With a sophomore at Staples, this referral is somewhat self-serving. I want to see Jeannie Smith elected to continue her role on the Board of Education. I've known Jeannie Smith and her husband Dave for over a year, but the cliche, "it seems I've always known her" fits like a glove.

Jeannie is big personality in a caring and nurturing kind of way. Her credentials as an educator make her uniquely qualified as a board member. As a mother of four, her commitment to maintaining and enhancing the Westport school system is obvious to all who know her and to the many children-related organizations for which she has volunteered her leadership skills over the years.

If you haven't met her, you should. She is warm, engaging and quick witted; a leader who is committed to our children and their future. Republican or Democrat, Jeannie needs to be on your "yes" list.

E. Bruce Borner

Westport