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Letter: Fairfielder Backs Democrats in District 9

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Johanna Farrell is a Fairfield resident. She submitted this letter in support of the Democratic candidates for the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) in District 9.

What makes a good RTM candidate? First, commitment, as the job is certainly time consuming. Fairfield RTM members love our town, and they bring their passion, knowledge and energy to the table.

Secondly, they are people who are capable of listening to all sides of the story and making decisions they believe are best for Fairfield, regardless of party affiliation.

Thirdly, they are leaders who have proven track records in not only civic and charitable endeavors, but in their “real world” careers as well.

The five Democrats who are running for RTM in District 9 certainly fit all the criteria for success on the RTM. All five are taxpaying residents of the town. As taxpayers, they share a concern for value and they bring a diversity of experience and talents to our Town.

Kathleen Griffin serves on the Penfield Pavilion Building Committee and served previously on the RTM for District 9. She has 20-plus years of project management experience, serves on her local neighborhood association board and initiated such PTA programs as the Riverfield Chess Club and RLMS’s Living with Art.

Susan Burstein has volunteered at Mercy Learning Center and brings her business sense from her years in insurance, as well as practical problem-solving skills as a mother and grandmother of seven. She also serves on the Board of the Winton Park Association.

Mary Saunders was a leader at the Riverfield PTA and chaired several subcommittees there. She has also volunteered at the Relay for Life. She is the mother of two children who have attended Fairfield public schools, and a professional business woman.

Greg Alprin is the father of children in the Fairfield public school system, a business professional with his own marketing company and an assistant coach of the Fairfield American Little League team. He wants to work to make the schools that our children attend great.

Liam Burke has previously served on the Zoning Board of Appeals (where he was elected secretary) and the RTM for District 9. He currently serves on the Board of the Fairfield Counseling Services.

He has documented the flash flooding in the town center and held town and state officials accountable to prevent flash flooding. His efforts helped the town obtain federal funding to correct a problem with the sewer line. He is an attorney practicing in Fairfield.

As a Democrat, I am proud of these people and thank them for volunteering to run for the RTM. As a Democrat who is a District 9 resident, I am troubled that there are no Democrats on the RTM for my district, and I think that we have a lot to gain by having a more balanced RTM in District 9, making the RTM more representative of all the people in our district.

But more important than any other factor is the simple fact that Griffin, Burstein, Saunders, Alprin and Burke are simply excellent, dedicated people who will serve District 9 well. Please join me in voting for them on Nov. 8.

Johanna Farrell

Pell Meadow Drive

Fairfield, CT

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