Local Editorials & Letters to the Editor
Letter to the Editor from RTC Vice Chairman: Vote on Nov. 5
Published by The Darienite, October 14, 2019
To the editor:
On Nov. 5, Darien will be conducting its municipal elections. Typically, such election years are marked by low voter turnout. Please don’t skip the voting booth this year. Vote for your town and have your voice heard loud and clear. It matters every year, but especially this one.
There are lifelong politicians and long-entrenched special interest groups in our state capital. Let’s call them “The Grabbing Hands of Hartford.”
Most recently they brought you school regionalization. They aren’t up for election this year, but they will certainly be watching the vote count. They want to see if you are paying attention. Are you?
School regionalization may or may not have gone away for good (I doubt it), but rest assured, the next attempt to take away our local control and divert more and more of our tax dollars to the financial black hole in Hartford is just around the next corner.
Cronyism and pandering to state employee unions apparently eats up a lot of money. This is no time for indifference. The Grabbing Hands of Hartford are hoping to see that you just don’t care; that you just can’t be bothered showing up to vote; or better yet, that you are lulled or mislead into voting for one of their operatives or allies as an indirect endorsement of their agenda.
As vice chairman of the Darien Republican Town Committee, I am extremely proud of our candidates this year because of what they stand for rather than their party affiliation.
They represent competence and professionalism. They are committed to transparency and accountability in government. They are vocal and steadfast in resisting encroachment from The Grabbing Hands of Hartford.
This election has nothing to do with Washington D.C., but it does have EVERYTHING to do with sending a loud message to Hartford: Hands Off Our Schools! Hands Off Darien!
Vote Republican on November 5.
Alexander H Davidson
Vice Chairman, Darien RTC
Delafield Island Road
Letter to the Editor:
Selectman Candidate Christa McNamara Has Worked Hard for the Community
Published by The Darienite.com, October 16, 2019
To the editor:
I am writing in support of Christa McNamara who is a Republican running for a spot on the Board of Selectmen. I met Christa when our daughters became best friends in nursery school. I have been in and out of the McNamara home for 14 years.
Christa and I both grew up in Rye, New York, and our families have known each other for over 40 years.
I watched this dynamic woman raise three children at the same time that she rolled up her sleeves and worked hard to improve our community.
She has served as PTO president at three different schools and as an Representative Town Meeting member.
She is a current Board of Education member who recently spent countless hours helping to search for our new Darien school superintendent. She is passionate about education. She has a master’s degree in elementary education, served on the RTM Education Committee, and now on the Board of Education.
She will be in a unique position to create a dialogue between the different town boards to maintain the quality of our schools. She is also a caring person who has volunteered at nonprofits in town.
She takes on the big jobs that no one else wants to do.
She is a devoted wife and mother raising a daughter, two twin boys, and a puppy. I know she will work to keep our town family-friendly.
She has a keen intellect and weighs options well.
I know she will keep the services our town has come to expect while fighting to keep the burden on the taxpayer low. Please join my husband, John, and me in supporting Christa McNamara.
Sunset Road, Darien
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