Let's invite our Selectmen into the 21st Century [Editorial]

Call to action:  selectman contact information

Our readers are voters - voters want direct access to selectmen

By Walter Brooks

CapeCodToday’s readers overwhelmingly support publication of individual selectmen’s email addresses and phone numbers on municipal websites according to a recent poll we conducted. You can still vote in that poll yourself on the right.

Should selectmen’s individual email and phone numbers be published on town websites?
     Vote in our Poll here.
Indeed, why wouldn’t an elected public servant want constituents to enjoy that kind of access?  Based on our recent search of the Cape’s municipal websites and the resulting story, apparently not many selectmen would agree.

As we like to say, “Readers Vote.  Voters Read.”

Not only did our poll show that readers want their selectmen to be more accessible, the emails we have received on that topic were 100% in favor of publishing direct contact information for all selectmen, Cape-wide.  One candidate for selectman in Orleans (John Hodgson) has already pledged to publish his email and phone number on the town website if he is elected.

Now it’s time for the rest of them to step up to the plate. 

If you would like to see your selectmen’s individual email address and telephone number published on your town’s municipal website, please send an email to the contact address listed below for your selectmen’s office.

We did not include Barnstable because that town already publishes emails and phone numbers for each member of the Town Council.

Your email need not be elaborate.  Something like this should suffice just fine – in fact, please feel free to copy and paste it into your email client:

I am a voter in our town.  After following recent stories on CapeCodToday.com, I respectfully request that individual email addresses and phone numbers for each of our selectmen be published on the town’s official website as soon as possible.

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