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A Rare Person

I am writing to wholeheartedly endorse Ron Reed for the Sag Harbor School Board.

I have known Ron since our sons started kindergarten together two years ago. I have been so impressed by Ron’s commitment to the community and tireless work both on the school district’s Facilities Committee and as an alternate member of the Sag Harbor Village Planning Board. Both Ron and his wife, Patricia, the owner and founder of the Main Street store Matriark, already have made such positive contributions to life in Sag Harbor.

Ron’s architectural career, with a focus on large-scale public projects for the public good, certainly has fine-tuned his long-term perspective on the impacts that decisions big and small have. He has an understanding of the importance of collaboration and inclusion of all concerned parties in the processes, and a firm grasp on the management needed to turn good ideas into great realities for all involved.

As we face new challenges returning to school with the impact of coronavirus, I think this makes it imperative to have real-life experience in handling complex projects with far-reaching consequences.

Ron is also an extremely talented artist, most recently showing at the Parrish Art Museum as part of the Artists Choose Artists 2019 Show. His work contemplates many of the challenges we collectively face in today’s society and highlights his unique creative underpinnings.

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who embodies both complex logical thinking and unconstrained magical creativity, but it is abundantly clear that Ron is that rare person.

My husband and I were drawn to Sag Harbor for its quality of life, great schools, and diversity of beliefs, ideas, and people. We purposefully moved when the kids were small so that they could grow up in the environment Sag Harbor provides.

Ron Reed is offering himself to help bolster our fantastic community, working for inclusion for all, and I enthusiastically encourage everyone to vote him in.

Grainne Coen

Sag Harbor

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