Letter: Shelton Dems welcome Feehan to BOE, set record straight on votes

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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Dems welcome Feehan, clarify votes

The Democratic members of the Shelton Board of Education would like to welcome James Feehan to his newly appointed position on our board. We read with interest the Jan. 12 Shelton Herald article and letter to the editor that were typical as far as announcement articles go until the following statement was made: "The charter only allows five members of any one party to be on the Board of Education although all the Republican candidates received more votes than their Democrat opponents."

We are trying to clarify the information that was printed to reflect that several Democratic candidates on the current BOE received more votes than their Republican counterparts and all Democratic candidates finished above the last places on the ballot. This inaccurately portrayed the outcome of that municipal election.

It is important to note that the current 5/4 party split on the BOE provides the foundation for bipartisan negotiation and collaboration. Our board has successfully navigated a difficult budget season and a challenging health pandemic putting our students' needs first and party politics a distant last by working together. We are sure Mr. Feehan will use his knowledge and past service to the town of Stratford in his newly appointed position on the Shelton Board of Education. We welcome his input and his participation in our active bipartisan environment that has been successful in the past through the hard work of all of its vested members.

Kate Kutash, Diana Meyer, Patti Moonan, Lorraine Rossner

Democrat Board of Education members