Westporters know that leadership matters in education, and that's why I am urging voters to support Republicans Michael McGovern, Jeannie Smith and Karen Kleine for Board of Education in the Nov. 5 election. This team has the right experience and the right priorities for our schools.

Michael McGovern, Jeannie Smith and Karen Kleine have a perfect balance of expertise in education, business and community service. They will listen to the concerns of all Westporters, and they are committed to excellence in our schools. They are dedicated to providing our teachers and students with the resources they need to inspire and learn, as well as fostering a safe, secure and positive environment for Westport's children.

Our schools are one of Westport's most important assets. Great schools not only provide a top quality education for our children -- they enhance our property values and make Westport a desirable place to live. This benefits all Westporters. A vote for Michael McGovern, Jeannie Smith and Karen Kleine to the Board of Education is a vote for excellent schools and a vote for Westport's future.

Thanks for your vote in this crucial election. Our children will be the beneficiaries of our careful consideration.

Hope Feller

RTM, District 6

Westport