Editor's Note: This article was written by Sarah Sciortino, a student at the University of Vermont and a reporter for the Community News Service, a student powered partnership with local community newspapers.
Kumulia "Kase" Long — former state senate candidate, intelligence analyst with the U.S. Military and retail store assistant manager — has a vast array of experiences that have led to his run for both the Milton selectboard and school board, he said in a recent interview.
Long is running for the one-year seat on the selectboard. John Fitzgerald, Lisa Rees and Darren Adams are also running for the one-year seat.
Why are you running for the Milton selectboard?
“I ran for the Senate last year and while I have two years to plan the next campaign, in the meantime, I want to make sure that I am fully contributing what I can to my community,” Long said.
What past experience makes you the right fit for the job?
Long studied social sciences in college, but feels like his life experience and perspectives will bring something new and diverse to the table, he said.
“It’s the culmination of all of my experience from working in Burlington doing manufacturing, working in customer service, to being an assistant store manager for a large chain store,” Long said.
Coupled with military experience, Long said these experiences have prepared him well for a leadership role.
Why are you also running for the school board?
Long hopes his involvement will bring tangible change to the community, by “bringing fresh ideas or helping to evaluate and analyze risk assessments.”
What issues or projects do you hope the board will take on this year?
Long noted that developing stores and a downtown area would make Milton attractive to outsiders, which would help Milton grow and thrive.
“We’ve got plenty of space here to develop and really grow into something that resembles an Essex downtown,” Long said.
Long wants to see more community involvement in the issues the selectboard takes on next year, due to a “consistent disconnect between elected officials and the people which they serve.”