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Letter to the Editor: Bob Siegrist, a Caring, Experienced Legislator who Listens

The views stated here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the editors of this newspaper. Submitted Oct. 13, 2020.
It is an honor and privilege for me to support Bob Siegrist as our next 36th District State Representative serving the towns of Chester, Deep River, Essex and Haddam.   I have known Bob since 2014, when he initially entered politics on the state level.  His roots run deep in our District, as he has been a long time resident of Haddam, and he has worked in our area towns.
As our State Representative from 2016-2018, Bob was a dedicated, accessible, caring legislator and had a 100% voting record, never missing a vote or committee meeting.   He focused on issues which impacted our local area.  As the Town Treasurer of Deep River in 2017, I witnessed this first hand amidst the State budget crisis.  Bob fought hard in securing the additional $500,000 which was needed to complete the 18 unit addition at Kirtland Commons, Deep River’s affordable elderly housing project.  Bob worked closely with Joanne Hourigan, the Director of the Deep River Housing Authority, hitting numerous roadblocks, but sticking with this project until the additional funds were secured and the project was completed.  Bob was always available when needed and he demonstrated professionalism, yet did not back down when faced with bureaucracy.   Thank you Representative Siegrist for your efforts in securing the funds to make this addition a reality.
As a local resident, Bob shares many of the values we share.  Our concerns are his concerns.   He has a clear understanding of how difficult it can be to live on a limited income and how working families struggle financially through no fault of their own.  Bob sees the need for affordable housing, not only for seniors and disabled individuals, but those growing up in our community that can no longer afford to stay here.
If you have not met Bob,  I encourage you to do so before the election.  He will serve us well, focusing on issues impacting the towns of the 36th District.  Bob Siegrist, a caring, experienced legislator who listens.  On November 3rd, “BRING BOB BACK.”  Thank you for your consideration.
Tom Lindner

Deep River

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