After a decade of uncontested elections for first selectman, a predominant message of my candidacy was: “Finally, Wilton has a Choice!” As the voting results came in shortly after 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 3, Wilton’s choice was resoundingly clear. At that moment my attitude changed from being an opponent of Lynne Vanderslice to being one of her strongest supporters as our next first selectman. In my concession message, I urged all who voted for me to do the same.
Looking back, I am proud of the race we waged against each other. It was strong, positive, and clean — the kind of race that I would hope to be typical of Wilton. I also believe that key issues, by necessity, were examined with care and an intensity that could not have happened otherwise. In the process of the “debate,” each side stretched a bit beyond their comfort zone, resulting in an elevated public discussion that will help shape the future of this town we all love. Lastly, voter participation at 38% was the highest in recent years.