Endorsements

Deb McFadden

Having known Deb for many years, I have no doubt that she has the vision and expertise to lead the Town of Wilton as Selectman. She will be a tireless advocate for residents and I am proud to support her.

- Congressman Jim Himes

Deb has a great understanding of how national and state issues connect to the needs and concerns of Wilton residents. She’ll be a really strong, passionate voice for the town, and I’m eager to work with her.

- Senator Chris Murphy

McFadden for Selectman. The Board of Selectmen needs Deb McFadden. Her perspective, like that of recently retired Selectman Dick Dubow, is intelligent, fiscally responsible, and compassionate.  She is a problem solver. She believes in bipartisan cooperation. She loves Wilton and is dedicated to growing the grand list so others who love this town, young and old, can stay here. Return Deb to the Board of Selectmen.

Bob CarneyWilton Bulletin

A Life Devoted to Public Service Makes McFadden Suited to Serve Wilton. Deb McFadden is a special person. I am a 14-year Wilton resident and have participated in many Town activities. Our Town runs on the efforts of all the volunteers who serve in appointed or elected positions, and staff community organizations, who and make Wilton the special place it is.

So what makes Deb so uniquely suited to serve on the Wilton Board of Selectmen? Her entire life has been devoted to public service. We both worked for local governments in staff positions. That experience is vital to understand not only how government works, but how it is such a vital part of our society. She combines that experience with a record of dedication to serving our citizens. I have personally worked with Deb on the Democratic Town Committee and have seen two things first hand. One is her drive and intelligence to get things done. If you have ever managed an organization made up of volunteers, you will appreciate the challenges it presents. Deb, through intelligence, competence and caring, knows how to get people motivated to do things. Of greatest importance is her commitment to the highest ideals of public service. Her dedication and commitment is true and will drive her to serve all of Wilton’s citizens, regardless of political affiliation.

Bob Sabo

McFadden is a problem solver. I urge Wilton to vote for Deborah McFadden for selectman on Nov. 7. My recommendation stems from personal experience. As a member of the Wilton Democratic Town Committee (DTC), I have had the pleasure of working with Deborah, who is the DTC chair. I am continually impressed with Deborah’s professionalism and management skills. Deborah is devoted to Wilton and is committed to bipartisanship in applying her substantial problem-solving ability on behalf of Wilton. Her particular local interest is growing the grand list, which of course benefits us all by lowering our taxes. Deborah is what Wilton needs.

 

Diane Martucci

McFadden is Committed to Bi-partisanship & Devoted to Wilton. I urge Wilton to vote for Deborah McFadden for selectman on Nov. 7. My recommendation stems from personal experience. As a member of the Wilton Democratic Town Committee (“DTC”), I have had the pleasure of working with Deborah, who is the DTC Chair. I am continually impressed with Deborah’s professionalism and management skills. Deborah is devoted to Wilton and is committed to bi-partisanship in applying her substantial problem-solving ability on behalf of Wilton. Her particular local interest is growing the Grand List, which of course benefits us all by lowering our taxes. Deborah is what Wilton needs.

 

Diane Martucci

McFadden needed as selectman: Deb McFadden’s broad experience, articulate voice, strong work ethic and inclusive style make her the ideal candidate for Board of Selectmen. Having worked with Deb in her previous service on the BOS, I know she will always be prepared, thoughtful and diligent in her consideration of issues. A good listener and always ready to speak her mind, Deb’s presence as the only Democrat on the board will help nurture a healthy and robust discussion of Wilton’s future. Please help assure there is at least one Democrat on the Board of Selectmen. Elect Deb McFadden.

Dick Dubow - Member, Board of Selectmen

McFadden is dedicated: Deborah McFadden’s intelligent, articulate, dedicated voice deserves to be heard as a Wilton selectman. During the 20 years that I have known her as a neighbor and caring community leader she has tirelessly demonstrated her commitment to facilitating a wonderful quality of life for Wilton’s citizens, an open transparent government, and fiscal responsibility. She has the understanding, experience and personality to creatively influence solutions to Wilton’s challenges. The representative effectiveness of our selectmen can only be enhanced by diverse party views. I strongly endorse her candidacy.

 

Dr. Michael Wolfman

McFadden–Tireless Volunteer Dedicated to Getting Things Done. Anyone who has volunteered for our town of Wilton knows there are those key people who work tirelessly to get things done. People whose dedication to making Wilton a strong community never ceases. It is my privilege to know one of these people–Deb McFadden–and to ask for you to vote for her for Board of Selectmen. As a former Selectman, she brings management expertise and experience. Professionally and politically, she is a problem-solver and a champion of tolerance and civility. She will work to grow the town’s tax base so that all Wiltonians, young and old, can feel comfortable staying in the town. Wilton needs a diversity of perspectives on the board, which is another reason why I support Deb McFadden.

