LETTER: Fiorello Has Smarts and Determination

Submitted by Valerie Stauffer, Greenwich

The citizens of the 149th District of Greenwich need Kimberly Fiorello in Hartford. She has the smarts and the determination to change the downward spiral of the past twelve years of Democratic leadership of Connecticut. The Democratic party has had control of both houses and the gubernatorial post during the past decade. During these years, residents and corporations have fled the state, not only for Florida but as in the case of GE, for our neighbor, Massachusetts.

As former chairman of District 7 RTM, I have known Kimberly well since she has represented the district for several terms.

Kimberly is a “do-er.” She will work to decrease the onerous taxes and regulations that have driven residents and corporations from our state. Even the in past year, our state of Connecticut voted for 17 new taxes- on digital downloads, restaurant take-out, dry cleaning bills, and an array of other taxes that fall on all of us, especially middle and lower income brackets.

Kimberly lobbied in Hartford to try to defeat the police bill that was recently passed. It exposes individual members of local police departments to lawsuits, frivolous as well as serious. Since our police men and women should not be responsible for carrying their individual liability insurance, towns, such as Greenwich, are paying for their insurance coverage. And those costs fall on— you, the taxpayers of the community. The Silver Shield, the organization representing the Greenwich Police Department, for the first time has endorsed a candidate to represent the 149th District, Kimberly Fiorello.

Kimberly’s background is impressive. She grew up in South Korea and moved to Washington, D.C., when her father was appointed to a position in the Pentagon. She attended West Point and transferred to Harvard where she majored in economics. As she says, her “first job was at Salomon Brothers; her most exciting job was as a reporter in Hong Kong for the Wall Street Journal; her hardest job was in the kitchen at Wallse restaurant in NYC; and her most rewarding job is being a wife and mom.” She and her husband are the parents of four school-age children.

Kimberly Fiorello will carry on Livvy Floren’s outstanding efforts to bring rational financial controls to Connecticut. Those of us who live in the 149th district in Greenwich and north Stamford need a voice in Hartford to change the abysmal financial situation that confronts Connecticut residents.

Vote for Kimberly Fiorello, on both the Republican and Independent rows, on November 3.

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