LETTER: Millington’s comments hyper-partisan and divisive

Letter-to-the-EditorNEWTo the Editor:

The Fairfield Democratic Town Committee (DTC) recently embraced 3 former Republicans as members of the Democratic party. These individuals, Carolyn Trabuco, Kevin Kiley and John Convertito, are prominent town advocates for education and fiscal responsibility.

After the DTC issued a press release welcoming these individuals, an article on the topic featured quotes from Republican Town Committee Chair Jamie Millington. I found Mr. Millington’s comments to be hyper-partisan and divisive.

I’m unsure why Mr. Millington chose to respond this way. As an active and committed Democrat, I welcome discussion (including disagreement) within my party surrounding the key issues that face our town. As a former member of the RTM and the Board of Selectmen, and as a current member of the Board of Finance, I especially appreciate hearing from town officials and leaders across the aisle with different perspectives, as this is how informed dialogue, decision-making and democracy occur.

Apparently, many Fairfield voters share this view; witness the success of the recent petition drive to hold a special election for a Board of Selectmen seat. During this petition drive, many residents agreed that they should have a voice in choosing their Selectman, and are eager to hear the different candidates’ perspectives. As such, as we begin this campaign, I would encourage all Fairfielders to reject narrow partisanship and bombast, and instead focus on the substance of what is being said.

In the end, regardless of party, integrity, thoughtfulness and dialogue should resonate. In the meantime, welcome Carolyn, Kevin and John.

Sheila Marmion

Fairfield

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