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‘We need Kim’s passion, and compassion’

To the Editor:

I support Kim Fawcett because she is a skilled and passionate representative who cares, truly cares, about her constituents.

Few people know how many telephone calls Kim receives and answers every day, not just during but between legislative sessions. When a constituent issue is not within her domain, she goes out of her way to find the right office or person to address the problem. This is the unseen part of public service, and it demonstrates Kim’s sincerity.

In fact, it was Kim Fawcett who stressed for me the importance of personally talking to as many constituents as I could as I sought to represent District 5 on our Representative Town Meeting; of thanking every single person whose door I knocked; and of keeping that contact alive after the campaign was won. This advice was not the product of a campaign manual; it came from her sincere ambition to better people’s lives.

There are specific achievements of Kim’s that have improved our landscape. One is the legislative bill enabling doctors in Connecticut to diagnose and treat Lyme disease without fear of professional censure. Imagine doctors being punished for telling patients what their illness is and how to manage it! Yet Kim had to battle deep pockets and powerful lobbies for doctors to attain this basic freedom.

Kim also recognizes the importance of and is a leading advocate for strengthening our transportation infrastructure, especially in Southwestern Connecticut. As a long-time Metro-North commuter, I witnessed the steady deterioration of rail cars, increasingly packed peak hour trains, and congestion/pollution on I-95. Hartford has been slow to recognize that starving our highways and public transportation drives business, and therefore desperately needed revenue, out of our state.

We need Kim’s passion, and compassion. We need her genuine interest in people’s welfare. We need her honesty. Please join me to re-elect her on Nov. 6.

 

Ann Stamler

RTM District 5

Fairfield

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