Westport Letter: To Know Helen Garten Is To Endorse Her

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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

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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