Brand new leadership needed in Hartford

To the Editor:

Sue Brand has given us 20 years of honesty, intelligence and leadership, all of which have had a positive impact in Fairfield. Sue is the kind of leader who is already working to solve the problem, while others still don’t know if they really want to deal with it. She definitely deserves our vote for state representative in the 132nd District.

Sue Brand protected the teachers and students at Tomlinson Middle School while it was under construction. She realized that the original traffic layout at the school would be dangerous during construction, and worked with Town Engineer Bill Hurley and others to change it.

When a radon test in one classroom was six times the EPA limit, she called for school-wide testing. When the test was conducted improperly, Brand consulted the EPA to confirm specific testing requirements, and made sure subsequent tests followed the protocols. In the end, the school’s air quality was improved, and the testing company received additional training, which was great for everyone.

But, she didn’t stop there. Sue served as an advisory member on the Temporary Building Construction Study Committee formed to clarify authority over building committees. To protect all schools, Brand wrote the PTA protocols for Occupied Renovation & Building Committee Safety & Security Practices, adopted by the Board of Selectmen in 2007, now part of every Fairfield PTAs rules.

More recently, on the Board of Education, in a 7-2 vote in June, Sue Brand said no to the superintendent’s raise and bonus, believing it was inappropriate because school programs and services had been cut and not reinstated.

Sue established that school building designs require approval from the entire Board of Education, rather than just the chairman. She advocated for compliance with board policy to require monthly financial reporting.

Sue Brand established that the board get a professional estimator to provide costs of non-recurring school projects, though it is not being consistently followed. She also established the use of a written document for evaluating the superintendent.

Sue’s leadership in Hartford will benefit all of us. She will drill down into the details. Sue will work to create jobs, small businesses, and a highly educated workforce in growing areas like health care, bio sciences and engineering. And she will reduce unnecessary business regulations, while making sure consumers are protected.

If you want brand new leadership in Hartford, vote for Sue on Nov. 6.

 

Coralee Reiss

Fairfeld

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