Election2019 Candidate OP-ED: Chris Stroup, Board of Finance
Catherine and I were drawn to Wilton by the reputation of the public schools and the enthusiastic endorsement of friends and colleagues—including those from surrounding towns that admired our special community. We were welcomed by the town and our children flourished.
Sarah and Alex attended our exceptional public schools before matriculating to excellent universities. The Wilton community has treated my family exceptionally well and I am running for the Board of Finance because I want to give back to this special community that has given us so much.
I have a track record of community service and a professional background that have prepared me to help shape Wilton’s future. I served on the Board of Education and the Economic Development Commission. I was a partner/CPA of a Big Four accounting firm and I currently serve as CEO of an insurance company. My combination of business acumen and hands on volunteer experience have prepared me to volunteer again—and dedicate my time and energy to the Board of Finance.
The Board of Finance expresses our Town’s values and priorities. The Board determines what and where we spend—and how we fund our spending. These decisions reflect value judgments–as there is no “right” level of commercial development, no “right” maximum classroom size, and no “right” amount of aid to fixed income households. We choose. My experience and my values shape a vision of what is important to Wilton’s future.
We are privileged to provide our children with excellent educations. We invest in our schools because we value Wilton’s children. Academic excellence requires consistent financial and moral support. The Board of Finance, through its actions and words, should demonstrate unwavering commitment to the Wilton Public Schools.