I am Jim Seif and I write to ask your support for my candidacy and for other independent “non-Slate” candidates for the CHCA Board.
I am Jim Seif and I write to ask your support for my candidacy and for other independent “non-Slate” candidates for the CHCA Board. I am a retired lawyer who spent my entire career in environmental law and advocacy, in both the public and private sectors, including serving as the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection in Pennsylvania and as the EPA Regional Administrator.
I moved to Chestnut Hill last year and seek a CHCA Board seat as an independent candidate with experience and fresh ideas that could benefit the community. I believe the other independent “non-Slate” candidates, have the same perspective. None of us coordinated our candidacies beforehand, and none of us expected this to be a contested election or to face a “Slate.”
The “Slate“ candidates have circulated their bios and platform to you, and given the short time left to vote (up to 5 PM on July 22, 2021,) I volunteered to raise some questions and give you some reasons to consider independent “non-Slate” candidates.
At the outset, I want to say that to my knowledge none of the “non-Slate” candidates have any objection to the qualifications of the “Slate” members or their platform. That Platform, though well-written, simply restates many of our Association's principles, and is not objectionable.
I believe that the current Board of CHCA has worked hard in all our best interests. I understand they intend to do a strategic planning process to better integrate the activities of all many fine groups working in Chestnut Hill. I think we need to do these tasks in a transparent way that is not dominated by any “Slate.”