Members of Warren Select Board stand for re-election


Bob Ackland and Devin Klein Corrigan are seeking re-election to the Warren Select Board for a two-year term, while Camilla Behn and Andy Cunningham are seeking re-election for a three-year term. The seat of Luke Youmell, member of the board of directors, is not eligible for re-election on this day of the municipal meeting.

VR: Please provide a brief biography of your professional/educational background.

Bob Ackland: Graduated with a BA in Commerce with a major in Finance from Nichols College. I started my college experience in Norwich by coming to The Valley in the early 60’s.

My career started at IBM as a financial analyst/controller. Leaving to go into a small business in the yacht repair business, I eventually bought Falmouth Marine, which I sold in 1991. I moved on to my other passion, skiing, and joined Sugarbush in 1995, I became financial director, then general manager at Mad River Glen and later president of Érablière. I retired from Sugarbush in 2009. I am now the managing partner of Steep Management, which markets a software system for mountain operations

Camilla Behn smCamille Behn: I was born and raised in The Valley and currently live in Warren with my husband, Chris.

Devin Klein Corrigan smDevin KleinCorrigan: I am a permanent resident of Warren. I attended UVM Honors College where I graduated with great distinction with an MA in European History and a double minor in German and Holocaust Studies. After graduating in the recession of 2008, I spent my time traveling and working as a private investigator, bartender and in retail. Upon my return from LA to Vermont, I was hired into a crew of standing seam roofers by my husband, Taylor Corrigan, with whom I own and operate our construction company, Corrigan & Klein Artisan Builders. Through this company, I express my passion for economic and environmental sustainability.

Andrew Cunningham smAndy Cunningham: I’ve been a resident of Warren for 25 years and a board member for 14, chair for the last 12. I own and run a property management company with my wife Jane.

VR: Why should the residents of Warren re-elect you to the board?

Acland: My tenure as a member of the Board of Directors has been to bring clarity and sound financial planning to the Town of Warren. I have been a champion of the quality of our roads and our road infrastructure. I’m not afraid to tackle tough issues that need to be resolved for the betterment of the city. As I’ve grown in this role, I’ve learned to put personalities aside and look at the issue for the greater good of the city.

Well: I’m not sure I’m the right person for the job, quite honestly, but I’m ready to keep trying my best. My three years on the board have opened my eyes to the amount of hard work and dedication it takes to keep Warren running day-to-day. We are incredibly fortunate to have excellent and deeply committed people leading all departments of the city and yet the members of the Board of Directors are always busy most days. I would have been happy to see someone throw their hat in the ring and do the job better than me.

Corrigan: I love this city, this valley and our way of life. After being appointed to council last spring, I have found my perspective and energy useful and appreciated by citizens and council. I care deeply about this community and will work diligently to guide us through this new phase of development with rising housing costs, increased immigration to our city and the need to continue working towards environmental sustainability. . I am committed to finding solutions to these issues that honor all perspectives and seek to achieve common goals through research, public input, and difficult conversations.

Cunningham: I believe I have done a very good job for the town of Warren and I am willing and ready to continue.

VR: What qualities or experience do you think are important for effective board members, particularly at Warren? How does your personality, background and experience qualify you for this role?

Ackland: My perspective on the requirements changed during my tenure on the board. It’s important to listen, acknowledge what you don’t know, and be prepared to say you made a mistake. When I first started on the board, my experience leading small businesses was what I thought was most important. It still has value, but I realized that Warren is an eclectic group of people; there are many different opinions. The challenge is how to represent most opinions or desires… [It] is a volunteer position, when you make the decision to serve, you do so without setting limits on what it takes to do the job you have agreed to do.

Well: The ability to listen well, the openness to change your mind, remembering that you are in this role to meet the needs of the entire Warren community and not for your own ego, agenda or advancement – this are some of the qualities that I believe a good civic leader should possess. The best person for the job is someone who has these qualities and also has the time to dedicate to the work that needs to be done, not just day-to-day transactions, but also forward thinking and research.

Corrigan: To be effective in government, one must be willing to argue without anger or fear, compromise with those around him, represent the will of others, and believe in the power of community spirit. Our political system in this state allows for true representative democracy at a level that is difficult to achieve nationally. It is our job to steer our city in the direction we, as a community, want it to go. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to engage in political discourse, starting with one opinion and ending with another. It is through this process that we arrive at results that serve the greater good. Personally, I engage in this process daily as a lead designer and project manager for my company, working with clients to find the best way forward financially, aesthetically and functionally. I intend to continue to bring this approach to city government.

Cunningham: No answer

VR: What are your top priorities as a board member if re-elected? What current or upcoming issues facing Warren are most important to you?

Acland: I have two priorities. Most importantly, Warren works with Fayston and Waitsfield to solve The Valley’s housing problem. Without addressing this, the character of Warren and other towns will change and life as we know it and love will be different. The second priority is to move the existing municipal garage out of Warren Village. The existing site is a perfect site to develop housing. The existing garage needs to be upgraded and the site needs to be treated for water quality, and a city garage has no place in the middle of a residential area next to a school.

Well: All communities in Vermont face a serious challenge in finding ways to adapt to changes in our world beyond our control, while trying to retain the most important attributes of who we have been. Climate change, economic disparities, pandemic: here is a very short list of the forces that shape us and force us to react to their influences. In my opinion, we must first accept that change is inevitable and then find how to allow this change while carrying over from the past what is most essential to our well-being.

Corrigan: Our top priorities revolve around using ARPA funds in ways that are sustainable and beneficial to our community, including, but not limited to, traffic calming and pedestrian safety, wastewater initiatives and to rainwater, the use of renewable energies and the protection against weathering of older buildings. We continue to develop systems to manage our municipal administration and employees in ways that provide meaningful careers and appropriate oversight, as well as discuss, design and participate in the relocation and construction of a new municipal garage and the issue of affordable housing, which we are addressing through our new land use and development regulations in coordination with the housing coalition.

Cunningham: Our priorities at Warren for the near future involve managing our valued employees, building critical municipal infrastructure, spending local and federal taxes wisely, and promoting public safety.

VR: What makes Warren a great place to live?

Acland: Warren is part of a beautiful valley marvelously identified by its geography. The beauty of the valley has brought many interesting and different people to live in Warren. These people are the reason this is such a wonderful place to live.

Well: The attributes are too many to count, but top of the list for me would be: natural beauty, independent-minded people, a size that allows anyone, including me, to have a voice and to vote when it comes to the future of our house.

Corrigan: Warren is a place of community, representing an ideal way of life, which values ​​our citizens, our environment, access to education, recreation and the arts. At Warren, friendships span generations, children are valued members of the community, and art lives and breathes in everything we do, from traffic calming to parades and music in the streets. We are blessed to be surrounded by pristine wilderness, clean rivers, starry nights and a vibrant community filled with farmers, traders, professionals, artists and more. Now we must work to maintain this reality through the pressures of climate change, immigration, wage differentials and inflation.

Cunningham: Warren, VT is the heart of the valley.


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