Ross Tartell for Board of Selectmen

 I am running for the Board of Selectmen because Wilton is at a crossroads. Our world is changing, and Wilton needs to responddecisively. While we must be fiscally responsible, it’s beyond question that we have strong assets that enable us to invest in our schools, expand our grand list and keep Wilton a place families want to call home.

My wife Karen and I have lived in Wilton for 30 years and raised our son here. Serving our community has always been important to me, and it’s been my honor to be active in many of the organizations that are vital to our town’s success. I chaired longrange planning teams in the Wilton Schools for 22 yearsand I have now been a Fire Commissioner for five years.

I believe my professional background qualifies me to be of real service on the Board of Selectmen. I spent 18 years at Pfizer, where my last position was heading Leadership Development for North America. At GE Capital, I was involved with Leadership and Communications. I currently have my own consulting firm, specializing in executive coaching. I have anM.Ed., MBA, and Ph.D. and teach a graduate course at Columbia on managing change.

My career has been dedicated to helping people find common ground and creating plans that will enable them to succeed. Ill use those skills to enable our community to make sound strategic choices that will benefit us now and in the long term.

My priorities will be:

  • Responsibly investing in Wilton’s focus on education,children and families.
  • Growing our grand list and ensuring a wide enough range of housing to meet the needs of millennials, seniors and growing families.
  • Strengthening public/private partnerships with not-for-profits and volunteers that provide the leadership critical to Wilton’s success.

The Democratic candidates are veterans in service to the town, people who are incredibly competent and always willing to support new ideas and perspectives. And that is what Wilton needs – fresh ideas and the vision to meet challenging times.

As I seek to serve Wilton in a new capacity, I make this promise:I am committed to doing everything in my power to keep Wiltona vibrant and attractive community that is familyfriendly, accommodating to business, and a place where we are optimistic about the future. In short, I will do what it takes so that Wilton remains one of the best towns in Connecticut.