Crossing Party Lines to Vote Blue


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To the Editor:

This is the time of year when all our mailboxes are stuffed with RED and BLUE flyers saying Vote for ME and VOTE the Line, but not much else.  As responsible citizens, we need to look past the glossy statements, look past the big and little signs planted by the roadsides, and dig a little deeper and not vote for the BLUE or RED, but rather for the most qualified leaders who will steer Old Lyme in the right direction.  

There have been two public debates this year, that focused on key issues Old Lyme must face in the next two years.  Those issues are development – Halls Road in particular, sewers, including the beach areas and Rogers Lake, public safety – evening coverage, climate change and flooding, and lastly, garbage.  The CT Examiner has done an excellent job covering these debates and the candidates’ positions.   I urge you to put aside the flyers and take the next 5 minutes to read these articles.

If you are still not sure after reading the CT Examiner articles, click on the link below that recorded the final Selectmen’s debate.  It is 55 minutes long – but well worth your time. 

I am a registered Republican, but this year, after attending both debates and researching all the candidates educational and professional experiences and listening to their stands on issues, I am crossing the BLUE and RED lines and voting based on qualifications.  I am voting for Jim Lampos because he brings to the table a Masters degree in public policy analysis, and extensive experience in both the private and public sector.  That unique combination of education and experience in my opinion makes Jim the front runner. Marth Shoemaker in turn is the only candidate that has successfully completed the CT Municipal officer CCM certification.  She also has enjoyed an extensive professional career in both the private and public sector.   Over the past two years as selectwoman, she has clearly demonstrated her dedication to this town.  She has her finger on the pulse of Old Lyme, and Old Lyme at this critical time, cannot afford to lose that.

Vote! Take advantage of the free ride offering from both the Dems and Reps.  If Tuesday’s weather forecast is concerning, visit Town Hall Monday and request an absentee ballot, and vote! Vote intelligently, and not just the ads. Vote for the best.   

Mary Daley
Old Lyme, CT