An open letter to the voters of Fairfield: First, I would like to thank my family for their love and unwavering support. I would like to thank my colleagues on the board of selectmen, board of finance and RTM, and all of the various town bodies and commissions for their dedication. Thanks also to our police and firefighters, our teachers, and all of the town employees who work hard to keep Fairfield the great town it is. Thank you to the legions of volunteers who coach Little League and other youth sports, are involved in PTA or give countless hours of their time to charitable endeavors. Most of all, I want to thank the citizens of this town for the opportunity to be your next first selectman.

When I embarked on this journey in February, I made two promises to myself and my family. I would always put "Fairfield First" and I would remain true to my values and beliefs no matter what. I am proud that I have kept both promises. I have chosen to campaign positively and run on my own record and accomplishments. I have insisted on maintaining a high level of professionalism. Whenever I have challenged or criticized my opponents, it has been based upon the facts and fairly delivered. This is the way I have run my campaign. This is what you can expect from me as your First Selectman.

Defined by life experience

So what makes me qualified to hold this office? I am a Fairfielder. I am a taxpayer and a homeowner. I am raising my family here and my kids go to our public schools. I have run a small business right here in Fairfield for the past 15 years. I am the only candidate who can say any of these things. I am an attorney and partner in the firm that was started by my father here in Fairfield 40 years ago. I am the vice chairman of the board of finance, a Little League coach and a PTA dad. To put it simply, I represent you. I walk in your shoes every day. My experience goes beyond my career. My life experience is what sets me apart.

When I say that I will deliver tax relief, I have a sensible plan that will work, and the fortitude to back it up. When I say that I will deliver professional government, it means the same thing to me that I'm sure it does to you. No secret deals and no back room agreements. I owe nothing to the state, nothing to campaign contributors, and nothing to party politics. The citizens of this town are my utmost priority, from my two year-old daughter to my 90 year-old grandmother. Years from now, long after this election is over, I will still be here. If you are still here, you may have occasion to ask me why I made the decisions that I made as an elected official. I will be able to look you in the eye and say that I did it because it was in your best interest, and the best interest of your children.

Frank and up front

This campaign has left me the same person as when I started it. I have no skeletons in my closet to hide from you, no arrest record, no unrealistic promises or angry rants, no grandstanding, no lies and no negative ads. I have been frank and up front with you. You may not agree with everything I say, but you know where I stand. What you see is what you will get. I believe that the citizens of this great town will make the right decision on Nov. 8. That you have done your research and that your vote will count. I am honored to serve my hometown, and I am thankful for the opportunity to be your next First Selectman.

Rob Bellitto is vice chairman of the board of finance and is running for first selectman as a Republican.