Endorsement letters

Vote Hemmerle/Preston

I am pleased to support Board of Education candidates Andrea Preston and Glenn Hemmerle. At a time when the Democrat-controlled state government continues to reduce — in some cases eliminate — its share of education funding, it’s more important than ever that we have strong, fiscally responsible individuals on our school board. Glenn is a current member of the BOE, who demonstrated his fiscal restraint by supporting this year’s budget which included a zero percent increase. Andrea’s tenure on the Planning & Zoning Commission has provided her a front row seat to the town’s fiscal challenges. Vote Hemmerle/Preston on Nov. 7!
Peter Wrampe

Rotini the best choice for P&Z

Why is Melissa Rotini the best candidate for P&Z? Put simply, she has experience to do the job well and devotion to public service without party bias. Melissa is a municipal attorney who has dealt with regulation review and all matters relevant to applications before P&Z. For more than a decade, she’s worked with building codes, water and wastewater engineers, health, planning, and public works departments. She knows how to ask tough questions so critical to making good choices for our town. Her knowledge coupled with personal commitment to service makes Melissa the right choice.
Brenda Froehlich

McFadden needed as selectman

Deb McFadden’s broad experience, articulate voice, strong work ethic and inclusive style make her the ideal candidate for Board of Selectmen. Having worked with Deb in her previous service on the BOS, I know she will always be prepared, thoughtful and diligent in her consideration of issues. A good listener and always ready to speak her mind, Deb’s presence as the only Democrat on the board will help nurture a healthy and robust discussion of Wilton’s future. Please help assure there is at least one Democrat on the Board of Selectmen. Elect Deb McFadden.
Dick Dubow

Knapp offers wise perspective

I’m writing to support Doris Knapp’s return to the Planning & Zoning Commission, where she has served for a decade. At the Candidate Forum Doris’ experience, common sense and wise perspective stood out. She was the first to suggest multi-use building as a potential solution to challenges in Wilton Center. And her final comment made it clear she understands the difficult balance of development and tradition that faces us: “To remain as we are, we need to grow,” she said. I trust Doris to know what kinds of growth and development suit our community.
Bob Carney

McFadden open to all concerns

I want to ask you to vote for Deborah McFadden for selectman. She is committed to bettering Wilton. She is open to the concerns of all the residents of Wilton. She brings prior proven experience as a selectman to the board. She has the experience, the skills, and the ability to make a difference on all the issues that will face a community challenged to continue services while facing real fiscal threats.
John Kalamarides

McFadden extremely qualified

I attended the Q & A event with the Board of Selectmen and Board of Education nominees at Wilton Library. It was interesting and informative and most nominees answered the questions knowledgeably. I would like to stress I think it is important for our town to have representatives from both parties in these positions. Deborah McFadden, the sole Democrat running for Board of Selectmen, is an extremely qualified candidate with extensive experience in politics and has many creative ideas about town management. It is comforting to know that candidates from both parties agree on the need to rein in spending and manage budgets better.
Alison Mark

Preston has the experience

Wilton residents are fortunate to have Andrea Preston running in the Nov. 7 election for the Board of Education. Andrea is a long-time resident of Wilton with a daughter who is a sophomore at the high school. Because of her experience with each of our great schools, Andrea is keenly aware of their unique needs. Utilizing her skills from working on various town boards and harnessing her 20 years of communications experience as a public relations consultant, Andrea will make sure that the school district is run effectively, efficiently and smoothly.
Patrizia Cavone

Shiue knows what works

If you watched the Planning & Zoning candidate debate the other night, you understand that Wilton is at a crossroads with regard to balancing economic development and maintaining the charm of our New England town. You would also have been impressed by Peter Shiue and his obvious understanding and thoughts about these issues. As a commercial Realtor, Peter has dealt with planning issues in other towns, and has the experience to know what has worked well and what has failed. I have known Peter for many years, and will be thrilled to have him on the important P&Z Commission.
Ed Fung

Hemmerle, Preston will bring ideas

As the mother of three children, I believe we must elect people to the Board of Education who can and will do everything they can to take our schools to the next level. Glenn Hemmerle, a current BOE member continually demonstrates his interest in new academic ideas and efficiencies, while Andrea Preston’s experience on the Planning & Zoning Commission has given her insight into what Wilton needs to do to attract new businesses and families. Together, Hemmerle and Preston will bring new ideas and a strong commitment to our schools.
Carol Lenihan

Low a proven leader

I recruited Debbie Low for a leadership position in the Wilton schools in 1987. Over the next 20 years, through her unrelenting advocacy for children, in several leadership positions, Wilton gained recognition as the top school district in Connecticut. Throughout her stellar professional career, Debbie was consistent in demonstrating the human, conceptual and technical skills that are hallmarks of successful leaders. Moreover, by engaging all constituencies she was able to achieve a delicate balance between educational priorities and fiscal prudence. Debbie was my choice 30 years ago; please join me in making her your choice for the Board of Education now.
David F. Clune
Former Superintendent (1982-2004)

Bufano and Cole for selectmen

The Town of Wilton is currently facing a severe financial crisis. Of all the towns in Connecticut, Wilton has the fourth-highest spending per capita in the state. In the period from 1996 to 2012, Wilton had the third-highest percent increase in per capita spending in the state. Sensible Wilton believes this situation calls for new candidates with fresh ideas and fiscal responsibility. It is for those reasons that Sensible Wilton endorses Lori Bufano and Joshua Cole for the Board of Selectmen. They were not involved in past decisions that got us into these problems, have excellent business experience, and high integrity.
Alex Ruskewich

