Wilton is at a crossroads

I write today to urge you to support the Democratic slate and vote Row A in Tuesday’s election.
The Wilton Democratic Party is an inclusive body, comprised of members who hold a wide range of beliefs and ideals. The slate we endorsed for Tuesday’s election represents a broad cross-section of our party, with a unified commitment to upholding the values outlined in our platform, and a town government that is open, responsive and accountable to all of Wilton’s residents.
After over 40 years of one-party rule, Wilton finally has a choice. On Tuesday, let’s choose the candidates with a long-term, sustainable plan for Wilton’s future. Deb McFadden, our candidate for first selectman, has focused her campaign on listening to Wilton voters and formulating a plan that will work for all of us. Her plan will preserve our town character while growing our grand list, advance our excellent schools while controlling costs, and offer seniors an affordable and high-quality standard of living here in Wilton. Deb’s campaign offers concrete steps toward realizing these goals, but the final plan will be based on a collaborative effort that draws on the expertise of Wilton’s board and commissions.
Brian Lilly and Gil Bray, our candidates for Board of Selectmen, will bring a wide range of valuable experience to the board. Brian’s deep roots in Wilton and service on the Zoning Board of Appeals, along with Gil’s work in the financial sector and leadership on the Board of Education, equip them to deal with the challenges that the Board of Selectmen faces. They both know that the future of our town will rely on long-term investment strategies rather than politically expedient, shortterm fixes. Their plan for vibrant economic development and enhanced social services will draw residents at all stages of life to Wilton, making it an attractive place to live for those just starting in their career to those moving into retirement.
Our incumbents on the Board of Finance and Board of Education, John Kalamarides and Laura Schwemm, respectively, have been invaluable assets to our town over the past few years. They have both worked tirelessly to forge productive relationships with fellow board members and other town employees, and truly embody what local government can achieve at its best.
Keith Rodgerson, running for Planning and Zoning Commission, has a background of relevant experience as a professional planner and member of the Wilton Economic Development Commission. Charlie Lewis, our candidate for Board of Assessment Appeals, has a record of service that has served Wilton well for many years. Our candidates for Constable, John Gardiner and Bo Mitchell, have a record of professional and volunteer experience that is an asset to our slate.
Wilton is at a crossroads, and we have a choice. On Tuesday we can choose an inclusive style of government, with leadership that listens. We can vote for a slate that has the experience, values and vision that will move Wilton forward. Please vote Row A in Tuesday’s election.