bipartisan bill that was designed to create jobs. His words and actions are indicative of an extreme agenda.
He introduced a bill in the legislature drastically cutting state funding for education, which would force towns to slash their education budgets or raise property taxes.
In her role as first selectwoman in Sprague, Cathy Osten has shown an ability and desire to work across party lines. She is a proven advocate for her constituents.
Vote for Cathy Osten for state Senate.