Endorsements: Kaelin, Kalamarides, Vanderslice, Bray, McFadden, Balderston, Kress
I have worked with Mike Kaelin for more than 20 years, and I enthusiastically endorse him for the Board of Selectmen. Mike has worked with me to help make Wilton a better place, and has become one of my most trusted advisers. Mike does not believe in throwing money at problems, and he is keenly aware of how tax and spend policies hurt all of us. Wilton is at a crossroads. We cannot continue to raise taxes. We need Mike’s leadership to take us in a different direction. Please join me in voting for him on Nov.3.
State Senator Toni Boucher
Voice of reason
John Kalamarides has consistently been a steady voice of reason, never reluctant to challenge the status quo, always ready to ask the difficult question, and doing so with civility and respect. John brings to the office a commitment to serve all Wilton’s citizens, from our youngest school children to our retired seniors. A good listener and creative thinker, John has worked tirelessly to help reduce the tax burden on Wilton residents, while simultaneously recognizing the relationship between what we pay in taxes and the value of services received. I urge you to re-elect John Kalamarides to the Board of Finance.
Richard J. Dubow
Attuned to town needs
With so many important issues facing Wilton in the coming years, it is essential we elect a new first selectman with strong managerial skills and a financial background. Lynne Vanderslice has both of these qualities, which is why I am pleased to give her my strong support. Lynne has used her time on the Board of Finance to gain a thorough understanding of our town’s spending, and has clear ideas about what our priorities should be going forward. She is very attuned to the needs of town residents, including the strong desire for tax relief. Elect Lynne Vanderslice on Nov. 3.
Hella K McSweeney
John Kalamarides deserves enthusiastic support in his bid for a full, four-year term on the Board of Finance.
Having served on that board for the past 15 months, John has demonstrated his analytical skills, his comprehensive view of Wilton's needs, his open mind and willingness to listen and learn. I particularly appreciate his balanced and reasonable approach in deliberations and his concern for Wiltonians of all ages.
John blends his professional background as a certified financial planner for 28 years with his personal experiences as a Wilton resident for 33 years. We are fortunate to be represented by John Kalamarides on the Board of Finance.
Town’s best interests
I am thrilled to support Lynne Vanderslice in her campaign for first selectman, and believe she is exactly the type of smart, forward-looking leader Wilton needs. I have worked frequently with Lynne in her capacity as a Board of Finance member, and have been continually impressed by her total command of whatever subject was being discussed, and her singular focus on acting in our town’s best interests. Lynne has a clear vision for Wilton’s future, for kick starting economic development, and for addressing the need for tax relief. Lynne Vanderslice will be an outstanding first selectman.
Service the focus
Gil Bray deserves our vote for selectman. He is an example of the kind of volunteer who makes service the focus of his involvement in the affairs of the town. His goals as a selectman include a fiscally responsible budget, ensuring that social services are adequately funded, and encouraging volunteerism and involvement from all ages.
I am fortunate enough to have served with Gil Bray for my first two years on the Board of Education. During that time he demonstrated an ability to work with both the professional staff and other board members in a collaborative way. Since leaving the Board of Education, Bray has continued to be active in serving the town as a member of the Energy Commission. Bray will be a tremendous asset to Wilton as a selectman.
I am writing as an unaffiliated voter in support of Lynne Vanderslice for first selectman. I have known Lynne for many years, and am continually impressed by her intellect and drive, willingness to listen and consider both sides of issues, and work tirelessly towards goals. She would be an exemplary first selectman, and I am excited by all of her ideas for Wilton's future. She brainstorms, collaborates, and motivates — all characteristics, tied with her extensive experience, that I think will make an outstanding first selectman. Please join my husband and I as we vote for Lynne on Nov 3.
I will be proud to vote for Lynne Vanderslice on Nov. 3. Through her work on the Board of Finance, Lynne has demonstrated her total command of the issues affecting Wilton, and her commitment to helping us become a more efficient and economically strong community. From listening to her speak, it’s clear Lynne has a carefully defined plan for attracting new businesses, and for finding synergies among our town departments and schools. We will be in good hands with Lynne at the wheel. She is exactly the type of innovative and smart individual we need as our next first selectman. Christine Finkelstein Vanderslice and Kaelin To everyone who wrote and called to congratulate me on my recent appointment to the Board of Selectmen, thank you. I promise I will do my best to represent all of Wilton. I urge seniors to stay in Wilton. It is a great place to live. I urge all others and those with children in our fine educational system to get energized to vote in all elections.
Important — Please vote for Lynne Vanderslice for first selectman and Mike Kaelin for selectman so we may forge ahead to build a strong well balanced Wilton.
Ken Dartley, Selectman
I am supporting Lynne Vanderslice for first selectman. We worked together on the board of the Wilton Playshop where, as the treasurer, Lynne was one of the only “non-theater“ board members.
She was smart and always focused on the Playshop’s best interests.
Business financials could be intimidating, but Lynne was always the easiest person to work with, “fun” just like the team of thespians on the board.
I am confident Lynne will do a stellar job leading Wilton into the future with new ideas and a fresh perspective.
Please join me in voting for Lynne on Nov. 3.
During his many years of community service to Wilton and most recently as selectman, Mike Kaelin has demonstrated the value he brings to our Board of Selectmen. He understands the need to rein in taxes and spending while maintaining and enhancing town services, and knows how to pursue economic development in the considered way that Wilton requires. Having worked with Mike for more than a decade, I know that his approach to issues is always thoughtful, never doctrinaire. He leads by achieving consensus and harmony, and always tells the truth. I am proud to endorse Mike for Board of Selectmen.
