Letter: CCA’s only “Special Interest” is Charlestown

The following letter appeared in local newspapers and is reprinted here with permission of the author Cliff Vanover. Cliff Vanover is a member of the Charlestown Zoning Board and a Steering Committee Member of CCA.


Recent comments at political party websites this election season have described the Charlestown Citizens Alliance as a special interest organization and stated that this is somehow a despicable thing. The commentators don’t define what the alliance’s interests are except to say that they are against them.

The only “interest” that the alliance has is to protect Charlestown’s natural resources and low tax rate, to promote honest and transparent government, and to prevent unregulated development. Charlestown is indeed a very special place and it deserves our special interest.

Independent Charlestown Town Council candidates Steve Williams, Bonnie Van Slyke, Denise Rhodes, Virginia Lee, and Julie Carroccia share this same interest in Charlestown.

Any voter who has a “special” interest in the protection of our beautiful town should mark their November 8 ballots with these names.

To learn more about these independent candidates or Charlestown Citizens Alliance, visit our website at charlestowncitizens.org and/or like us on Facebook at facebook.com/CharlestownCitizens.

Cliff Vanover