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Letter: Westport Needs Lasersohn's Experience

WESTPORT, Conn. – The following letter was submitted by Westport resident and Board of Education member Michael McGovern.

In January of this year I had the pleasure of serving on the Republican Town Committee subcommittee charged with recommending a replacement on the Board of Finance for Charlie Haberstroh, who had recently assumed the role of Westport Selectman. Our committee interviewed many fine candidates, but ultimately unanimously recommended Tom Lasersohn for the job.

Tom's financial experience gained through a long distinguished career in investment banking, his ability to understand and problem-solve complex issues, and his commitment to working collaboratively for the betterment of Westport made him the right person for the job. Over the past ten months, Tom has proven again and again that we made the right choice.

Westport needs Tom's energy, intellect and experience over the next four years to meet the financial challenges we face while maintaining and improving the value of our town's assets. As a Board of Education member, I am especially encouraged by Tom's commitment to supporting our excellent school system. Tom and his wife Helen have two young children in the Westport schools, and this long-term perspective is especially critical as the Board of Education and Board of Finance must work together to ensure we successfully manage and grow the value of the Westport taxpayer's investment in our schools.

I encourage all Westport voters to elect Tom Lasersohn, and the two other Republican Board of Finance Candidates, John Pincavage and Michael Rea, on Nov. 8.

Michael J. McGovern

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