Letters Supporting Alisa!

The following letters in support of Alisa Klein’s candidacy were published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette in 2013 when she ran for her first term as the City Councilor for Ward 7.

Bill Dwight: Alisa Klein possesses ‘rare work ethic’
Jo Comerford: Alisa Klein is representative that Ward 7 deserves
Jeff Rosen: Alisa Klein would be ‘true voice’ for Ward 7
William Brown: Alisa Klein takes common sense approach to government
Jim Montgomery: Alisa Klein offers facts, not anecdotes
Emilie Woodward: Alisa Klein is voice Ward 7 needs in Northampton
Tricia Reidy, Greg White: Impressed by Klein
Jenifer McKenna: Klein’s approach as councilor would be ‘a breath of fresh air’
Maureen T. Carney: Alisa Klein brings skills that government needs
Lisa Baskin: Council candidate Alisa Klein up for challenges facing Northampton
Stan Pollack: Sees candidate Alisa Klein as most responsive for Ward 7
Marilyn Richards: Vote Klein for Ward 7 in Northampton
Bonnie Burnham: Klein’s experience and commitment impressive
Rabbi Kevin Hale & Ruth Ever: Ward 7 candidate Alisa Klein has integrity, collaborative spirit
Ann Shanahan: Klein the perfect fit in Ward 7
Linda Butler: Vote for Klein for city council

Bill Dwight: Alisa Klein possesses ‘rare work ethic’

I want to encourage voters in Ward 7 to consider Alisa Klein as their next city councilor.
I have known Alisa for almost 20 years. I have long admired her facility for analyzing conflicts and her commitment to working toward solutions. In this era of polarization and inflexibility Alisa possesses a rare work ethic that compels her to stay with complicated issues and broker consensus. She does not chose sides. She brings people with differing perspectives and agendas together to expand her understanding and their understanding of the points of conflict and then motivates people to negotiate with a sense of community. These are traits that will have great value to the residents of Ward 7 and the city at large.

Please give Alisa a look and I’m confident you will decide she is worthy of your vote on Tuesday.

City Councilor Bill Dwight
Northampton

Jo Comerford: Alisa Klein is representative that Ward 7 deserves

There are many reasons that I am thrilled with Alisa Klein’s candidacy for Northampton City Council. Let me offer three. (1) Alisa has the perfect mixture of vision and pragmatism. She will rise to any challenge and devise a solid and immediate response, while always keeping watch for longer-term, more systemic, and pro-active solutions. (2) Alisa is a tremendous communicator. She is thorough, clear, meticulous, and transparent. (3) Alisa is a bold and unyielding advocate. Ward 7 residents will get the representative they deserve, and the entire City Council will benefit from Alisa’s intellectual capacity coupled with her passion to serve Northampton.

These are complicated times and Northampton’s City Council needs savvy, proficient, forward-thinking members, able to mitigate risk and maximize opportunity. Alisa Klein will be a tremendous addition to an already stellar team. The entire city will benefit when she is elected. Please vote for Alisa Klein on Tuesday.

Jo Comerford

Jeff Rosen: Alisa Klein would be ‘true voice’ for Ward 7

I would like to encourage all of my friends and neighbors in Ward 7 to vote for Alisa Klein on Tuesday. I have known Alisa for many years and I know firsthand that she will serve the ward by offering us a practical view on day-to-day priorities.

At the same time, she will be working to build long term solutions, using a broad vision to address the roots of our problems. I know that Alisa will be a tireless advocate for the ward and the city, and she will be an extremely responsive councilor. Alisa is an excellent listener, and because she does more than tell people what they want to hear, she can help us broker solutions to challenging issues.

I know, as a parent of three kids in the public schools, that I want Alisa’s voice representing my kid’s interests, advocating for the highest level of education for all. I fully trust Alisa to be a true voice for our ward, helping us to maintain fiscal discipline, without unduly shortchanging our future.

Jeff Rosen
Leeds

William Brown: Alisa Klein takes common sense approach to government

The current election in Ward 7 presents a very clear choice for the citizens of Northampton who live in that ward between divisiveness, obstruction and short-term thinking (Gene Tacy); and forward-looking, problem-solving, consensus-based governing (Alisa Klein).

