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Westport Letter: To Know Helen Garten Is To Endorse Her

Westport Democrat Helen Garten is running for first selectman in November's election.
Westport Democrat Helen Garten is running for first selectman in November's election. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. – The Westport Daily Voice accepts signed letters to the editor. Send letters to westport@dailyvoice.com.

To the Editor:

I have been a lifelong registered Republican. This has not, however, prevented me from supporting Democratic candidates when their qualifications are as strong as those of Helen Garten.

I was fortunate to meet Helen when she was the Chair of the Finance Committee and de facto Chair of the several Westport pension boards and committees of which I was a member (having first been appointed in November 2006 as a resident member and reappointed for two subsequent three-year terms). Helen impressed me with her fierce protection of Westport’s financial position, tempered by a respect and sensitivity for the individuals whose pensions were being reviewed.

Only rarely have I inserted myself into the political process. In fact, the last time was in the late 1980s when I was involved with the candidacy of former Sen. Bill Bradley. I bring this up because, with the exception only of playing basketball at an NBA Championship level, the qualities I found to be so very attractive in the senator – intelligence, integrity, fiscally prudent, socially aware and responsive to the needs of others less fortunate, and a genuine ability to work with people on all sides of an issue – are the very same qualities that I observed in Helen Garten for the three years that we served together on the several pension boards.

Helen would make for a highly effective and totally committed first selectman; of whom the entire town would be proud.

Edward Brennan

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