Endorsements: Lavielle, Boucher, DePanfilis

True representative

State Rep. Gail Lavielle truly represents her constituents in Hartford. Since she took office she has demonstrated that she doesn’t get mired down in government bureaucracy; rather, she looks for the solution. She exemplifies what we expect in a leader in Hartford fighting to help cities and towns maintain control over key issues.

As an example, last year the state legislature enacted a law that requires public schools to follow a regional calendar, meaning that Wilton will no longer be allowed to set its own dates, vacation weeks, or professional development days. This action forces us to adopt a calendar drawn up by out-of-town bureaucrats.

Gail was among the most vocal critics of this idea, and was successful in having its implementation delayed for two years — hopefully a better option, or even outright repeal will be possible.

I am grateful for Rep. Lavielle’s commitment to local rights! Vote for her!

Sibylle Kinely


Earns support

While I opposed Toni Boucher’s vote for Gov. Malloy’s gun control folly, I have supported all of her other votes. Toni has a difficult job trying to inject fiscally sensible discipline into a state government long advocating tax-and-spend policies. These policies will ultimately bankrupt the state.

Connecticut was America’s industrial power but now has three of its poorest cities. Socialists in Hartford want to simply transfer wealth through taxation. The real solution is to create jobs by improving education, creating enterprise zones and attracting business by eliminating tax and regulatory burdens. Toni has the knowledge, skills and attitude to help revitalize Connecticut without partisan divisiveness. She has earned the support from both parties.

Ed Papp


Right for court

Judge Anthony J. DePanfilis has been, is, and should continue to be the Norwalk-Wilton District probate judge. He deserves our vote on Nov. 4.

Serving our communities since 1997, he receives the highest commendations from citizens, all political parties, legal peers, and importantly those who have had the need of assistance from his court.

We know the necessity to have the right elected officials representing our rights and liberties, and to elect those specialized in particular rights. Tony DePanfilis is that experienced and specialized man for the probate court. In elected positions, “you reap what you sow” proves factual over and over. And in judicial matters, no one follows the golden rule better. Judge DePanfilis always delivers that which is best for us, what we would want for ourselves.

Trust in experience, believe in prior results and our future will be protected by Judge DePanfilis.

Donald H. Sauvigné


Raising the bar

Rep. Gail Lavielle has really raised the bar when it comes to constituent outreach and communication, and I want to express my public thanks for her tireless efforts on behalf of the Wilton community.

Week before last, Gail met with Metro-North officials and shared with them a list of grievances from commuters, and will hold them accountable. This meeting followed her successful efforts this past winter to force the railroad to restore nonstop service to New York on the early morning Danbury line.

And the list goes on. Gail was instrumental in securing the funding for the new walkway that will connect the train station to Wilton Center — a project that had been in the planning stages for years.

We are fortunate to have someone as dedicated and accessible as Gail representing us in Hartford. She deserves to be re-elected, and I will be proud to give her my vote!

Peter Wrampe


Respect for judge

I have known and observed Judge Tony DePanfilis for many years and have grown to respect and admire him as one of the finest probate judges in Connecticut. As a truly outstanding probate judge, Tony has deep expertise and experience with the myriad of issues and problems brought to his court every day. He brings the right temperament, insight, sound judgment, and a sense of fairness and balance to difficult and often gut-wrenching family issues or disputes. He treats everyone equally, with compassion and care.

It takes a very special person to do this job well and I believe that Judge Depanfilis  has displayed just how special he is by his conduct and good decision-making over many years of service. He also mentors many in the probate system and in the legal community that come to him for guidance. We cannot afford to lose such a seasoned judge. We are fortunate that Tony is willing to continue to give his time, talents and passion to this important role that is often filled with conflicting and profound issues affecting our communities and our families. He has earned all of our support on Nov. 4!

State Sen. Toni Boucher


Support for Lavielle

As a college sophomore who interned for state Rep. Gail Lavielle during my senior year at Wilton High School, I feel I am in a unique position to offer unqualified support for her re-election campaign.

What struck me most during my internship was Gail’s complete and unwavering dedication to her constituents. Every phone call was returned, every email was answered and every request for assistance was treated as a top priority. I believe Gail entered public service for exactly the right reason — to try and improve the lives of people who live in her district.

I think it’s also important to mention the high regard that other elected representatives have for Gail. Both Democrats and Republicans regularly sought Gail out for her opinions, and to gain her support for pieces of legislation.

Gail Lavielle gave me a wonderful introduction to the legislative process. I am grateful for that positive experience, and proud to offer my support for her re-election.

Emmeline George


Fiscally sane

A vote for Gail Lavielle this November will be a vote in support of restoring fiscal sanity to our state. And with so much at stake, Gail is exactly the right person for the job!

Gail has been a true advocate of fiscal reform during her two terms in office. She understands the precarious situation we find ourselves in — from $33 billion in unfunded liabilities, to businesses that have fled our excessive tax policies, to annual calls for more and more spending.

I have been impressed by Gail’s brand of thoughtful leadership. She has led the way on so many common-sense solutions. She introduced legislation to stop the practice of raiding the state’s transportation fund to pay for non-transportation projects. She helped write a budget proposal that called for no new taxes, and forced some accountability. And how about this, she actually went door to door, talking to small business owners, asking how Hartford could do a better job of helping them prosper and create more jobs.

Gail Lavielle deserves to be re-elected, and I am pleased to give her my support.

L. Michael Rudolph


Genuine

The Honorable Tony DePanfilis is the right person for judge of probate. Decisions entrusted to this position are made on a very personal level, with much thought and consideration, without regard to political affiliation or agendas, for the best interest of the individuals involved. Tony is simply the best at this, and he comes by it naturally. He is a genuine people person. The principles, values, compassion, and caring that are the basis for Tony’s personal demeanor are the foundation for how he conducts himself professionally, and are seamlessly transferred into his courtroom. We have personally witnessed many acts by Tony which demonstrate his character and passion for people, from his gentle and caring way with our elderly parents, to his concern and interest for our children and the gracious opening of his home for holidays to an extended community of associates, acquaintances and friends who are unable to be with their families. Tony is genuine and compassionate with expert knowledge of the law. He has served this community with distinction and passion. We are fortunate to have him as judge of probate, and he deserves our support on Nov. 4.

Stuart and Mary Ellen Waack


(Editors’ Note: These letters were received before the word limit on candidate endorsements was reduced to 100 words. Please send letters to editor@wiltonbulletin.com by noon on Tuesday.)

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