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Letter to the Editor: Dear Killingworth Neighbors

The views stated here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the editors of this newspaper. We welcome supporting or opposing views on any published item. Received November 1, 2021.

Dear Killingworth Neighbors,

Tomorrow, we will finally go to the polls to elect town officials. Please make a plan to come out and vote to keep Killingworth strong. Let’s not let a few loud voices make crucial decisions for all of us.

Over the last two years, we have seen mutual respect and cooperation between the parties fall victim to partisan personal attacks. This isn’t Killingworth. Let’s vote to preserve the spirit of respect and cooperation that we could count on in the past.

The Town Charter is the law of Killingworth, and the Town Charter says clearly that a selectman may not hold another town office.  The Board of Education is regional, but its members are elected by town, sworn in by the town clerk of the town they represent, and, if they leave before the end of a term, the vacancy is filled by a Town Meeting. These aren’t legal technicalities. They are plain facts that make it clear that a Board of Education member is a town official. This reading of the Charter has nothing to do with a candidate’s record of public service.

Unfortunately, Blewett vs Town of Killingworth et al. will likely cost the taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars to defend a Charter that was voted on and passed by townspeople three times.

If you have not already voted absentee, please read up on the Row A candidates in these final hours before you cast your vote in person.  You can do this on our website, on our Facebook page, on our Instagram account, and by reading the many supportive Letters to the Editor in Haddam-Killingworth Now and The Source.  Hands down, our slate has the experience, energy, good judgment, and ability to work well with others that all voters should find compelling.

Let’s keep our eyes on the issues. Solutions shouldn’t be based on personality.

Annie Stirna
Killingworth DTC Chair
Candidate for Re-Election to Board of Finance
Resident of Killingworth

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