 

Jackie Kremer

McFadden open to all concerns: I want to ask you to vote for Deborah McFadden for selectman. She is committed to bettering Wilton. She is open to the concerns of all the residents of Wilton. She brings prior proven experience as a selectman to the board. She has the experience, the skills, and the ability to make a difference on all the issues that will face a community challenged to continue services while facing real fiscal threats.

 

John Kalamarides

McFadden–Problem Solver Who Believes in Bipartisan Cooperation & Solutions. I support Deb McFadden for Wilton Board of Selectmen. Deb is a problem solver who believes in bipartisan cooperation and solutions. She has served Wilton in many roles for years and is dedicated to creating an economic environment that will allow all Wiltonians, young and old, to remain here if they wish. Her perspective, like Democrat Dick Dubow‘s before her, is exactly what the BOS needs.

 

Leslie Holmes

Selectman Michael Kaelin Supports Alper and McFadden for BOS: I support Al Alper and Deb McFadden for the Board of Selectmen because I believe we should have the widest possible diversity of opinions represented on the Board of Selectmen. I do not agree with Al and Deb on every issue, but I know we make better decisions when all points of view are represented and considered, and when we make decisions based upon the merits of the proposal rather than on the person or the party making the proposal. Al and Deb represent very different and very important points of view. Both of them have thought long and hard about the many challenges facing Wilton, and both of them have much to contribute to the solutions. The politics of one party rule has not worked for us in Hartford or in Washington. It will not work for us in Wilton. That is why I support Al and Deb.

Michael P. Kaelin - Member, Board of Selectmen

McFadden Knows How Town Works. In the upcoming election, Deborah McFadden is the best choice for the Board of Selectmen. Her experience in town government as a former Selectman and Constable means Deb knows how our town works. Her community resume is too long to describe here, including service as a board member on the Norwalk River Valley Trail, the Wilton Security Task Force, and the Trackside Teen Center. Obviously, Deb likes to work! Let’s put her to work for Wilton on Election Day.

 

Tom Burgess

McFadden represents us all. This November election in Wilton presents an opportunity to strengthen our town government and provide a strong voice to ensure all residents are represented. Deb McFadden has given countless hours to our town through many volunteer roles to make Wilton a better place. As a trouble-shooter in the Salt Lake City Mayor’s office, she took on and solved the toughest problems. Her passion and experience makes her the ideal candidate for the Board of Selectmen. She represents all of us. With a background  in business development, Deb will work with other selectmen to strengthen Wilton’s economic base. Wilton needs Deb!

 

Victoria Rossi

Deborah Low

Low for schools. I’m proud to support the Democratic candidate for Board of Education nominee, Deb Low. Low has extensive experience in the both the Wilton and Ridgefield public schools, where she has served, over two decades, as teacher, principal, and superintendent, making important improvements wherever she went. The parent of two Wilton school graduates, she has thorough knowledge of the challenges — and potential — of a great school system. We are fortunate to have her as a candidate. Vote Deb Low.

Dan Troph

Former Superintendent of Schools Endorses Low: ‘A Proven Leader’. I recruited Debbie Low for a leadership position in the Wilton Schools in 1987. Over the next 20 years, through her unrelenting advocacy for children, in several leadership positions, Wilton gained recognition as the top school district in Connecticut. Throughout her stellar professional career, Debbie was consistent in demonstrating the human, conceptual and technical skills that are hallmarks of successful leaders. Moreover, by engaging all constituencies she was able to achieve a delicate balance between educational priorities and fiscal prudence. Debbie was my choice 30 years ago; please join me in making her your choice for the Board of Education now.

David Clune, Superintendent of Wilton Schools, 1982-2004

Former School Superintendent Gary Richards Backs Low for Board of Education: I have known Deborah Low for 25 years and can attest to her passion for education and her commitment to putting students first. She understands complex educational issues and has a deep grasp of, and respect for, the roles and responsibilities of members of a board of education. Throughout her distinguished 38-year career in education she demonstrated an ability to work collaboratively and effectively with teachers, students and parents. I can assure you that she would contribute greatly to the important work of the Board of Education and urge you to give her your vote on Nov. 7.

