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A Role Model Local Politician

Published: October 10, 2017 at 12:00 am

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To The Editor:

I am writing this letter to endorse Jim Gaston for re-election to the Newtown Board of Finance. As a current seated member of the finance board, I have been a firsthand witness to Mr Gaston's work. Jim diligently researches topics between our meetings and he comes to the table with both detailed analysis and proposals. He is a great listener during deliberations, yet he is not afraid to take a stance with his own ideas toward continuous improvement within our community.

Jim's experience speaks for itself, including 14 years on the Board of Finance, four years on the Board of Selectman, and various other capacities of volunteerism in Newtown. I have observed his leadership amongst the team as both chairperson and vice chair of the Board of Finance. Even with his extensive experience, Jim continues to challenge the status quo and the traditional mindset. Jim Gaston is a primary advocate for "Facts First" and data-driven decisionmaking. He is a big supporter of a strong school system with efficient spending. Specifically, Jim has displayed his critical thinking and analytical skills toward the Senior Tax Relief Program as well as the Debt Policy, and of course our annual budget process and five-year Capital Improvement Plan.

I truly hope Newtown comes together in support of re-electing Jim Gaston to the Board of Finance; but most of all, I just want to say thank you. Thank you, Mr Gaston, for your years of service. Thank you for your leadership within the community. Thank you for being a role model local politician and all-around outstanding human being.

Kindly,
Aaron Carlson, Newtown Board of Finance
2 Old Farm Hill Road, Newtown         October 10, 2017

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This Week's Poll

Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is presenting or coordinating on six weeks of special events. Which event are you looking forward to the most? (Visit our Features page for a full story with details about all of these events.)

“In The Bag” exhibition, on view to September 28
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The Lords of 52nd Street concert, September 14
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Newtown Arts Festival weekend, September 15-16
50% (1 vote)
“An Evening of the Arts,” September 15
50% (1 vote)
“The Fox on the Fairway” production by Town Players of Newtown, weekends September 21-October 13
0% (0 votes)
“The Main Street Replica Project,” launching September 25
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Someday Cinema Series screenings of “The Blues Brothers,” September 30
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Photography display “In Our Rearview Mirror” by Marleen Cafarelli, et al, October 1-30
0% (0 votes)
“Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb” with Tinky Weisblat, October 3
0% (0 votes)
Newtown Day, October 6
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The 3rd Annual Newtown-Sandy Hook Restaurant Week, October 8-14
0% (0 votes)
Basket weaving workshop with Tina Puckett, October 13
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“Courageous Conversations in A Complex World,” October 17
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Live at ETH: David Wax Museum concert, October 19
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The 2nd Annual Fall Carnival at Fairfield Hills, October 19-21
0% (0 votes)
Connecticut Author’s Reading Series, October 21
0% (0 votes)
Natalie’s Open Mic, October 21
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“The Wordsmiths,” October 24
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Pianist Konstanza Chernov, October 28
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Someday Cinema Series double feature screenings of “Bride of Frankenstein” and “The Beast with Five Fingers,” October 29
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Total votes: 2