Published 5:24 pm, Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Albin will put
I am happy to endorse Joshua Albin for election to the Fairfield Board of Education. Albin cares deeply about bolstering curriculum to keep up with the ever-shifting needs of the 21st century. As a graduate of Fairfield Warde High School (and more recently Trinity College), he has experienced the benefit of a Fairfield public education in the most personal way. He knows first-hand the challenges our public schools face in developing a strong curriculum that can go head to head with school systems overseas and keep our students in the vanguard of a competitive global economy.
But Albin also understands that school leaders must be held accountable for every tax dollar spent on education. He will never forget that our children are taught with the hard earned money of Fairfield's taxpayers. He will press for transparency and accountability in everything the board and administration do.
Furthermore, Albin has shown that he can withstand the pressures of partisan politics that sometimes overwhelm good educational judgment and plain old common sense. He will work respectfully and cordially with people of all parties and on all boards, but will owe his allegiance first and foremost to the citizens of Fairfield, especially the children.
As an outgoing Board of Education member, and one whose children are just about out of the public school system, I am thankful for those administrators, teachers and Board members who, over the years, stood up those (including some elected officials) who actually believed the conventional wisdom that spending an adequate amount of money on education couldn't possibly matter. It does matter.
None of us wants to see money spent unnecessarily; we all work too hard for it. But I believe that most people do understand that when it comes to education, you get what you pay for, and that what our children learn, and how they go on to use their education in college and in life, is the truest test of that investment's worth.
I am confident that Albin will put our children and their education first, and will spend the town's resources wisely and scrupulously.
for Board of Finance
I urge all Fairfield voters to look carefully at the qualifications and experience of the Board of Finance candidates this November. I hope that voters will look past party lines when making their selections for this important board. Brachfeld is the candidate most able to represent the interests of all Fairfield residents on the Board of Finance.
Brachfeld's career experience structuring and trading bonds at firms such as Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley has helped him to successfully invest funds as investment manager for the High School Scholarship Foundation and the Mercy Learning Center for Women. He has repeatedly expressed concern that Fairfield's AAA bond rating be retained. AAA ratings translate into reduced bond interest expenses that produce real budget savings for Fairfield's taxpayers. Brachfeld is the most able candidate to make the tough decisions balancing affordable taxes with needed services.
Brachfeld and his family have been deeply involved in community service. He founded the Fairfield Special Education Scholarship Fund. He also serves on the board of the High School Scholarship Fund and The Mercy Learning Center. Brachfeld's wife Wendy is the co-founder of SEPTA and is a special education teacher in our public schools.
Please cast your vote for Brachfeld for Board of Finance on election day.
Unfortunately, the cloning did not occur, so the best thing to do now is to elect Jacobs to the P&Z again, this time for a four-year term.
I sleep better when I know that Jacobs is working manfully to keep Fairfield a vibrant community without loss of character. He does this as an independent agent by not knowingly accepting campaign money from Fairfield-based Realtors, developers, builders and lawyers who appear before the commission.
In other words, he is not beholden to special interests. Next, he comes to deliberations having joined professional organizations, attended seminars and kept up with zoning precedents set by other towns. Before a meeting, he studies maps and traffic reports and inspects the properties coming up on the agenda. He knows what he is talking about. Are there other reasons for electing Richard to another four-year term as a P&Z Commissioner? Set aside a half hour and call me!
Vote for Brachfeld
Ken Brachfeld is an exceptionally qualified candidate for the Board of Finance who deserves your vote. He has an extensive record of community involvement in addition to an impressive portfolio of relevant financial experience. His work at Goldman Sachs & Morgan Stanley coupled with his education from the Wharton School will serve him well in this important position.
Join me in voting for Brachfeld on Nov. 3. He brings professional skills, dedication, experience, intelligence and a strong work ethic to this position. Vote for Brachfeld on Nov. 3 for the Board of Finance.
Fairfield needs Kiley
No one needs to be told that we are in the midst of a financial crisis. It has impacted all levels of government, businesses of all sizes and perhaps, most importantly far too many families. It is at times like these that we need strong and knowledgeable financial leaders who are capable of providing a budget that is both responsive to local priorities while exercising fiscal constraint. It is a time for calm and thoughtful leadership.
Kevin Kiley, chairman of the Board of Finance, has proven he is that kind of leader. Earlier this year, as the board was commencing budget deliberations, it became obvious that there were two diverse factions. One group was promoting a budget that would increase spending by 4.5 percent. The other group was intent on zero growth. By exercising his calm, reasonable and informed leadership the board arrived at a realistic 1.7 percent increase -- virtually unheard of in this day and age.
Fairfield needs Kiley's kind of financial integrity and leadership. It is why I am proud to endorse his candidacy for reelection without reservation.
Former State Representative
I want to add my voice to the many who have expressed support for Pam Iacono in her bid for election to the Board of Education.
