As a 13-year resident of Westport and mom of two children in the Westport public schools, I am actively watching all of the changes that are occurring in Westport lately. From the great new restaurants along the river to our changing shoreline to the development of the town's master plan, there is such potential for our town to move in some exciting directions, but we need strong leaders who will make smart, balanced choices for our community. Jennifer Tooker is definitely one of these leaders and would be a valuable asset to Westport as a member of the Board of Finance.

I have had the opportunity to get to know Jennifer Tooker through our experiences at school and on and off the soccer field. I have always been impressed by her commitment and passion to our community. She really understands the different dimensions of our town and is very thoughtful in her decision-making. On top of all this, she has a strong financial background which includes managing intricate budgets and identifying sustainable operational efficiencies.

With all of the changes happening in Westport, I would feel comfortable and confident knowing that Jennifer Tooker was on the Board of Finance and plan to vote for her in November. I would encourage others to do the same.

Aimee Monroy Smith