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Dear New Canaan Residents,
Two years ago, I ran for a seat on the Board of Education. Not only did I have skin in the game with four kids in the schools, but we were in the midst of some pretty challenging times, and I thought I could be additive.
To be frank, the political climate was fraught and rather unpleasant. In my estimation, events far from New Canaan and having nothing to do with New Canaan were being used as justification for considering a bevy of ideas that would have been wrong for our town. Not only could some of these ideas have negatively impacted some of the district’s greatest achievements, such as our long and storied history of exceptional academic performance, but they might also have had other, more significant implications downstream from that. There are legions of young parents who moved to New Canaan, some of them stretching or taking on considerable financial risk to do so, precisely because they wanted to provide their children with an excellent education that would prepare them to achieve academically, go to a great college, and prosper and thrive professionally. For some of these families in our community, there is no margin for error. And in my view, they should be the first people we think about when we consider making major policy changes in the schools.
Fortunately that moment from 2021 has passed, temperatures have cooled, and the schools remain focused on academic achievement—ensuring that every New Canaan student has the tools they need to succeed both personally and professionally. But make no mistake…there will be other moments. Perhaps difficult ones. It takes courage to stand up in those moments against the prevailing political winds and remind people both of our district’s winning formula and the substantial risks associated with deviating from that formula. I’ve watched Hugo Alves do this over the past two years as a board member time and time again. He’s stood shoulder to shoulder with me on a host of tough issues, and has shown unwavering commitment to New Canaan families. I hope voters allow us to stand together again. I’m also encouraged by the candidacies of Matt Campbell, Lara Kelly and Matt Wexler. All of them asked tough questions and relentlessly advocated on behalf of New Canaan kids during the misguided Covid lockdowns and mask mandates. I have zero doubt that all four of them will work well with our superintendent and administrators, and continue to put New Canaan kids first.
Please vote Row B for the Board of Education.
I’m writing to support and endorse Amy Murphy Carroll for First Selectman for the town of New Canaan. I have known Amy for many years in several capacities. As a mother, soccer mom and friend. She is well educated, has had a successful business career and is very intelligent. OK, so I may have just described most of the women here in New Canaan, so let me tell you why I think she will be a good First Selectman:
Aside from her many town-oriented volunteer activities, serving on committees and her service to the town on the Finance Committee, I have personally worked with and seen Amy in business settings (several times) and have gained a deep respect for her. She is a fair-minded, clear-thinking professional who respects people and provides leadership without a heavy hand. She is someone I would trust to execute due and accurate process, while never shying away from asking the necessary tough questions.
She will hit the ground running, ready to go on day one given her extensive involvement with the budget, so she will not need a learning curve.
From my view she is the most qualified candidate.
I know she shares our love of New Canaan and will strive to give us her very best without using “politics” as a crutch or hinderance. I truly believe that she is very capable and qualified to run and manage this town, and I know she will be inclusive, determined and forthright.
Amy Murphy Carroll will be an excellent choice as a First Selectman!
I strongly Support Dionna Carlson for First Selectman and encourage everyone to do the same. Dionna and I served on the Board of Education together. At the time, I was the Vice-Chairman and she was Secretary. I saw first-hand how Dionna was able to get to the crux of an issue with clarity. Her comments were not the disingenuous fawning one can see when dealing with an administration but compassionate, honest, intelligent, well thought through and prepared. Dionna’s extraordinary grasp of complex issues like the employee medical insurance with its wide ranging financial ramifications and myriad possibilities allowed us to identify areas to curtail spending without damaging consequences to the teachers. Dionna often carried the burden of research and presented information in a clear way that answered questions and built consensus. The hours Dionna spent and her commitment we second to none.
I know that, as first selectman, Dionna will continue to serve our community with the same diligent, intellectual, compassionate, competent and agreeable approach.
Please join me in voting for Dionna Carlson for First Selectman.