As a longtime observer of both the Board of Education and town of Westport boards and commissions, I truly appreciate the hard work and long hours contributed by the dedicated volunteers who donate their talents for the betterment of our community.

Jennifer Tooker, who has served on both the Conservation Commission and the school board, is a shining example of the kind of smart, energetic and experienced leaders who make our town a special place. I enthusiastically support Jennifer's candidacy for the Board of Finance.

She will be a welcome voice for Westport's families, a working mom with 20-plus years experience in finance who knows the ins and outs of our top-notch school system. This knowledge will help bring a greater degree of understanding and collaboration between the town and schools.

On the school board, Jen doesn't just ask the tough questions; she works collegially to come up with creative solutions. As a member of the Board of Finance, Jennifer Tooker would bring these attributes to a broader range of issues and challenges, and Westport would be a better place as a result. I encourage you to vote for Jennifer Tooker for the Board of Finance on Election Day, Nov. 5.

Ginny McGovern