To the Editor:
My name is Andrea Dawn LoCascio and I’m running for the RTM in District 12. Before I even had an opportunity to express that, or write even one iota of a thought about it, I appear to have Democrats, through their campaign emails, implying that I’m a part of some “far-right, MAGA Group” because my name appeared on someone’s recommended list for the RTM and I was entirely excluded in an alternate source. (*See sources below.) However, these associations or disassociations couldn’t be further from the truth, therefore, I am reaching out to you to clarify a few things.
While it’s truly draconian measures they’ve used in their campaign messaging and overall repressive, uneducated, at best, as well as severely inaccurate, I think both parties are afraid. But hold that thought.
I’ve lived in Riverside for the past 2 decades and I love Greenwich, that’s why I’m running. I’ve proudly graduated from The Ursuline School in New Rochelle, New York (Westchester County) and I’m also an alumna of Iona University – that’s why I’m running, to continue making a difference in my life and in the lives of others. I love civil service – and our Greenwich Police Department as well as our local Fire Department – and there are three additional reasons why I’m running. I also love my neighbors and friends who I’ve made here, that’s why I’m running. And I strive to make decisions for the benefit of everyone involved, which is precisely why I am running.
Not because I report to, or run with anyone, because I absolutely do not. And certainly not, if I were elected as a member of the RTM.
Instead, my role, my essence, as a member of the RTM would be similar to that of our first selectman, Fred Camillo, as it pertains to our entire town, in the way that he always tries his best to keep everyone happy, and remains as diplomatic as possible.
Some Republicans feel that Fred Camillo is not “Republican enough.” To that, I say, “Ridiculous! Try being Fred Camillo and getting his job done.”
Not only do I admire Camillo’s approach, but if I get elected to the RTM, I’ll mimic it! After all, in truth, who doesn’t strive to relate to as many people as possible? That’s what being popular is all about. And much more importantly, to me, serving the public is all about the ability to possess a deeper understanding about the human condition and allowing people of all walks of life to feel heard, along with all of the benefits which come once you accomplish that. It’s truly limitless. And is understanding the human condition something that either Republicans or Democrats do better than the other? Seems silly to ask, doesn’t it?
Did I mention parties being “afraid?” Well, forget Democrats and Republicans!!! – which I truly think we should do more of. In other words, forgetting about our political affiliations or lack thereof. That’s why I am encouraging us all to work together, in harmony, to achieve the very best for Greenwich.
I just ask the Dems in doing so, please, not to judge anyone as they have me as well as a host of my respected colleagues, especially, if they don’t truly know them. And for BOTH Republicans and Democrats to ask themselves, “Would I/we be more effective if I stepped out of this boxing ring and focused solely on my own vision?” Because the answer is “yes.” So stop the b–sh–t, everyone, please!!!
I’ve worked as an equities trader for the majority of my life, and in retail, and I’m a proud employee of Stamford Health & Medical Group. I’m a member of the Greenwich Postvention Team, graduated from The Greenwich Citizen’s Police Academy and have worked and volunteered for those either seeking public office or in office.
I’ve sung the National Anthem countless times for The New York Mets at Shea (10 years to be exact) as well as for the NY Knicks and NY Liberty at MSG. That’s what I’m about. And now, I want to be a voice for the RTM.
I’m a singer, and a music writer in my spare time and I’ve made tons of friends, all of whom I’ve managed to maintain my entire life, since childhood and beyond. This is me.
As for my family, we’re all extremely close and we spend a great deal of time together. Yet despite all this, and 1,000 other things about me, I still wish to dedicate the time necessary to serve on the RTM in the public realm on even a minor level.
With this said, I’m also quite a genuine individual, and transparent, and I care sometimes too much. Hence, this letter. But these qualities and characteristics are what I’m about. These qualities fuel me. These qualities make me a fantastic choice for the RTM.
And there’s no prancing around as part of any “MAGA” Group. That’s a fantasy. I assure you.
So, no matter WHO you choose on that ballot come November 7th, be sure you haven’t been misled before you cast your vote.
Avoid this by talking to people you respect who are already serving in the public realm, whoever they might be. If you like their policies, or even their demeanor, then ask them. Despite which way they lean.
The bottom line is, I have every confidence that there will be many fine people on the bill, or ballot, or whatever we call it, Republicans and Democrats alike. I guess, you just have to create ways to find out who the real ones are, the ones worth voting for, before Election Day.
Andrea D. LoCascio
LoCascio is a candidate for Greenwich RTM District 12