Credentials not politics — Rotini for P&Z

Your vote for Planning & Zoning is important and should be about credentials, not party politics. Fortunately, Wilton has a very well-qualified candidate in Melissa-Jean Rotini, who recently filled a vacancy on P&Z. She is a municipal attorney with a thorough command of challenging issues facing our town like 8-30g/affordable housing, the need for responsible growth, she understands smart development concepts, and will ensure the voices of Wilton’s citizens are heard. I am proud to support Melissa-Jean Rotini, unaffiliated for Planning & Zoning, and urge fellow Wiltonians, no matter their party affiliation, to Vote Rotini!
Jennifer Alesia

McFadden is dedicated

Deborah McFadden’s intelligent, articulate, dedicated voice deserves to be heard as a Wilton selectman. During the 20 years that I have known her as a neighbor and caring community leader she has tirelessly demonstrated her commitment to facilitating a wonderful quality of life for Wilton’s citizens, an open transparent government, and fiscal responsibility. She has the understanding, experience and personality to creatively influence solutions to Wilton’s challenges. The representative effectiveness of our selectmen can only be enhanced by diverse party views. I strongly endorse her candidacy.
Dr. Michael Wolfman

Bufano, Cole, Rotini

Wilton is at a critical inflection point. We have to decide whether to continue with the perennial town spendthrifts emanating from previous administrations or to turn things to Wilton's favor with transparent fiscal responsibility. There have been too many tax holes in administration, school, and building budgets that need immediate addressing and zero-based budgeting must be on the table in order for our town to thrive again. Wilton needs new leaders, not the same old revolving town insiders who got us in this jam to begin with — Bufano, Cole, and Rotini.
Kevin Hickey
Sensible Wilton

Low is strongest candidate

There is no stronger candidate for Wilton Board of Education than Deborah Low. Low was a teacher and a principal in Wilton public schools, and superintendent of the Ridgefield public schools. In Ridgefield she improved math and reading instruction and increased attention to the students' emotional and social needs. Low's comments at the recent Candidate Forum reflected that experience. They were well-thought-out, nuanced and wise. As she said, "I have lived all aspects of public schooling and I know what it takes to achieve educational excellence." For that reason I strongly support Deb Low for Board of Education.
Peter Squitieri

Tobiassen for constable

I write in support of of Ray Tobiassen for constable. Not many people run for this office and fewer write supporting letters. But, having worked with Ray for many years, I know him well and believe him to be highly qualified.

Ray has served both his country and his community. He has a sincere and diligent attitude, responsible and reliable attention to commitments, and fierce loyalty to his chosen work.

Ray is the kind of individual that we need in our town’s administration. Please recognize his capabilities and commitment and cast a constable vote on his behalf.
Ray Moskow

Bufano, Cole

I am pleased to support Lori Bufano and Josh Cole for the Board of Selectmen. Both of the RTC-endorsed candidates not only have the experience, but also the knowledge and temperament to bring reasoned and rational thought to the critical decisions that face the selectmen during this financially challenging time for Wilton. Lori is a current member of the BOS and has years of business experience in supply chain management. Josh is a successful real estate lawyer who understands the complexities of land-use management and commercial development. I enthusiastically endorse Lori and Josh for the Board of Selectmen.
Gary C. Battaglia

McFadden brings balance

I was recently reading about Griffith Evans Hubbard, who founded The Wilton Bulletin in 1937. A captain in WWI with a Harvard education, he became an indefatigable public servant and champion for Wilton.

Regarding the upcoming municipal election on Nov. 7: if Deborah McFadden doesn’t win a seat, there won’t be any Democrats on the Board of Selectmen. In the spirit of diversity, let’s keep things as balanced as possible, by voting her in. Let’s maintain a seat at the table for people who, like G. Evans Hubbard, keep the spectrum of ideas and experience as broad as possible.
Charles and Elissa Grodin

Republicans for P&Z

As a member of the Planning & Zoning Commission, I have a deep understanding of the challenges that face Wilton as we consider ways to grow our economic base while maintaining our semi-rural feel. Who we elect to P&Z this year will determine how we address these challenges, which is why I strongly support the reelection of Peter Shiue and Sally Poundstone, and the election of Chris Pagliaro. Sally and Peter have demonstrated their strong commitment to smart growth, while Chris, a licensed architect, has long favored responsible development that protects our town character and resources.
Andrea Preston


I am pleased to support Glenn Hemmerle and Andrea Preston’s candidacies for the Board of Education. Our school system is among Wilton’s greatest assets, so we need to be sure to elect individuals to the BOE who are committed to building on our tradition of excellence, while being mindful of our town’s financial situation. I have confidence that Glenn and Andrea espouse these qualities, and will be excellent stewards of our schools. And as a graduate of Wilton High School, I am well aware of Glenn’s role as No. 1 Warrior Fan, as evidenced by his regular attendance at school events.
Lori Bufano

McFadden will bring positive change

Deb McFadden has my vote. Why? Because during my 17 years as a resident of Wilton I have seen little progress under Republican leadership.

When was the last time we experienced the feeling of transparency? Transparency builds trust. Do seniors have what they need?

I have worked side by side with Deb for more than a decade and promise you that she will be a passionate advocate for Wilton. It is time for a big refreshing change that Deb will bring with civility, honesty and bipartisan cooperation.
Hermon Telyan

Jeanes brings fiscal commitment

Join me in voting for a candidate who will bring a fresh perspective to the BOE and the only one whose own children still have the majority of their primary education ahead of them in Wilton Public Schools — Gretchen Jeanes.

I’ve seen Gretchen’s commitment to both our schools and fiscal responsibility while working with her on the Miller-Driscoll Building Committee, where she led its Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment group that provided furniture for three times as many classrooms than originally planned, for almost $200,000 less than what was budgeted.

Vote for a new voice and tangible results. Vote Gretchen Jeanes.
Patti Temple