Change is in the air

From the Village Market to Ambler Farm, Wilton Library to Orem’s, Wiltonians from all corners want change. A new direction marked by transparency, accountability and fiscal responsibility.
Lynne Vanderslice, a name you know and trust, a 28-year resident and the current vice chair of the Board of Finance is ready, willing and able to bring that change our residents are asking for.
Lynne has a long and strong record of transparency, fiscal responsibility and governance. Haivng led teams and managed organizations comparable in size to Wilton, Lynne led them through difficult times; re-organizing to meet tight budgets, while satisfying the stakeholders.
Lynne has been a tireless advocate of the underprivileged and those in need. When she learned of the needs of certain elementary students in Danbury, she acted rather than relying on the government. And be it ABC House, the Playshop or Wilton Library, Lynne’s management, financial and fundraising acumen helped lead each to new heights of success, helping hundreds in return.
For the last seven years on the Board of Finance Lynne has been at the forefront of tax restraint and transparency. Working closely with the Board of Education to reign in union contracts in the face of greater demands when everyone else was tightening their belts, Lynne’s leadership led to changes in the way the town and school system manage their spending to ensure checks and balances are in place, and the taxpayer is protected.
Her good work was key in opening the budget process and informing the public about what the mil rate meant, what went into it and how each dollar the town or schools spent affected the tax rate.
Lynne has been a lever for change from the moment she raised her hand to serve. And we will all be well served with Lynne Vanderslice as first selectman.
Joining Lynne to answer the call is Michael Kaelin, former Wilton Library president, Historical Society member and recent recipient of the Wilton Distinguished Citizen Award.
Michael joined the Board of Selectmen when Hal Clark retired and he hit the ground running.
His sharp legal mind brought a steady reasoned voice to all matters. His desire for change, his resolve in bringing it about and his power of persuasion is undeniable. You need only look at the recent debate about the CFO search as evidence. Because of Michael’s ability to articulate what the voters wanted, he moved the board to change course and be responsive to the voters.
At a time when our taxes are beginning to outpace our neighboring towns, and our home prices are depressed, Wilton needs leaders with a willingness to listen to the people and the experience to change the way we do business.
Lynne Vanderslice and Michael Kaelin are those leaders.
They have the experience and records of transparency, accountability and fiscal responsibility.
Lynne Vanderslice and Michael Kaelin are what Wilton needs now!
Please join me in voting for…Lynne Vanderslice for first selectman; Michael Kaelin for Board of Selectmen.
Editors' Note: Village Market has written to The Bulletin expressing its concern over being included in this column, saying "Village Market makes a concerted effort to stay out of the political arena and expressing our views."