As Iacono has shown time and again since being appointed to the Board of Education last year, she is a firm believer in strengthening the quality of education in Fairfield's public schools. In the face of budget cuts, she has helped protect key education programs including the extended day kindergarten option and the world language program. At the same time she takes a pragmatic, fiscally responsible approach to every issue. Her vote was the only dissenting one in the board's decision last year to give Central Office Administrators a 3.2 percent salary increase. And she favors conducting a forensic audit to find any waste in the budget. Public education is too fundamental a right and tax dollars are too precious a resource to risk wasting.
Iacono has worked to make improvements wherever possible in these economically challenging times. She never assumes the status quo is working, but looks at each issue with fresh eyes. Never hesitating to question or aim higher, Iacono nevertheless believes in making workable solutions. I know that my school-age children and the town of Fairfield as a whole will be better off for having Pam Iacono on the Board of Education for four more years.
Laura Hunt Van Arnam
Iacono will fight
for children and
I write this letter to voice my support for Pam Iacono in her bid for election as the incumbent to the Fairfield Board of Education. For the past two years I have had the pleasure of working side by side with Iacono as co-chair for Trinity Parish Nursery School's Spring Gala. Iacono's efforts helped raise significant funds that increased scholarships, enrichment programs and playground improvements. I have seen first-hand Iacono's dedication to the children of this town and what she can accomplish. Iacono is thoughtful, compassionate and fiscally responsible and not afraid to stand up for what she believes in. I know if re-elected Iacono will continue to fight for our children as well as the taxpayers. Please join me in voting for Iacono on Nov. 3.
Leonora Campbell supporter
This year the voters of Fairfield will be casting their ballots for four openings on the Board of Education -- one two-year spot and three four-year spots. I am thrilled to see that Leonora Campbell is running for a four-year spot on the Fairfield Board of Education.
I have known Campbell for more than 10 years and I have seen her leadership while working together on the Stratfield PTA. She is thoughtful and thorough. She will listen to what you have to say. She will return your phone calls and she will reply to your e-mails.
Campbell will bring a fresh eye to the board as we tackle today's issues. She will demand a responsible budget and address the school space issues we face by asking the tough questions. She is a collaborative person who will work with all board members to set a course for our town's educational policies.
There is no first selectman race this year and voter turnout may be low. Please remember to vote on Nov. 3 and please join me in voting for Campbell for Fairfield Board of Education.
As a lifelong Democrat, I have voted for very few Republicans over the past 20 years, but on Nov. 3 I will be voting for two: Pam Iacono and Tim Kery, both of whom are running for the Fairfield Board of Education. I am not doing this to make a statement about the Democratic party in Fairfield -- far from it, as I will be voting for Perry Liu, a Democrat, as well -- but I will be casting my votes for Kery and Iacono because I feel that they are truly two of the best candidates for the position.
I have known Kery for three years, since we both started attending Board of Education meetings. He has proven to be tireless in his advocacy for a long-term facilities plan, and he also has challenged the present board to work with the other town bodies to create a better sense of understanding about what the school system needs and what it is capable of accomplishing. A product of Fairfield public schools, and a parent of four children who will be attending Fairfield public schools for the next 15 years, Kery will work to keep what is right about our school district, and to change what is wrong.
I also first met Iacono when we both sat in the audience at Board of Education meetings. When the opportunity arose to join the board, she seized it, and in her 16 months as a board member she has been incredibly impressive in her drive, passion and determination. Many parents have commented that of all the present board members, Iacono is always the first one to return a call or e-mail, and always takes the time to listen to parents' concerns. If elected to a full four-year term, I have no doubt that she will continue to work to improve the way in which of board of Education runs.
Of all the town bodies, the Board of Education is one place where politics and political affiliations should not come into play. Matters of curriculum, school space and our children's education are too important to be impacted by political maneuvering, and voters should choose who they feel are the best candidates, regardless of what party they belong to. For this reason, I will be voting for Kery and Iacono for the Board of Education.
Liu has done
Perry Liu has spent the past two years learning how the Fairfield Board of Education works -- what's good about it, and what needs to be fixed -- and now he is taking the next step by running for a seat on the board. I strongly support his BOE candidacy, and sincerely hope that he wins, as his presence and guidance will be an asset to our schools.
At this past Tuesday's BOE meeting, Board Chairman Catherine Albin laid out the goals for the Fairfield Board of Education over the next few months. First and foremost is the hiring of a new superintendent, followed closely by the difficult budget season that the board, as well as the whole town will face in 2010. And lastly, is the issue of school space and utilization. All three of these topics are ones that Liu discusses in depth on his Web site ( www.perryliu.org). He wants to work with board members to hire the best, strongest candidate who will lead our schools and help them remain competitive.
After having witnessed firsthand the process last year, Liu understands how the board needs approach their upcoming budget, and also how the Board needs to work with the other town bodies to ensure that we have a lean, responsible budget that will not compromise academic integrity. As for the complex issues of school space -- Liu has also attended numerous meetings and has a firm grasp of what our schools' most pressing problems are and will work to ensure that all students attend schools with the proper facilities. As a parent, school volunteer and PTA Board member, Liu has shown his dedication to and knowledge of our schools' many issues. As a Board of Education member he will work for our schools, our children and our town to keep our standards high and our taxes reasonable, and that is why I am voting for Liu on Nov. 3.