McBeth, Ramsey have right perspective

Voters in Williamsburg face an important City Council election on May 3. Two of the longest serving members are retiring. In replacing them, we should weigh carefully the qualifications of those offering to fill their seats.

Elaine McBeth and Barbara Ramsey stand out as two candidates with diverse and in-depth involvement with issues and policy matters that would enable them to serve well all the members of our community. Each woman has been an employed, long-term inhabitant in town, but they also have lived and worked elsewhere, giving them a comparative vantage point from which to consider plans for Williamsburg's present and future.

With an advanced degree in economics from...