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Final Letters to the Editor on Darien Elections

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Here are the final letters to the editor about candidates for election:

A note from the editor: Apologies for publishing these letters so late. I’ve been sick for weeks (but getting better, slowly) and didn’t have the energy to get them published earlier. — David Gurliacci

Klein’s Experience in Business Will Help in State Legislature

To the editor:

While serving as Darien’s First Selectwoman, Evonne Klein knew it wasn’t enough to just talk about a problem, you actually had to do something to fix it.  She brought a non-partisan approach to getting things done, and today, our town is better off for it. As our next state representative, her husband, Randy Klein, will bring the same solutions-oriented approach to state government.  Instead of talking about traffic congestion and blaming others for our budget deficits, Randy will bring his decades of experience as a business owner in the transportation field to the table to deliver results for Darien. His plan to consolidate government resources, cap the governor’s bonding authority and re-negotiate the State’s most costly pension obligations will go a long way to fixing our budget.  Lets elect Randy Klein for State Representative on Nov.

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Letters to the Editor on the Klein/Wood Contest for State Representative

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Darienite.com accepts letters to the editor about candidates running for office in the Nov. 8 election, but only up through the end of the day on Halloween, Oct. 31. Email your letter to dave@darienite.com. These letters about the election recently were sent regarding the election in the 141st state House of Representatives district:
Klein Would Be Better at Balancing CT’s Budget
To the editor:

Complaining about issues is easy.

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More Letters on the Wood/Klein Race

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More letters to the editor about State Rep. Terrie Wood, a Republican, and her challenger, Democrat Randy Klein (deadline for election letters is end of day Oct. 31):
Klein Will Be Good for Education
To the editor:

Darien receives education dollars from the state through the Education Cost Sharing and Excess Cost Grant systems. Last May, cuts in funding proposed at the last minute, rightfully raised the concern of parents, elected officials, students and teachers in our school district. These cuts were eventually restored, but with the current state of the budget, there is no guarantee that Darien, Rowayton or Norwalk will be left untouched by future cuts or changes in how the above-referenced systems allocate funds. The Education Cost Sharing system is ripe for reform, and we will need a seat at the table when it is reformed. More importantly, the money we receive through the Excess Cost Grant system to defray the costs of special education, must be protected.

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More Letters to the Editor on the Klein/Wood Race for State Representative

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Darienite.com accepts letters to the editor about candidates running for office in the Nov. 8 election, but only up through the end of the day on Halloween, Oct. 31. Email your letter to dave@darienite.com. These letters about the election recently were sent regarding the election in the 141st state House of Representatives district:

Randy Klein Knows the Importance of Funding Transportation Infrastructure
To the editor:

Its easy to talk about fixing our transportation infrastructure.  While politicians are busy blaming each other for the problem, the rest of us are stuck in traffic, or waiting for a delayed train.

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Letters to the Editor on Wood vs Klein in Race for 141st State Rep District

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Darienite.com will accept letters to the editor about candidates running for office in the Nov. 8 election, but only up through the end of the day on Halloween, Oct. 31. Email your letter to dave@darienite.com. These letters about the election recently came in:
Trust the Republican, Wood, to Improve Connecticut, Not the Democrat, Klein
To the editor,

Many of Darien’s taxpayers know that in the years of my serving on the Darien Board of Finance, I repeatedly warned the town’s citizens that the time would come when the financial situation in Hartford was so abysmal that Darien would have to go it alone when it came to receiving any state grants or cost-sharing.

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Letter: Rep Wood at Forefront Addressing State Problems, Local Causes

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To the editor:

I’d like to offer a little quiz to your readers to give a sense of how much State Rep. Terrie Wood does for our town:

Do your kids go to (or did they go to) our top-rated public schools? Do you enjoy our parks, beaches and beautiful open spaces? Do you shop at or own one of the hundreds of vibrant small businesses in the area? Have you supported or benefitted from the multitude of community social services? Assuming the answer is “Yes” to most if not all of these questions gives one a sense of the significant and positive impact that Terrie Wood has had on this community, not only as our state representative but also as a mother, volunteer, community leader and former business owner.

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Letter: Re-electing Terrie Wood Will Help Fix Our Transportation Challenges

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To the editor:

I just bought a car that got me thinking about driving in this area of Connecticut. Getting around can be frustrating…congestion is overwhelming at times…noise and pollution aside. Costs on Metro-North are going up. There’s talk of tolls in Hartford. While some recent progress has been made on the Merritt and I-95, just try to get anywhere during rush hour.

Randy Klein 3-28-16

Randy Klein Calls on State Rep Terrie Wood to Denounce Trump

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Randy Klein, candidate for state representative in the 141st state assembly district challenged his opponent to join him in denouncing Republican candidate Donald Trump’s campaign for President in advance of Trump’s rally in Fairfield on Saturday. 

