Endorsement letters: Marconi, Nneji, and Ogden receive support
Ogden for Board of Finance
I met Karen Ogden through the Woodcock Nature Center where she and I joined the board of directors on the same night in 2015. As the center went through a leadership transition a few months later, Karen agreed to step in as interim executive director and guide the staff through an unexpected transition.
Digging into the budget, the finances, the programming and the challenges of the physical plant, she brought efficiency and a systematic approach to the center’s operations that continues to this day. The staff found her to be an empathetic listener and a creative problem solver, and a transition that could have been difficult was actually energizing for everyone.
Karen has strong financial acumen and digs into the details; Ridgefield will be fortunate to have her.
Marconi makes town great
I am writing to ask you to support Rudy Marconi for first selectman. Rudy has been a tireless promoter and supporter of Ridgefield and has been so for all Ridgefielders regardless of party affiliation. We’ve been fortunate to live in Ridgefield during Rudy’s tenure in office and witness firsthand his too many to list accomplishments as well as the many little things that go unseen. Rudy is the only choice for first selectman, for Ridgefield.
Perna for Police Commission
I’ve known Nick Perna for 40 years. He is a man of principle and integrity who respects the opinions of others. When Nick takes on a responsibility, he gives 110%. Law enforcement is close to his heart. His son and daughter-in law have been in law enforcement for 20 years and his brother was a patrolman. He has been on “ride-alongs” with his son and seen the “officers in blue” at work. He has broken bread with them and listened to their challenges on the job. Law enforcement covers a wider range of activities - proper facilities, training, personnel, technology, educating our citizens on the risks of identity theft and exposing scams aimed at our elderly. Nick has the experience and desire to make a difference for the benefit of Ridgefield’s citizens. He deserves your vote.
Vote for Nneji
Please join me in voting for Ben Nneji for Planning and Zoning (P&Z)
I am voting for Ben Nneji for P&Z because he will focus on ensuring projects and solutions approvals are based upon achieving what residents want. He will protect our land and groundwater so we pass on a better environment to our next generation. He will fight to maintain residential neighborhoods, and support commerce in the appropriate places, thereby protect property values through responsible development.
He has leadership and change management skills, having led teams in AT&T, GE and Omnicom Group. With his Ph.D. in industrial engineering and operations research he is educated and possesses good judgment and a willingness to work with others to make the right decisions.
Ben has been a very giving part of Ridgefield for 21 years, and I have known him for over 12 of those years. He is a very thoughtful and caring family man that has volunteered for countless nonprofit organizations and his church. I cannot say strongly enough that a vote for Ben is a vote for a bright future — to keep Ridgefield the beautiful place it has been all these years.
Vote for Ben Nneji for P&Z
Manners cares about Ridgefield
We must keep Barbara Manners on the Board of Selectmen! She has put Ridgefield on the map as a center for art and music, which has contributed to the success of our vibrant Main Street. She was immediately on the right side of the issue when it came to supporting separating P&Z and the IWB, and is a leader when it comes to protecting the environment and supporting green energy initiatives. We can rely on her to give all issues thoughtful consideration, to ask the right questions, and to continue to get things done for the town. Join me in voting for Barbara!
Vote red for selectmen
Maureen Kozlark and Bob Hebert have done first-rate work on our Board of Selectmen. They consistently try to prevent snap decisions by asking thoughtful questions and demanding answers. They support our top-notch school system, while at the same time doubting the runaway spending. They are monitoring closely the poor job the BoE does maintaining its physical plant, although the BoE is well funded to do it.
Joe Savino has held elected positions on Planning and Zoning, Board of Finance, and is now on the Police Commission. These positions have given him a breadth of experience matched by few others in town government. He understands how all the agencies of the own must fit together seamlessly if they are to serve the people who fund them. Re-electing Maureen and Bob, and adding Joe to the BoS, will give the taxpayers both a depth of experience and a variety of backgrounds to ensure Ridgefield remains the great place I moved to 29 years ago.
Katz does his homework
John Katz has devoted himself to serving our town and our neighbors for decades, most visibly as a very active member of the Planning and Zoning Commission. He more than deserves re-election to P&Z. He does his homework and asks the questions which need to be asked of applicants. It is not easy to balance often-conflicting goals of maintaining Ridgefield’s charm with demands for growth, but John consistently does so. All who love Ridgefield owe him our thanks. We urge you to vote for him once again.