Letter: Former GOP BOE member backs Envision Shelton alderman candidates

Below is a Letter to the Editor from this week's Shelton Herald. If you'd like to have a letter to the editor run next week, email letters to brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com

Below is a Letter to the Editor from this week's Shelton Herald. If you'd like to have a letter to the editor run next week, email letters to brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com

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To the Editor:

As a former Republican Board of Education member, I have a vast amount of experience working with many of those who currently occupy seats on our Board of Aldermen. We agreed on all the core Republican values — a friendly business environment, low taxes, and responsible spending that lives within our means. You would think that this level of agreement would make for a strong team that can leave politics at the door and get goals accomplished for our residents, and that’s what I thought, too. Unfortunately, I was mistaken.

Even though we shared the same party, the majority of Aldermen were always distant. The Aldermen have preconceived notions about how Board of Education finances worked and little interest in engaging in conversation with those who actually were serving on the BOE, overseeing school administration and financials weekly (the two notable exceptions were former Alderman Jim Capra and current Alderman David Gidwani). This leadership led to numerous misunderstandings and lawsuits that fed division and wasted taxpayer dollars.

Shelton needs a mayor like David Eldridge and a bipartisan group of members on our Board of Aldermen who are committed to working with members of all boards, commissions, and City departments to understand their budgets and subsequent needs — not just assume they understand when in reality they don’t. Leadership that is committed to this type of collaboration will promote efficiency and transparency when spending taxpayer dollars, and will avoid costly lawsuits and litigation. For these reasons and more, I am supporting the David Eldridge and Envision Shelton candidates David Gidwani, Michele Bialek, Chris Jones, Matt McGee, Michelle Laubin, and Mandy Kilmartin for Aldermen this year. I have worked with David, Michelle Laubin, and Mandy, as a member of the BOE, and can vouch for their integrity and commitment to honest Government and bipartisan collaboration. I have gotten to know Michele Bialek, Chris, and Matt over the years through community events and the Vote No on Charter campaign, and can vouch for their dedication to community service and improving Shelton for the better.

David Eldridge and all six of these bipartisan Envision Shelton candidates would be a breath of fresh air for our city and I urge you to give them your vote Nov. 2.

Anne Gaydos

Shelton