It’s election time once again. I am writing today to urge all eligible voters in Fairfield to make a difference by voting on Nov. 3 and to consider casting a vote for Jessica Gerber for Board of Education. Jessica currently serves on the Board of Education and is running to serve a second four-year term beginning in November.

Jessica is a neighbor, a fellow Fairfield Ludlowe High School parent and a very good friend. Having known her for many years, I have seen her in action on the Fairfield Board of Education, Osborn Hill School PTA Board and as special liaison on several town committees and task forces. I am always struck by her astonishing level of commitment and undying passion for the work at hand. I am confident she will continue to work tirelessly to advocate for our children and help strengthen the public education system in Fairfield over the next four years.

In 2011, Jessica was elected to serve on our Board of Education. Since then, she has been an active advocate for improved town-wide communication and equitable facilities for all Fairfield students, and has represented a strong voice for the recently approved District Improvement Plan and the Long Range Facilities Plan. As on any bipartisan committee, it is not always smooth sailing. During her tenure, Jessica has developed a deeper understanding of the complexities and challenges the board faces, and if re-elected, she will use this knowledge and experience not only to facilitate continued improvements within our schools but also to strive for a more cohesive and effective board.

Jessica brings experience, sound reasoning and maturity to the Board of Education. She has and will continue to work to keep the board focused on solutions that make the most sense for the town as a whole. She does her research, listens respectfully to the people of Fairfield and considers opposing opinions to ultimately determine the best course forward. Jessica comes to the table prepared and with an open mind, every time.

Please go out and vote on Nov. 3. And please consider casting your vote for Jessica Gerber.

Liz Benyon