As has been written recently, the races for town office should be focused on electing the best candidates.
For first selectman and treasurer, the best candidates are Kit Devereaux and Rob Fryer respectively, who happen to be Democrats.
A growing number of Republicans have come to that conclusion as well.
Kit has been an active leader in nearly all facets of our town, and has served with distinction, grace, wisdom and a spirit of collaboration. Unlike her opponent’s divisive actions (remember his commuting flyer in which he called us “suits” vs. “townies,” and as a sitting Town Council member going around the Town Council leadership team to force an agenda item), Kit has always been a model of decorum, fairness and cooperation across all political parties and around town. Kit is the leader this town needs.
This year we also have the opportunity to elect a new treasurer. Rob Fryer has the best combination of experience as a CPA with Deloitte (focusing extensively on internal controls) and as a board member on corporate and nonprofit boards. We desperately need this sort of mature, experienced leadership in our treasurer role.
As the current chairman of the Board of Finance, I can assure you that the next two budgets will be very difficult and stressful. This lifelong Republican will be voting for the strong, yet collaborative leadership of Kit and Rob. I encourage all Republicans to consider these two Democrats for these races.
Chairman, Board of Finance (Republican)