As we saw with the most recent debacle in Washington over the government shutdown, often blind opposition to maintaining those pieces of government that hold us together as a community can end up costing us much more than we could ever hope to save.

This is especially true locally in relation to education, where our system has paid dearly as a result of past override failures, and dodged a bullet in the most recent override vote. One example of this is Tacy’s call for cuts to the foreign language program to make up for the budget shortfall, while apparently failing to recognize that many colleges now require as many as three years of a foreign language in high school. It can also be seen in the steady creep upward of class sizes at the JHS and HS levels.

Klein, who is also running for City Council in Ward 7, has a more common sense approach to all issues in the ward, fiscal and otherwise. She recognizes the sometimes unreasonable demands that cuts in state and federal funding have placed on citizens of Northampton who are least able to afford them. She advocates problem-solving and creative collaboration to overcome these challenges without blindly sacrificing those things which make us a community.

William Brown
Florence

Jim Montgomery: Alisa Klein offers facts, not anecdotes

The debate between the Ward 7 candidates for City Council demonstrated their clear differences in outlook and understanding of the issues facing the city. While both agreed that keeping Northampton affordable is critical and all residents should have their voices heard, Alisa Klein is the one worthy of our trust and our votes.

Alisa would seek long-term solutions to fiscal shortfalls through collaborative efforts to get more state and federal dollars back, to regionalize services and to actively pursue solar energy and other sustainable initiatives. Stormwater maintenance is a complicated and expensive problem that should probably not be dealt with by the temporary half-measures Gene Tacy proposed. Continuing to kick that can down the road seems fiscally irresponsible.

While both candidates opposed closing an elementary school, Tacy argued for meeting the needs of elementary school students by slashing critical math and language classes at NHS. Regarding Smith Voke, he acknowledged that we have to be “realistic” and reduce administrative costs but declared this “cannot affect the students.” How is it reasonable to privilege the needs of some students over others? Or one high school over the other?

As a city councilor, Alisa would use her strategic planning and policy analysis skills to find sensible solutions. She would research issues thoroughly and discuss them using facts, not anecdotes. She would use her mediation skills to reconcile differences, not provoke them. She would listen to and effectively represent all residents of Ward 7, and do it with integrity and compassion.

Jim Montgomery
Leeds

Emilie Woodward: Alisa Klein is voice Ward 7 needs in Northampton

I walked into the Ward 7 city councilor debate assuming my conviction to vote for Alisa Klein couldn’t get stronger. Alisa possesses the skills, strengths, ethics and vision to do an excellent job. The debate underscored my decision: we need Alisa as our city councilor.

Alisa is believable, thoughtful, smart, a careful listener and creative thinker.

Her natural response to problems is to work collaboratively to identify solutions. We will benefit from Alisa’s years of experience as a mediator, small business owner and policy analyst. Her plan to hold office hours and lead quarterly ward meetings will serve us well. Alisa recognizes the diverse needs of the Ward 7 community, her home of 14 years. She has met with numerous constituents and public service officials and has done her homework. She is prepared to tackle the issues: roads, taxes, environmental sustainability, affordable housing, supporting our schools, going to the Statehouse to address Northampton’s fiscal problems. She has studied the budget and is ready to seek new revenue streams. She wishes to decrease “Hamp vs. Noho” thinking and bring residents together.

Klein is a woman of integrity, sincere and committed to improving the quality of life in her beloved community. She is the voice and vision Ward 7 needs. We are fortunate to have her candidacy. Please join me and vote Tuesday for Alisa Klein.

Emilie Woodward
Leeds

Tricia Reidy, Greg White: Impressed by Klein

We are writing in support of Alisa Klein for Northampton City Council from Ward 7. We have seen first hand how she has worked on this campaign — the same way she will serve as a councilor — by becoming educated about the issues, knocking on doors and discovering what the concerns of residents really are. Her ideas are clear and specific for Leeds and Florence: support the business and arts communities, extend the bike path to Williamsburg and make the roads in our ward safer. These are just a few of the many goals she is committed to working toward, both for Ward 7 and Northampton as a whole.

