Tristan Israel faces two challengers in race to keep selectman's seat
Two candidates, each stressing a need for change in town politics, seek to oust Tristan Israel from his seat on the board of selectmen during Tisbury town elections on Tuesday, April 27.
Constance Teixeira, a retiree who serves on numerous boards, said voters should choose her because she has an open mind and will give a voice to the elderly and Tisbury residents with disabilities. Jamie Douglas, the manager of the Black Dog’s Coastwise marina and captain of the schooner Alabama, said he will bring a young and businesslike perspective to town politics.
Incumbent Tristan Israel said he is proud of his record as selectman and will continue to serve the town with passion and creativity.
Polls will be open Tuesday from noon until 8 pm at the American Legion Post on Martin Road across from the Tisbury School.
Connie Teixeira — a retired airline customer service representative from Washington, D.C. — has made a career of serving on various Island and town boards since moving to Tisbury in 2000. Ms. Teixeira is the leader of the Vineyard MS support group, a member of the Tisbury Senior Center board, a member of the Nathan Mayhew Seminars board and a member of the NAACP. She also serves with Universal Island Access and was recently elected as a delegate to the state Democratic convention.
Ms. Teixeira said she decided to run for selectman because she believes she can bring necessary change in Tisbury.
“Working with Universal Island Access, I saw a need for a change of voice, for someone who will speak for people with disabilities, because I do have M.S., and for the elderly. I just felt like my voice could make a change in some small way,” she told a Times reporter in a telephone interview Monday.
Although she supported the purchase of a new and enormous $800,000 ladder truck for the town fire department — which voters approved at Tisbury’s annual town meeting earlier this month — Ms. Teixeira said that she would like to see Tisbury researching ways to share resources with other Island towns. (The decision to buy the new ladder must be endorsed by voters who face an override request on the town election ballot.)
“Eventually, I would like to see us planning toward the possibility of regionalization,” she said, citing emergency services and the schools as logical places to begin that planning. “We are going to have to start thinking universally about the Island, a plan where we are not taxed to death here.”
Ms. Teixeira also pointed to development in downtown Tisbury as a possible way to ease the burden on the town’s taxpayers. “What I would like is to have a joint venture between town and business people and the community to see how we can… incorporate a package that is really going to sell to people visiting this Island, to really help our economic development.”