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Letter: Darien Democrats Ready to Tackle Issues

DARIEN, Conn. – The following letter was submitted by Darien resident Victor Pena.

My wife Giovanna and I want to express our strong support to John Lundeen, David Bayne and Vicki Riccardo in their run for Board of Selectmen. We have personally and closely known both John and David for years, and are outright impressed by the quality of the team they have put together along with Vickie for the leadership of our town.

I have known John Lundeen for over two years and have worked closely with him on various projects. John has an impressive breadth of expertise which makes him uniquely qualified to be first selectman. His credentials include 20 years of work experience in government and financial services, a strong academic background that includes a master's in public policy from Harvard and local expertise and firsthand knowledge of our town's issues as current vice chairman of the Darien Chamber of Commerce and local entrepreneur. Having lived in Darien for 25 years, John is deeply committed to improving our town and its management.

David has an impressive eight years of involvement with the town's government, including his elected positions as RTM Chairman for District 3 and his past four years in the Board of Selectmen. Giovanna and I have known David for over 10 years since our sons became close friends in kindergarten. As our friendship grew, so did our admiration for David, seeing him become more and more involved in the community despite a full-time career and daily commute to Manhattan. We remember among his many achievements David's outstanding performance and commitment following the March 2010 storm, as he worked tirelessly to restore normalcy to our savaged town.

The issues that Lundeen, Bayne and Riccardo have set as priorities concern us all: fiscal responsibility while enhancing the town's services, increased state school funding, sidewalk improvement, affordable housing, commercial and business development and environmental preservation. This team is profoundly committed to and passionate about public service. Their combined expertise in budget planning, analysis and control, public policy, legal issues, financial issues and environmental matters make this group of individuals exceptionally well-prepared to tackle any complex issues and challenges that our town may face in the upcoming years. This is the team we need and deserve in Darien.

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