As most of you know, I'm an elected Library Trustee in the town of Brookline, Massachusetts. I'm nearing the end of my second term, and in the past six years, I've done a lot to support and promote the Public Library of Brookline.
This year, I'm up for reelection, and it turns out that we have a contested race. The Board of Library Trustees is made up of 12 members, and each year four positions are up for a three-year term. There are five candidates running this year, three incumbents and two challengers, which means that I'm in a real race.
I've set up a campaign committee, Burstein for Brookline, to run my campaign for re-election. Our website is at http://www.bursteinforbrookline.com. We've got a few pages up there, including my letter to the citizens of Brookline in which I outline all my accomplishments as a Library Trustee these past six years. We've also got a list of early endorsers, and we'll be adding more endorsers to the list as the campaign moves forward.
If you live in Brookline, I'm asking for your vote and support. If you're so inclined, I'd also ask for your endorsement and any volunteer work that you'd be able to provide. If you go to the website, you'll find a page with a form you can fill out indicating what sort of volunteer work you'd be able to do.
Whether or not you live in Brookline, you could still offer to volunteer; there are plenty of jobs you can do, such as making phone calls, that don't require you to live in Brookline. If you're looking for experience working on a political campaign, this is your chance.
I'm also asking if you might be willing to make a campaign contribution. I know times are tough, but it is precisely in times like these that libraries are vital to the community. We need strong advocates like myself fighting for our libraries. Even if you live far from Brookline, you might still benefit from our library. Those of you on the Minuteman Library Network have probably borrowed a book or DVD purchased by the Public Library of Brookline. If you're a writer, it is very well possible that I pushed to have one of your books added to our collection.
If you do choose to contribute to my campaign, I'd prefer if you mailed a check, as the vendor takes a cut of all credit card contributions; but if it's easier for you, by all means send a contribution by credit card.
And don't forget to vote on May 4!
Burstein for Brookline