Recent published exchanges between political factions in Charlestown embrace the sentiment that the town council should appoint “the best qualified candidates” for boards and commissions without consideration of political affiliation. The reality is that there are no defined qualifications necessary to fill vacancies on any of our boards and commissions. Applicants need only to be willing to serve.
Political affiliation is another matter. It would defy the electorate to make politically incompatible appointments. The best qualified candidate is the candidate whose shared values got the appointing councilor elected.