To the Editor:
In 2012, Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast. In its wake, 650,000 people across Connecticut were left without electricity. For many, their food stores, gas stations, and banks were closed. Many people could not get clean water. Food, gas, cash and water – some important fundamentals of a modern civilization.
In Wallingford though, we had electricity. Many people from across the state came to our town to feed their families, gas up their cars, and get some much needed cash. To the residents of our state, Wallingford was (thankfully) an Island of Fundamentals in a Sea of Need.
Many times people look for stability in their government, and fundamental principles in their elected officials. I too believe that to be a correct course of action. With this next election, Wallingford’s government is definitely going to change – that is inevitable. For the first time in forty years, there will be a new Mayor. For the first time in ten years there will be a new Town Council Chair. There will also be a new Board of Education Chair.
If re-elected, I will be the longest continually serving member of the Town Council. I believe the institutional knowledge and consistency in leadership I bring to the Town Council are the form of stability most people find to be desirable.
Throughout my seven terms on the Town Council, I have fought for the fundamental principles of smaller government, lower taxes, and less interference in the day-to-day affairs of our law-abiding citizens.
Stability and fundamentals – a recipe for good decision making. And, if you like the ingredients, I ask that on Election Day, give me the kind consideration of being one of your “up to nine” votes for Wallingford Town Council.
Craig C. Fishbein
Fishbein has been a member of the Wallingford Town Council since January of 2010