On Monday voters will affix a ‘brand’ to Woodbridge and make a decision about how the town’s leadership will be perceived and received for the next two years. The two campaigns provide keen insight into what residents can expect in this regard.
Team Scalettar continues to promote a town in a preferred position with rock-solid finances, first-rate public schools, efficient operations, prudent infrastructure upgrades, and innovative energy initiatives. First Selectman Ellen Scalettar, an attorney by profession, has been a dedicated public servant in elected office and high-level staff positions for over 20 years. Her campaign consistently reflects the success of her first term and a truthful, upbeat outlook for our town.
In stark contrast, the loud, harsh tenor of Wick’s campaign has only been consistent in its incessant, doomsday portrayal of Woodbridge. Ads and mailings repeatedly denigrate employees and volunteers alike, its deceit and refusal to rescind deception is disrespectful of voters, and its many policy reversals betray inexperience, indecision, and/or a deliberate willingness to mislead.
Here’s just one example: Wick condescendingly condemns prudent use of the town’s fund balance to provide tax relief, yet two-thirds of Wick’s running mates support this longstanding practice. Wick provides no remedy for her $400,000 opinion. Meanwhile the town continues to earn the highest possible (AAA) bond rating from both Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s, underscoring the judgment of these prestigious firms about blue-ribbon fund balance reserves, cash flow practices, and debt management.
On Monday voters will decide whose ‘brand’ will represent them dealing with residents, neighboring towns, business and financial leaders, and high-level state officials. They’ll choose between the manner of a quiet, capable, respectful candidate who is exceptionally qualified for the job with decades of related experience and a legacy of success, and Wick.
We know which Wick wants. Voters are advised to choose otherwise.