Need for chang­ing lead­er­ship in Old Lyme

The Day - - OPINION -

I have been ap­proached over the last three months by peo­ple in­quir­ing about our town Re­pub­li­can Town Com­mit­tee sup­port for Jude Read and Chris Kerr for our se­lect­men. I have had the plea­sure to serve with both on the Board of Fi­nance, and I have very strong re­spect for their man­age­ment abil­i­ties and their in­de­pen­dent think­ing. We will need both here in Old Lyme as we con­tinue to nav­i­gate large town is­sues.

In the last four years, we have had such ma­jor items as sew­ers, con­trol of health ser­vices, un­sat­is­fac­tory po­lice ser­vice, and blighted prop­er­ties in need of im­prove­ment. In each of th­ese cases, we still need long-term so­lu­tions, af­ter sev­eral years. Many so­lu­tions pro­posed in­volve loss of lo­cal con­trol of what seem to be fun­da­men­tally lo­cal re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for a town our size.

Jude and Chris each have suc­cess­ful small busi­ness ex­pe­ri­ence. Their skills equip them well for the change in lead­er­ship needed to re­duce nonessen­tial ini­tia­tives or grant-driven work and fo­cus on projects iden­ti­fied as pri­or­i­ties by the Old Lyme vot­ers. I urge Old Lyme to join me in vot­ing Nov. 7 for Jude and Chris! J. David Kelsey Chair, Old Lyme Re­pub­li­can Town Com­mit­tee Old Lyme

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