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My name is Irene Lane and I am asking for your vote to be a member of our Town Council. Together with my husband, teen son, and hound dog, our family moved to Aspen Street three years ago because we were attracted to the Town’s amenities, community activities, and civic engagement. Since then, serving as a Town volunteer has led to gratifying work, meaningful friendships, and a deepened commitment to this unique community. It is in that spirit of community and cooperation that I am running. Over the years, I have been fortunate to have both public and private sector experience, which has helped to formulate my outlook about issues and their potential solutions. I first became involved with public service while at Boston University where I worked for Governor Bruce Sundlun (RI) on an elderly care facility improvement study. Then, I worked as a research assistant during a national election in the UK before moving on to work as a constituent aide to Senator John Kerry. I have lived in Washington for almost twenty years combined since obtaining my M.B.A. in International Finance from American University. Since then, I’ve honed my business consulting and software development skills in positions with KPMG here in DC and at eBay in California. After our son was born, I became a writer for various online media outlets before founding my own social enterprise start-up, Greenloons. As a small business owner for the last decade, I understand what it means to balance a budget, shepherd the right resources, and move things forward. I’m proud of what we’ve achieved on the Climate & Environment Committee in my time as chair, including organizing the first-ever Green Town Fair and working to plan and bring to fruition the Lee Dennison Garden, which has been planted and installed at the south end of Zimmerman Park. Throughout this engagement, I’ve gained valuable insight and knowledge about the importance of the Town’s committees and volunteers as well as the issues residents care about -- including addressing cut-through traffic, expanding multipurpose green space, and improving the Town’s communication methods. I believe in and will work hard to find community-based solutions and gain consensus. If elected, I am committed to listening, working hard, and making transparent decisions on the many issues brought before the Town Council. During this unprecedented hour where health, financial, and family pressures may feel overwhelming, I very much appreciate your taking the time to read this note. I would greatly appreciate your support and invite you to visit www.irenelane.info and reach out to email@example.com or 202.758.4584 with any questions or suggestions. Thank you,Irene