State Rep. Gail Lavielle
Deb McFadden will be a very good Wilton first selectman. I have served on the Wilton Democratic Town Committee with Deb for many years. Also, I have participated in several nominating conventions and caucuses with her. She served a number of years as our vice chairman and as chairman of our campaign committee.
I have always been impressed by Deb’s willingness to work, by her hard work, by her talent, by her organizing and leadership ability, and by her devotion to her church and her family. I look forward to voting for Deb on Nov. 3.
I am pleased to endorse John Kalamardies for the Board of Finance. John has demonstrated excellent knowledge and management skills in a very successful financial career. He has demonstrated an ability to work for the common good of Wilton in his present role on the BOF, as he has done in other community organizations. I've known John for 30 years and I can attest to his high ethical standards, which are sorely needed in public service. Wilton needs John's skills, can-do attitude and value system on the BOF. I ask that you vote for John.
We are fortunate to have someone like Mike Kaelin running for selectman in the current political climate. His service to our town is extensive and impressive as recognized this past May when he and his wife, Carol, received a Distinguished Citizen Award at the Wilton Family Y Annual Community Celebration.
In addition to all he has done for the town, Mike has so many other important personal qualities as a candidate — unselfish, intelligent, thoughtful, articulate and collaborative. He is a team builder who treats everyone with respect.
I urge you to vote for him for selectman on Nov. 3.
There are many reasons to support Lynne Vanderslice’s candidacy for first selectman, but I especially appreciate her understanding of the need to plan for Wilton’s future. Lynne clearly recognizes that we cannot continue to rely on annual tax increases, while good businesses opt to locate elsewhere. She has already reached out to our business community, including commercial landlords, to better understand how to make Wilton more hospitable to potential new corporations and businesses. Lynne will use her strong financial background to make smart decisions, protect our AAA bond rating, and ensure a bright future for our town.
A real gift
We are very fortunate to have Peter Balderston, John Kalamarides, and Walter Kress all ready to serve (and in John’s case, already serving) on the Board of Finance. Each has a strong background in finance and much high-level business experience, and each is a person of great judgment who is very thoughtful and knowledgeable about the best interests of our town and who seeks out as much input to the decision-making process as possible, listening to residents across the full spectrum of perspectives as well as consulting with the experts. Their public service is a real gift to our town.
I worked with Lynne Vanderslice for many years on the board of ABC. She has the right mix of leadership and experience to be Wilton’s next first selectman.
As president, Lynne guided the board through one of our most significant decisions. She began the process by providing a document detailing the relevant facts and information. She then led meetings where each member was encouraged to express their thoughts and concerns, eventually leading us to consensus on the decision. This is how Lynne will lead our town.
Nick and I will be voting for Lynne for first selectman. Please join us.
Jane Cameron Lee
Wilton needs Kaelin
I am proud to support Michael Kaelin for the Board of Selectmen. Michael has a thorough understanding of the complex issues and difficulties facing our town and has been a strong and thoughtful advocate for fiscal responsibility and transparency while serving on the Board of Selectmen. As a highly accomplished attorney, Michael has always been a strong advocate for his clients and I know he will continue to be a strong advocate for us all on the Board of Selectmen. Please join me in voting for Michael Kaelin on Nov. 3.
Joshua S. Cole
Support for Vanderslice
We are writing to support Lynne Vanderslice for Wilton first selectman. Like many other families in Wilton, we love living here but have serious concerns about high taxes and economic stagnation around the state. Though careful not to say much, Democrat Deb McFadden has shown she’s aligned with Gov. Malloy and would bring more divisive Hartford politics and policies to Wilton. By contrast, Lynne Vanderslice would advocate for Wilton, not Hartford. She’s outlined a forward-looking, optimistic vision that would foster smart, meaningful economic growth in town. Vanderslice is competent, tough, and proven, and she’s the leader Wilton needs.
Bill and Jennifer Lalor
The right person
Wilton needs new leadership and Deb McFadden is the right person. Taxes increased a percent or two each year. Good enough, the Republican administration in charge would say. But after 14 years of cumulative tax increases, good enough is no longer good enough. Deb has served on the Board of Selectmen and numerous Wilton community groups. She also worked in city government as well. Having worked in both the public and private sectors myself, I can definitely say that private sector experience does not automatically translate to success as a public sector leader. Deb is the new leader Wilton needs.
There are 179 towns in Connecticut. Wilton's bonding debt after Miller- Driscoll will be the state’s highest. Wilton's spending splurge since 2000 is the fourth highest in the state. Brennan drove us into this ditch and hopefully Lynne will lead us out of it.
We have two stellar candidates for the BOF. Walter Kress and Peter Balderston shared their fiscally conservative views in The Wilton Bulletin. Their platforms would do much to improve the town if implemented. Their credentials are impeccable; both are seasoned, experienced executives who will bring much needed spending restraint.
They get my support.
I write in support of John Kalamarides’ candidacy for Wilton’s Board of Finance. John is a longterm resident of Wilton who has been active in public life in our community for many years.
Members of the BOF must have a close knowledge of the town and its collective priorities. Each must balance the desire to keep taxes as low as possible, while striving to preserve and enhance the municipal services the community values. Each must be an excellent listener. In these respects John has no equal. Please join me in voting for John on Nov. 3.
Paul H. Burnham
Since neither of us knew much personally about Deb McFadden, we decided to host a reception inviting others who were interested as well — regardless of party affiliation. We enjoyed the evening getting to know Deb and her husband, Jack, who is very involved and supportive. The needs of our town have been well prioritized and defined by many candidates. We feel that Deb's managerial style is that which is needed as these priorities get addressed. We are grateful to have a choice in this race and wish to thank all the candidates running for elected office this year.
Judy and Hal Higby