Election 2019 Letters to the Editor–Sept. 27, 2019
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Democrat for Lynne Vanderslice
To the Editor:
I am a Democrat voting for Lynne Vanderslice because she has been an outstanding First Selectwoman and I believe Wilton will thrive under her continued leadership. No other candidate can match her judgment, knowledge, pragmatism and accomplishments. In addition Lynne is active on issues that matter to Wilton Democrats.
Lynne has spent half of her adult life fighting racism and inequity through A Better Chance, her Danbury program for low and moderate-income minority and immigrant children, and her mentoring and educational sponsorship of low-income students. As First Selectwoman, Lynne spoke out on racism and anti-Semitism and led the Board of Selectmen in adopting the Civility, Respect and Understanding Proclamation.
Lynne has been a champion on climate change and environmental issues. Under Lynne’s leadership, the town is on track for 70% renewable energy sources by 2021, defeated Aquarion’s water diversion plan and abandoned crumb rubber turf for the environmentally friendly coconut husk infill turf, which is cooler and safer for our children.
She actively fought school regionalization, meeting several times with the Governor. She was successful in his calling for the withdrawal of his proposal to force Wilton to share a superintendent.
Lynne has maintained the town’s budget, changed work processes allowing for reductions in town staff, while prioritizing spending in areas like road paving.
Vote for the best interest of Wilton. Join me in re-electing Lynne Vanderslice.
Can’t Imagine a Better BOS Candidate than Maher
To the Editor:
It is hard to imagine a better candidate for Board of Selectmen than Ceci Maher. As the former executive director of a major non profit, Ceci possesses both the management expertise and the compassion to see our community as it really is and work to improve it in a fiscally responsible way. Ceci has devoted much of her life to serving our community in multiple capacities and in meaningful ways. She would be a great addition to the Board of Selectman.
Kaelin has More Than Two Decades of Civic Leadership
To the Editor:
Wilton’s town government owes all to the volunteers who serve on its elected boards and we’re fortunate this year to have strong slates of candidates from both parties. I am particularly pleased that Mike Kaelin is running for a seat on the Board of Finance on the Democratic ticket.
Mike has more than two decades of leadership roles on a range of civic organizations, most recently as a member of the Board of Selectmen from 2014 to 2018, where he was also Second Selectman for the last two years. Before that he was an 8-year member of the Wilton Library Association Board of Trustees, serving as both vice president and then president. Other significant town and community posts have included being a member and vice chair of the town’s Charter Commission; a trustee of the Wilton Employees Retirement Plan; long service as a director of Connecticut Legal Services, Inc.; and as a member of the Board of Directors and vice president of civic affairs for the Wilton Chamber of Commerce.
In the best tradition of Wilton volunteer service, Mike has done all this while maintaining a busy law practice based in Stamford. It would be difficult to craft a civic curriculum vitae that would better prepare one to understand the fiscal issues facing Wilton and the important decisions the Board of Finance will be asked to make. I heartily endorse Mike’s candidacy and urge my fellow Wiltonians to support him at the polls.
James H. “Hal” Higby
Kaelin a Much Needed Voice on Board of Finance
To the Editor:
As a lifetime resident of Wilton who has served on multiple commissions and boards in town, I have had the pleasure to work with many volunteers.
Mike Kaelin is one of the most thoughtful, hardworking town official and community leader that I have had the pleasure to be involved with.
He truly loves our town and works tirelessly with everyone, regardless of party affiliation, to make Wilton be the best town it can be. His dedication, knowledge, and forward thinking makes him a much needed voice on the Board of Finance. Please vote for Mike Kaelin