I enthusiasticallysupport Brian Stern's re-election to the Board of Finance.

Brian has been my friend and business colleague for more than 25 years. His business acumen, wisdom and judgment, and devotion to Westport are all without peer. He has a demonstrated track record of achievement in tough times. In large and small businesses, philanthropic and civic activities, and every interaction with his fellow citizens, Brian is a proven leader who focuses on the right things, listens to and accommodates other views, and brings people together to achieve everyone's best interests.

During Brian's first term, in the midst of the recession, he and the rest of the Democratic team preserved our excellent education system, maintained town services and began reform on pensions -- all while keeping tax increases below 2 percent.

In his next term, Brian is committed to "Invest in Westport," while again keeping tax increases at historically low rates. His priorities are: to preserve our excellent education system, improve the beach and Longshore Park, support the library, revitalize services for seniors, and achieve meaningful downtown improvement. Brian has the experience, knowledge and track record to accomplish these priorities by increasing government efficiency, continuing progress on pensions and benefits, and taking advantage of low interest rates.

Westport is fortunate to have Brian Stern on the Board of Finance. Please join me in re-electing him to an additional term on Nov. 5th.

Jeff Kindler