LETTER: Kiley has 22 years of service to Fairfield

Please consider voting for Kiley on June 6

To the Editor:

I am writing to publicly ask my fellow Fairfield citizens to consider voting for Kevin Kiley for Board of Selectman in the special election on Tuesday June 6.

Here is why I have decided to vote for Kevin Kiley: If he is not elected, it is very likely that our prized educational system will be subjected to budget cuts in the next two years that could set us on a downward cycle that could take years or even decades to reverse. Ultimately both the quality of education our children receive and our property values will suffer.  

Our Board of Selectmen is composed of 3 members, the First Selectman, Mike Tetreau, and two other selectmen, currently Christopher Tymniak and Edward Bateson. Mr. Tetreau and Mr.Tymniak were elected in November 2015 and will serve through November 2019. Mr. Bateson was appointed by the republican party when his elected predecessor resigned with 3 years left in her term.  Fairfield voters petitioned through a state statute for a special election to be held to have a special election, and after a contentious battle, the vote was set for June 6th, 2017.  

Kevin Kiley is the democratic candidate. Mr. Kiley has 22 years of service to Fairfield including on the Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance. He has a proven record of being fiscally careful, but supporting the Board Of Education (BOE) budgets.

The Board of Selectmen has the power to adjust the BOE budget each year. If Mr. Kiley loses this election, Mr. Bateson and Mr. Tymniak together will have the power to make significant cuts to our Board Of Education budget over the next two budget cycles (2018 and 2019). Both have a record of cutting BOE funding often in a short- sighted way.

Many of us who follow the Board of Education agree that while Fairfield schools remain wonderful we are at a tipping point.  For many of the past several years our BOE- approved budgets have been cut during the town budgeting process. Thanks to the skill, savvy and determination of our wonderful administration and teachers we have been able to do more with less, and the Fairfield school system remains a sought after “bargain”. However, the system has been stretched thin, and after years of cuts to budgets, there simply is not much fat left to trim. Two years of additional cuts could leave us with potentially devastating changes.

In addition to the practical reasons above, I find Mr. Bateson’s and Mr. Tymniak’s conduct over the past few months to be despicable. I still cling naively to the idea that our elected officials should represent the people and should showcase honesty, integrity, and compassion. Mr. Bateson and Mr. Tymniak both opposed the call for the special election, deliberately ignoring a petition signed by over 3000 Fairfield voters. Furthermore, as I watched the events unfold and listened to these men speak, I was struck by their arrogance, rudeness, lack of judgement, and disdain for many of their constituents.  We are stuck with Mr. Tymniak until November 2019, but we have the chance to vote Mr. Bateson out on June 6th, 2017.

In contrast, as I have listened to Mr. Kiley, and have heard from those who have served with him, I am left with the impression of a man who focuses on what is right for the town and the people, balancing fiscal responsibility with the immediate and long term needs of the town. His voting record speaks for itself, but his words and action confirm his competence and focus.

So, please consider voting for Kevin Kiley on June 6th.

Monique Sudikoff

Fairfield resident since 2002

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