“We’ve lived in Amherst for over 36 years and while we will be leaving to live in Northampton soon (for family reasons), we will still be here regularly and will maintain an active interest in and deep caring for our town. We believe, as we know you do, that Amherst is at a crucial turning point. With residents of Amherst having a less direct voice in governance we are all thinking carefully about who will represent us on Town Council – who will listen to us, take our concerns seriously, and who will try to do what is best for all of us, particularly people whose voices are not represented in the circles of power in Amherst.
We think this will take people of tremendous integrity, strength, honesty, and intelligence; people willing to patiently listen to many points of view and with the ability to build bridges and reconcile differences in beliefs, opinions and experiences. We need a representative who supports and lives the values of inclusion, compassion and collaboration. We need a person who is willing to provide leadership for addressing our most difficult issues- the future of our school system, issues of injustice and inequality, and the impact of climate change and to find ways to bring people together to address these issues at the local level.
That’s why we’re asking you to vote for Pat De Angelis as one of the two representatives from District 2”
— Susan and Renee Theberge
“Pat is one of the most honest, truth seeking, passionate people we know. She is willing to take a stand for what she believes is right and is always ready and willing to listen to others’ viewpoints. She is someone who is not afraid to ask the questions that need to be asked! When we moved to Amherst over 12 years ago, we immediately recognized that Pat was someone we could count on to show up and help out even when it wasn’t the ‘easy‘ thing to do.”
– Annie Patterson & Peter Blood, Amherst District 2 residents and creators of the songbooks Rise Up Singing and Rise Again
“I feel so lucky that Pat is running for our new Town Council. This is a woman of incredible grit, humor, and wisdom, with a deep belief in justice for all. Pat is someone I trust wholeheartedly. She is a wonderful listener and insightful thinker, and I imagine her as our rock in the new Council. Pat places herself firmly on the side of the marginalized, recognizing and confronting unbalanced power and privilege with grace and love. Amherst will be more fully Amherst, with all voices heard and respected, if Pat is our representative.”
— Margaret Sawyer, Amherst resident
“I support Pat De Angelis for our new Town Council. Pat is a person of integrity and vision, with a deep commitment to social justice. She understands that we have important decisions to make at the local level with regard to climate change, in addition to the other big issues confronting our new Council. I trust Pat’s judgment, openness to multiple points of view, and constructive problem-solving talents. Our entire town will benefit from having Pat on the Council.”
— Russ Vernon-Jones, Amherst resident District 4
“Admittedly, I can be quite ambivalent about politics. I could never, however, be ambivalent about my deep respect and admiration for Pat DeAngelis. For the past several months I have shared many hours with Pat in providing sanctuary accompaniment for Lucio Perez at First Church Amherst. Simply by observing Pat engage with people from all walks of life, including folks with differing political viewpoints and diverse life experiences, I have learned so much. The importance of deep listening, authentic inclusion, grassroots justice, empathy and love. I have also learned how skilled Pat is in problem-solving, responsive to the concerns and needs of others, practical and mature in her ability to change her mind when reasonable. Honestly, I don’t know what Pat thinks about every challenge and issue facing our town. What I do know, however, is that Pat will inclusively listen to all those voices who care enough about Amherst to speak up, and she will make informed decisions with the best interests of our community and future generations in mind. I may not agree with her on every issues, but I share — and try to live — the very same principles and values that guide Pat DeAngelis every day. Hmmm . . maybe I’m not so ambivalent after all!”
— Glen Bertrand Amherst Resident District 5