We encourage you to seek out information about Alisa by visiting her website. We are confident that when you know more about her, as we do, she will win your vote.

Tricia Reidy, Greg White
Leeds

Jenifer McKenna: Klein’s approach as councilor would be ‘a breath of fresh air’

I urge my Ward 7 neighbors to elect Alisa Klein as our next city councilor.

I have lived in Leeds for many years. Alisa is the first council candidate to reach out in my neighborhood. She is truly interested in learning about all who live in our ward: homeowners and renters; workers, business owners and retired residents; natives born here and people who have chosen to make Ward 7 their home.

Alisa is both a big-picture thinker and a problem-solver. She is interested in nuts-and-bolts concerns and in developing untapped resources to enrich our ward. She has a wealth of professional expertise to bring to this role, including as a policy analyst and small business owner. And she will bring well-honed skills in mediation and conflict resolution to represent us as a thoughtful leader and consensus builder.

Alisa is committed to both community-building in our ward and to making Ward 7 priorities integral to the citywide agenda. As our councilor, she would host quarterly meetings in various regions of the ward to keep us abreast of issues she must consider, solicit our input, learn about emerging concerns and engage residents in creative thinking to address ward and citywide issues. Her inclusive approach to representing Ward 7 would be a breath of fresh air, and do much to strengthen connections among ward residents and increase transparency in local government.

Jenifer McKenna
Leeds

Maureen T. Carney: Alisa Klein brings skills that government needs

Voters in Ward 7 have a great opportunity to elect a highly qualified and committed candidate to the Northampton City Council: Alisa Klein. With a long and varied career as a professional consultant and community activist, Alisa brings a wealth of skills that will be extremely valuable to our city government: mediation, education, policy analysis, social justice advocacy and much more.

Alisa is a team-builder, fostering successful partnerships among diverse groups and bridging divides. She is a citizen dedicated to her community, volunteering on the Leeds Civic Association and active in local issues including activities in Florence and Leeds.

Alisa will listen to all of the residents of Ward 7 and represent their needs diligently in City Council. She will fight for smart budgeting and to ensure that her neighbors in Leeds and Florence can stay in their homes and continue to make Ward 7 a flourishing part of Northampton. I am happy to support her candidacy.

Maureen T. Carney
Northampton

Lisa Baskin: Council candidate Alisa Klein up for challenges facing Northampton

As a resident of Leeds, in Ward 7, I am delighted to support Alisa Klein for Northampton City Council.

I feel fortunate to have a choice in the Nov. 5 election and to have the opportunity to vote for a candidate who is thoughtful, smart, responsive and cares deeply about our entire community.

A small business owner, Alisa will bring a considered, informed and measured response to the overwhelming challenges facing Northampton in this time of budgetary uncertainty and diminishing funds from state and federal government. She knows how to use her energy in a constructive and positive way: to enrich our schools and sustain them, to make access to housing a priority, to support the economic interests of Florence for the future, helping to develop alternative businesses and connect in new ways to the Northampton arts programs. Alisa is committed to sustainability and protecting our natural environment..

A trained mediator and public policy analyst, Alisa is a listener with excellent judgement; she will hear the concerns of and be responsive to the needs of all her constituents.

Alisa will work hard for the benefit of the residents in Florence, Leeds and Northampton.

Join me. Participate. Vote for Alisa Klein to represent Ward 7.

Lisa Baskin
Leeds

Stan Pollack: Sees candidate Alisa Klein as most responsive for Ward 7

I strongly believe that Alisa Klein will be the best choice for Ward 7 Northampton city councilor.

She will listen to and respond to the concerns of all of the residents in Ward 7 and actually return phone calls and emails.

Stan Pollack
Florence

Marilyn Richards: Vote Klein for Ward 7 in Northampton

We have a great opportunity in Ward 7 to elect the kind of councilor that we all deserve. Alisa Klein is a person who would work diligently for all people in her ward, whether new or longtime Ward 7 residents.

