Mike Kaelin’s Journey from Republican to Democrat
Part 1: Why I left the Republican Party
Mike Kaelin, Democratic candidate for Wilton’s Board of Finance, has been a standout member of Wilton’s town government for many years. In Part 1 of the September 10 episode of the Lisa Wexler Show, broadcast on Fairfield Talk Radio, Mike discusses the circumstances that led to his departure from the Republican Party in 2016.
Part 2: Why I became a Democrat
In Part 2, Mike discusses his decision to join the Democratic party and run for the Board of Finance as a Democrat.
I am running for the Board of Finance with Kevin Gardiner, Jung Soo Kim, and Chris Stroup to ensure that everyone in our community is represented on the board – people with kids in the schools and people without kids in the school – people who are new to town and people who have lived in town for years. We need to support our schools and our seniors.
We need to make sure everyone is heard and we need to be responsible stewards of our town’s financial resources. However, we cannot be pennywise and pound foolish. We cannot lose sight of what makes Wilton such a special place to live – a place where we invest in ourselves and where we invest for the long term. We need to continue to enhance the things in town that brought us here to begin with and we need to grow the grand list.
We can do all of this without over burdening ourselves if we do it together. One person cannot do this alone. Our town is meant to be governed by all of us. We elect our fellow citizens to boards and commissions to develop our budgets and bonding proposals, but the ultimate authority to approve or disapprove these proposal is vested in every registered voter and every property owner at the Town Meeting.
I am running for the Board of Finance with Kevin Gardiner, Jung Soo Kim, and Chris Stroup to insure that the views of every registered voter and every property owner are heard and considered by the Board of Finance, and that all of the actions of the Board of Finance are guided by the views of the people the board members are elected to represent.