Monday afternoon, First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice announced her intention to run for reelection as Wilton’s top official. She did so in a announcement sent to GOOD Morning Wilton listing the promises she said she made to Wilton voters, and kept, “together with town employees and the Board of Selectmen” in the three-and-a-half years since taking office.
As she did during her campaign four years ago for first selectman, Vanderslice says she will not ask for or accept campaign contributions, and instead will self-fund her reelection efforts.
The promises Vanderslice says she made during her first campaign and fulfilled include:
- Reduced growth in the cost of town operations. “We returned approximately $3 million in unspent budgeted monies. Those savings funded our .8% four-year average annual budget increase.”
- Increased efficiency within town government while maintaining services. “We eliminated 6.5 full-time positions through retirements and shared functions with the Board of Education.”
- Increased transparency and responsiveness of town government through new and additional technologies and improved access to information.
- Increased economic investment with a focus on housing diversity.
- Made environmental improvements. Eliminated crumb rubber infill turf, implemented a plan to meet 70% of municipal and school building energy needs through renewable sources and partnered with Trout Unlimited to ensure the health of the Norwalk River.
- Prudently addressed town infrastructure with a focus on cost and debt management, including Miller-Driscoll renovation, Fire Station 2 repairs and WHS tennis court replacements.
- Formed public-private partnerships to fund new and/or improved amenities, including the chess park, future turf replacements, and the ongoing development of plans for Schenck’s Island and Merwin Meadows.
- Eased the burden for Wilton’s retired population. Implemented senior and prescription drug discount programs and funded the state senior tax credit program after funding was eliminated by the state. Currently, developing reforms to the town’s senior tax relief program to increase its impact.
- Collaborated with the Board of Education to reduce their costs, including energy, facilities, and finance administration.
- Improved quality of life, including acceleration of road repairs, enforcement of blight, and the return of summer concerts to our parks.
In the announcement, Vanderslice calls herself a “pragmatic problem solver” and someone who builds “consensus between people of differing views and backgrounds.”
She points to several instances where she demonstrated leadership and a “willingness to stand up for Wilton’s best interests,” among them:
- Aquarion’s attempt to remove up to one million gallons of water per day from a Cannondale well,
- CT legislative school regionalization proposals,
- the winter storm of 2018.
Vanderslice outlines initiatives she looks forward to working on in a second term, including a “Wilton Center master plan, renovations of the WHS stadium track and municipal buildings, improved recreation/athletic facilities, and shared services with other municipalities to further reduce costs.”
In campaign mode, she makes an appeal for voters’ support in order to work with her to keep what attracts residents to Wilton ‘true for future residents’:
“Residents were attracted to Wilton for our schools, our natural beauty and open spaces, our low crime rate, and our affordability versus surrounding communities. Together, we can ensure this, and more, remains true for future residents.
“Every day I wake up eager to work with our town employees and boards to achieve more for Wilton. I hope my efforts and outcomes have earned your support.
Editor’s note: Vanderslice requested that readers be able to access her announcement directly, and view the version sent to media. It is shown below