Alisa is an activist, and a professional committed to social justice, community building, and positive social change. She practices as a private consultant in public policy and advocacy, program management, strategic planning and organizational development. She has expertise in international policy, human rights, gender equality and peace building. With such a strong background, Alisa has the proven skills to communicate, analyze and work diligently for her constituents.

After graduation from Smith College she spent time working in the Middle East and California, returning to the Valley that she loves in 2000. Since that time, she has been active in local issues including activities in Florence and Leeds.

I feel Alisa is the best candidate to represent our ward as she will bring her mediation, global perspective and love for her community to the council and to the city of Northampton.

Marilyn Richards
Florence

Bonnie Burnham: Klein’s experience and commitment impressive

I’ve been walking through our Northampton neighborhood knocking on doors with Alisa Klein, candidate for Ward 7 City Council. As we have gotten to know one another, I have come to admire and appreciate her warm and caring nature. She and I have many common interests: We both volunteer in the community and support the arts, local businesses, open space and recreation. I have seen, firsthand, her genuine interest in the people she meets, the city of Northampton, and the villages of Florence and Leeds.

Alisa’s work in community resources and outreach with the Stavros Center and the Visiting Nurses Association shows she understands and cares about underserved and vulnerable populations. I believe with her experience and commitment she will appropriately represent the diverse population that Ward 7 has become. She will honor the history that is important to Florence and Leeds and build on this foundation to seek solutions for the future. With Alisa representing Ward 7, we will be engaged in the greater arena of Northampton and at City Council meetings in a more meaningful way than we have been in the past.

Bonnie Burnham
Florence

Rabbi Kevin Hale, Ruth Ever: Ward 7 candidate Alisa Klein has integrity, collaborative spirit

We encourage Ward 7 voters to choose Alisa Klein as our new city councilor. Alisa cares about our neighborhoods; she cares about keeping our education system strong (which helps keep the city strong) and keeping us moving into the 21st century with sustainable planning.

As her neighbors for the past 10 years, we have seen firsthand Alisa’s deep integrity, collaborative spirit and her ability to ask hard questions while looking for real solutions.

Having worked to help support her family from a young age, and now being a small business owner, Alisa brings perspective, compassion and understanding about the importance of keeping the city affordable for all.

Don’t forget to vote Nov. 5!

Rabbi Kevin Hale, Ruth Ever
Leeds

Ann Shanahan: Klein the perfect fit in Ward 7

Alisa Klein, who is running for City Council in Ward 7, has deep roots in Northampton and specifically in Leeds. Although like many of us she lived and worked elsewhere before returning here to settle down, Alisa made a decision to return to Leeds in 2000. An alumna of Smith College, who also had worked in the Valley for several years before going to graduate school in California and working for two years in the Middle East, Alisa was committed to returning to Northampton.

Once here, she established a consulting practice in public policy analysis and advocacy, strategic planning and organizational development — all specialties that seem as though they might well be helpful to our City Council. She’s a perfect fit.

Ann Shanahan
Leeds

Linda Butler: Vote for Klein for city council

Alisa Klein is an outstanding candidate to represent Ward 7 on the Northampton City Council. Alisa has what it takes to function effectively as a city councilor.

After getting to know her through her work for the Leeds Civic Association, I know Alisa has a good head for dealing with the complex problems we face as a community. She can be relied on to take a mature, thoughtful, even-handed approach to researching the issues, listening to constituents, working with other city officials, and making decisions. Both her personal and professional backgrounds make Alisa exceptionally well-qualified for the role of city councilor. First, she is ready, willing, and able to serve all the residents of Ward 7. Our ward is home to people with a range of income levels, and we all need a city councilor who can understand our concerns.

Alisa can. She is both a successful small business owner and someone who weathered economic hardships growing up. Second, the choices she has made in her career, and the volunteer work she has done in the community, show she has the compassion for others that every public servant should have. Finally, the skills she has developed in her work — work that includes public policy analysis, mediation and advising nonprofits on how to create, manage and deliver programs — are terrific skills for a city councilor. Alisa will be a strong, sensible voice for Ward 7, and I urge Ward 7 voters to support her on election day.

Linda Butler
Leeds