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Selectman Kerry Scott faces challenger
Oak Bluffs voters go to the polls next month to elect town officers. Among the races voters will be asked to decide is a two-way race for one seat on the board of selectman.
Kerry Scott. Photos by Ralph Stewart
Following are the questions and responses.
1. Why do you think you are the best candidate for selectman?
Kerry Scott: I have demonstrated my strong and lasting commitment to Oak Bluffs and the people who live here.
2. If elected, what will be your priorities for Oak Bluffs?
Mr. Starks: The top priority is to inform the taxpayer and give them the truth about what is happening. Our leaders are supposed to work for the town of Oak Bluffs, the town of Oak Bluffs is not supposed to work for our leaders. It's about representing the people.
Ms. Scott: My single greatest priority is restoring public confidence. I will continue to 'shine the light' on Oak Bluffs, proudly pointing to the things we do best and working on those areas that could use some improvement.
McKinley "Mac" Starks.
3. Concerning employment contracts, how might the situation be handled better in the future? What can you as selectman do to make sure things are done differently?
Mr. Starks: We have a situation in town now that never should have gotten into the newspaper, because we have a system of doing things. When there is a problem such as the contract situation in town, that's an internal thing. That should have gone to the board of selectmen; from the board of selectmen it should have gone to the personnel division. That's what the personnel committee does, they deal with these things.
Ms. Scott: Going forward, we need to foster a climate of transparency and trust. Most of the "heavy lifting" is behind us now, so we can all feel hopeful about the future of Oak Bluffs. We must honor our obligations to our taxpayers and voters. It really is that basic.