To the Editor:

I’ve never been a big fan of the saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” All too often, that line of reasoning is used to maintain the status quo and prevent improvements from being made. That being said, I firmly believe that when things are going well, it makes sense to keep the leadership in place so that they can continue the successes that are being made.

We have a clear choice in Southbury on November 2; let’s keep the Republican leadership in place that has served our town and our Board of Education so well. At a time when so many towns and school systems are struggling, Southbury and Region 15 have not only been holding their own, but have been making consistent progress.

Despite dealing with a worldwide pandemic and other natural disasters over the last few years, our mil rate has been held steady, something that is virtually unheard of. Without raising taxes, the town has undertaken numerous capital and road improvements and hired additional staff.

And, our Region 15 schools maintained in-person instruction throughout the past year while many other school systems were remote.

Perhaps most notably, our leaders have avoided the divisive politics and heated rhetoric that is ripping apart our nation, instead focusing on collaboration to provide solutions for our residents and students. It’s refreshing and inspiring to see a group of people who focus on working together to solve our problems and improve our community, while avoiding personal attacks.

On November 2, I hope that you will join me in voting for Jeff Manville for first selectman; Jason Buchsbaum, Greg Kuehn and Holly Sullivan for the Board of Selectmen, and Marion Manzo, Tom Marks and Heather Rodgers for the Board of Education.

Chad Landmon

Southbury

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