Westport is truly lucky to have a public servant like Jen Tooker running for the Board of Finance.

Jen impressed me from day one, when our families moved in across the street from one another in 2008. Jen's enthusiastic and optimistic outlook makes for a great neighbor and an even better advocate for the citizens of Westport.

Beyond her genuinely delightful personal presence, Jen brings a unique set of skills: experience and dedication to serve the people of Westport. Her more than two-decade career in international finance at Gen Re gives her an intuitive understanding of the financial issues our town faces. As a current member of the Board of Education, Jen knows first hand the trade-offs inherent in the largest portion of the town budget. I know she will work as tirelessly on the broader issues facing our town as she has worked for the educational well-being of our children.

Jen Tooker is the only candidate with this crucial mix of experience, and thus I urge you to make Jen Tooker your choice for Board of Finance on Nov. 5.

Jennifer Dowd