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From HELLONEWSCT.COM: Editorial: In My Opinion A Rare Endorsement
Redding, CT November 4, 2019:by Susan Winters, Publisher,
(Please note that this is an editorial and is my own opinion!)
When you receive your ballot at the Community Center on Tuesday, November 5, you will have the opportunity to choose from many hard working and dedicated neighbors who wish to give service to our community. The Reddingites that are elected for the Boards will be volunteering to work, on top of their own jobs, long hours for no financial renumeration. I applaud and respect all of these wonderful volunteers for taking on the somewhat thankless but often rewarding challenge of doing this work.
policy is not to endorse candidates, but this year I feel compelled to make a personal endorsement for one candidate who stands out. Sort of a letter to the editor from the editor while she has rare time off.
And, just because I chose one candidate to Shout Out, doesn't mean that I don’t also admire and appreciate others from both parties who are running this cycle.
That’s a lot of preamble for me to get to the point…
(Read Michael's Candidate Statement)
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Will You Help Us Fight for Sound Leadership in Redding?
Inexperienced, liberal operatives, propelled by unions and PACs, have taken over state government. From their perch in Hartford, they are adopting policies that threaten home values and choke small business. For example, they want to impose regional control over traditional town services.
It is especially important to have sound, balanced leadership in Redding to counter these forces. We need to keep up high educational standards, healthy infrastructure and a strong quality of life while, at the same time, holding taxes down and controlling our own destiny.
In order to do so, we need to have leaders with these priorities in key positions in our town. One of the key challenges facing our town is how we preserve and build on our longstanding reputation for quality education, services and infrastructure while maintaining a sense of fiscal responsibility to our taxpayers, many of whom are feeling the burden of heavy taxes imposed by the state.
To meet this challenge, the Republican Town Committee has endorsed a slate of strong candidates to run for office in this November’s municipal election. We feel the people on this slate share the conviction that Redding can and must maintain its position as an excellent community in which to live, participate, raise families and retire.
The individuals running for these offices are making a major commitment of their time, energies and abilities to provide the kind of leadership we believe in for our town. They depend, however, on the Republican Town Committee to fund their campaigns (i.e. brochures, mailings, yard signs, etc).
In order to effectively support them, we need your help and are calling on you now to please make a contribution to our Sound Leadership for Redding '19 fund. Simply click on the secure link below and contribute what you can. Any amount, whether $25, $50, $100, $250, $500 or more* would be greatly appreciated and crucial to the success of our candidates in this year's elections.
Or, if you prefer contributing by mail, you can download our contribution form here
. Your response by June 30th will help enormously.
Thank you in advance for supporting the fight for good leadership in Redding.
* State imposed maximum for contributions to the RTC is $2,000 per person per year.
RTC Meetings are scheduled for the first Monday of each month, 7:30pm at Town Hall (except for January, meeting will be held Tuedsay the 9th)
Brian has been a resident of Redding since 2012, having moved here from West Hartford with his wife, Claire and three daughters, Brook, Taylor and Brett in order to be closer to New York City for business purposes. He holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut, has built a career in technology start-ups and is currently focused on cyber-security with a company in New York.
He joined the Redding RTC three years ago and is currently a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals in Redding. A Republican since an early age, Brian started with the Simsbury Young Republicans and grew up as a great admirer of Ronald Reagan.
His wife Claire, also a Republican, is a real estate agent and a member of the Redding Conservation Commission. Their daughter Brook lives in Danbury; Taylor lives in SoNo; and Brett, a student at St. Michaels College in Burlington, VT, is currently spending a semester abroad in Australia.
Brian is an avid musician who writes and records original music under the name Sessionflo. His songs can be heard on Spotify and YouTube. In addition to song writing, he is a drummer, guitarist and lead singer. His group performs at Fairfield County venues including local ones like the Redding Beer Company and Redding Roadhouse. He’s a huge fan of the English soccer club Arsenal and loves running the trails of Redding with his Australian Shepard “Blue.”