“Earlier this summer, I was proud to stand with my friends and neighbors here in Darien against Donald Trump’s dangerous, hateful and bigoted campaign.  Now that he is right in our backyard it is time for all of us, including my opponent Terrie Wood, to do the same. Remarkably, Ms. Wood has remained silent while her party’s nominee for president’s reckless rhetoric has divided our country, denigrated our troops and endangered many of our citizens at home and abroad.”

In June Klein, along with other members of the Darien community, denounced Trump’s conduct as a candidate for the presidency. ________________

— This is an announcement from Randy Klein’s campaign. ________________

“I said it then and I will say it again: hatred and bigotry are not Darien or Rowayton values. Former Congressman Christopher Shays understands this, which is why he recently announced his intention to vote for Secretary Clinton in November.

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Letter in Support of Terrie Wood: ‘Thoughtful Leadership and Respectful Governing’

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To the editor:
If you were new to Fairfield County, didn’t follow local politics or have been living under the huge pile of Dan Malloy’s taxes, you might wonder why Terrie Wood normally runs for re-election unopposed or ponder her large margins of victory over opponents when they dare. 
What’s clear is that among numerous specifics, what stands out about Terrie is her thoughtful leadership and respectful governing.  In what has become a divisive electorate in our state and nationwide, aren’t those the qualities you would prefer to have represent you in Hartford? Despite the damaging fiscal mess Democrats, who control both legislative chambers and the governor’s office, have left us with, there are still positive attributes to living in Connecticut — and certainly in Darien or Rowayton. Without Terrie’s representation, those positives will continue to disappear along with GE and many other businesses and residents that have left the state because of harmful anti-business policies, record tax increases and Hartford’s desire to use fiscally responsible towns like Darien as their unlimited cash-cow. I have known Terrie for years including working along side her during four years I spent in town government and she has always proven to be a voice of reason that will fight for continued fiscal responsibility and thoughtful legislation that will attract new business and provide necessary social services. I feel fortunate to call Terrie my friend.  I feel safe and exceptionally represented to call her my voice in Hartford.

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Letter: Why I Nominated State Rep. Terrie Wood for Re-Election at the GOP Convention

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To the editor:
On Monday, May 16, I attended the Republican State House Representative Convention and had the privilege of nominating Terrie Wood for a fifth term as the state representative for District 141, which includes Rowayton and most of Darien. Personally, I was relieved and grateful Terrie was willing to serve as our State Representative for another term, as I have consistently been impressed by her energy, her enthusiasm, her passion for the job, her bipartisan approach to solving problems, and most important, her sincere and never-ending efforts to represent all of her constituents in District 141, regardless of their political affiliation. Always the optimist, Terrie genuinely believes Connecticut’s current fiscal problems can be mitigated and turned around, and she’s willing to commit the time and energy to make this happen. She has the drive and the proven leadership experience we need right now to tackle the many issues we face in our community and in Hartford. We are indeed fortunate to have a candidate who has a sound understanding of the issues that need to be addressed, a clear vision of the work that needs to be accomplished on our behalf, and the ability to achieve meaningful results for all of us in District 141.

Terrie Wood 5-18-16

Letter: Renominated State Rep. Terrie Wood Says Balance Spending Priorities with Fiscal Constraint

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To the editor:

I’m pleased to announce that I will be running again for state representative in the 141st District, Darien and Norwalk. Many thanks to Belinda Metzger and Ralph Depanfilis for nominating and seconding me and to the delegates for their support on Monday night. It has been my honor and truly a privilege to be your voice and vote in Hartford. Though Connecticut has many positive attributes — a vibrant and diverse population, good schools, a well-educated workforce, rich cultural opportunities, a historic coastline and scenic landscapes — we face deep fiscal challenges. Since the recession of 2008, we’ve dealt with a cycle of deficits, which have resulted from too much spending, shortfalls in revenue and historic underfunding of pension liabilities.

Randy Klein 3-28-16

Randy Klein Running Against Terrie Wood for 141st State Rep Seat

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Democrat Randy Klein has announced he’s running against Republican state Rep. Terrie Wood in the 141st General Assembly District that covers most of Darien. “The voters of Darien and Rowayton deserve a real choice in who represents them in Hartford,” Klein said in an announcement emailed Monday morning. “We need our voice to be heard where it matters most and, right now, it’s not being heard.” Klein has filed the initial paperwork for the campaign. The former chairman of the Darien Democratic Town Committee and husband of former First Selectwoman Evonne Klein (now the commissioner of the state Department of Housing) said  he’s “still in the very early stages of my campaign.”