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Letter: Heller Has Over 17 Years of Much Needed Experience

On Monday, May 1, when voters choose the candidate best-suited to guide Woodbridge through challenging financial times, they should remember that Beth Heller has had over 17 years’ experience as a key participant in the town’s budget process.

As Registrar of Voters (for 9 years) and as chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners (for 9 years) Beth prepared departmental budgets and presented, justified, and advocated for those budget requests.  She brings extensive know-how in tight budget construction with the ability to rigorously detail its contents and advocate successfully before the Boards of Selectmen and Finance.

As a member of the Board of Selectmen (for 8 years) Beth has seen the town from the other side, providing critical but respectful review over budget proposals, advocating for investments consistent with the Town’s values.  As an example of Beth’s creative budgeting ability, she recently led the successful effort to secure a $400,000 state grant to renovate the District Animal Shelter.

As First Selectman, Beth will persist with priorities honed over 20 years in public service:  public education, public safety, and essential town services, all to preserve the quality of life we’ve come to appreciate in town.  I’ve know Beth Heller throughout these past 20 years.  She has the experience, temperament, and vision to lead the town going forward.

Mary Leigh Sabshin

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