 

Gary G. Richards Superintendent, Wilton Public Schools, 2004-2014

Low and Jeanes will Serve BOE with Commitment. I urge you to vote for Deborah Low and Gretchen Jeanes for Board of Education. Debbie Low, a former school superintendent and a Wilton educator as well as a long-time Wilton resident, brings skill, knowledge, and experience to the Board. Gretchen Jeanes is a parent of school age children who attend Wilton schools. She has served with me as a member of the Miller-Driscoll Building Committee and has proven to be a hard working, intelligent, and dedicated member. Both will serve with commitment.

 

John Kalamarides, Board of Finance

Low for Board of Education. I’m writing to support Deborah Low for the Wilton Board of Education. No candidate in this race or any previous one, I believe, brings the experience and perspective that Deborah does, having served in Wilton schools as teacher and principal and in Ridgefield as superintendent. She has championed improved math and reading instruction as well as greater sensitivity to students’ emotional needs. In Ridgefield she also improved outreach to parents. Deborah Low understands what it will take to keep Wilton schools great.

Leslie Holmes

Low for Board of Ed. Wilton voters should elect Debbie Low to the Board of Education; someone bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to current educational discussions and decisions affecting the quality of education in Wilton. A long-time Wilton resident, Debbie has been an English teacher, assistant and principal of Wilton High School and assistant superintendent. I had the privilege of witnessing her leadership and knowledge of K-12 curriculum, her understanding of assessment data, and her ability to communicate effectively with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and members of the Board of Education. How fortunate every Wilton child will be with Debbie Low on the Board of Education!

Pat Gould

Low has the background. Deborah Low seeks election to the Board of Education. An English teacher, she joined the Wilton Public Schools administration in 1987, became the principal of Wilton High School in 1998, and later became Wilton’s assistant superintendent of schools. She served as superintendent of schools in Ridgefield from 2007 to 2105. Upon retirement in 2015, she chose to give back to her hometown by joining Wilton’s Social Services Commission. Personable and thoughtful, understanding of all points of view, Wilton would be extraordinarily fortunate to have Deb serving our town on the Board of Education. Please join me in making sure she’s elected!

Paul H. Burnham

Low is strongest candidate: There is no stronger candidate for Wilton Board of Education than Deborah Low. Low was a teacher and a principal in Wilton public schools, and superintendent of the Ridgefield public schools. In Ridgefield she improved math and reading instruction and increased attention to the students’ emotional and social needs. Low’s comments at the recent Candidate Forum reflected that experience. They were well-thought-out, nuanced and wise. As she said, “I have lived all aspects of public schooling and I know what it takes to achieve educational excellence.” For that reason I strongly support Deb Low for Board of Education.

 

Peter Squitieri

Gretchen Jeanes

Low and Jeanes will Serve BOE with Commitment. I urge you to vote for Deborah Low and Gretchen Jeanes for Board of Education. Debbie Low, a former school superintendent and a Wilton educator as well as a long-time Wilton resident, brings skill, knowledge, and experience to the Board. Gretchen Jeanes is a parent of school age children who attend Wilton schools. She has served with me as a member of the Miller-Driscoll Building Committee and has proven to be a hard working, intelligent, and dedicated member. Both will serve with commitment.

 

John Kalamarides, Board of Finance

Eric Fanwick

Please support Eric Fanwick for the Wilton Planning and Zoning Commission. Eric brings what that commission requires most in these times of fiscal and developmental challenge: the intelligence and impartiality to weigh all projects in light of what’s best for Wilton, not for any one constituency.

Eric has gained important experience on both the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Water Pollution Control Authority. In addition, he has run his own technology consulting business and knows our challenges well, having lived in town for more than 16 years.

He will do what’s best for Wilton.

Bob Carney

Doris Knapp

Knapp offers wise perspective: I’m writing to support Doris Knapp’s return to the Planning & Zoning Commission, where she has served for a decade. At the Candidate Forum Doris’ experience, common sense and wise perspective stood out. She was the first to suggest multi-use building as a potential solution to challenges in Wilton Center. And her final comment made it clear she understands the difficult balance of development and tradition that faces us: “To remain as we are, we need to grow,” she said. I trust Doris to know what kinds of growth and development suit our community.

 

Bob Carney

Richard Creeth

BOF Member John Kalamarides Endorses Creeth for Re-election to Finance Board: I would like to endorse Richard Creeth, my fellow member of the Board of Finance, for re-election. Richard has done the customary Wilton political route in reverse having served eight years as selectman, then four years on the Board of Finance. He has also served as a charter member and then co-chair of the Energy Commission and as counsel to [first selectmen] Bill Brennan and Lynne Vanderslice on several issues. His work and his thoughts on the Board of Finance are respected by the Republican members as well as yours truly. Please vote for Richard on election day.

 

John Kalamarides