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Letter: Brand's Leadership Has Benefited Fairfield

By Coralee Reiss

 

Dear Editor,

Democrats – please put the August 14th Democratic Primary on your calendar, and remember to vote for Sue Brand for state rep in the 132nd district. She is endorsed by the Democratic Town Committee. Brand has given us 20 years of honesty, intelligence, and commitment, qualities which have made her extremely transformative in Fairfield. Let’s give her our support.          

Did you know that Brand protected the teachers and students at while it was under construction? She realized that the original traffic layout at TMS would be dangerous during construction, and worked with town engineer Bill Hurley and others to change it.     

When a radon test in one classroom was 6 times the EPA limit, she, along with parents, called for school wide testing. Brand consulted the Environmental Protection Agency to find out the specific rules which had to be followed. In the end, the school’s air quality testing company received additional training, which was great for everyone. Then, to protect all the schools, Brand wrote the PTA protocols for Occupied Renovation & Building Committee Safety & Security Practices, adopted by the Board of Selectmen in 2007.  

This one block of time in her years of community service illustrates how her leadership and ability to work with others for a common goal has benefited Fairfield. We need her in Hartford working for us. August 14th, vote for Sue Brand in the Democratic primary for state rep, 132nd.

Mark Francis June 15, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Many of you on here have a nasty, viscious tone. It borders on cyberbullying. It needs to stop.
Fully Informed June 15, 2012 at 09:30 PM
I beg to differ Brand, is a terrible choice for State Rep. PTA work isn't enough. Find a past democratic member of the BOE who is willing to endorse her, you won't. Current members don't count, namely because one follows her blindly and the others still need to work with her so they won't want to get involved. But those with no skin left in the political game won't endorse her, that voters, says a lot.
Justin Case June 16, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Wow! 6 times the EPA limit and she called for testing you say? Genius. Let's elect her to the State Senate!!! Kudos for the gumption to make an obvious phone call that a 3 year old could make on an issue she could not lose on. This just boills down to a coffee clutch Fairfielder looking for a title - with no real world experience managing anything but highly flawed and poorly thought out redistricting plans.
Unemployed June 16, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Sue Brand’s husband, Patrick Brand, laid off me and most of my friends from Pitney Bowes over the last year. My cousin worked for Pitney Bowes in Virginia and he was laid off too. The senior management of Pitney Bowes which includes Patrick Brand has made millions of dollars for themselves while the stock price of Pitney Bowes has gone from $46 per share to $15 per share over the last 5 years. This means the value of Pitney Bowes has shrunk from over $9 billion to about $3 billion over the last 5 years while senior management has made enormous amounts of money and the workers who have been there for 25 years or more, of which I am one, have suffered. Patrick Brand’s boss, Murray Martin, during the last five years has made over $24 million in compensation (most of this during the financial crisis and period of layoffs of our work force). Plunkett Research, Ltd. shows the average compensation for an executive at Patrick Brand’s level to be $540,000 base plus $1,000,000 bonus per year. This is in line with what I had heard when I still worked there. The Brand family has not suffered financially compared to most of us. I googled my former boss and saw on this site that his wife is running for state rep. I also saw that she voted against a 25 cents per hour wage increase for school cafeteria workers who make only $8,000 per year. I am not surprised at this hypocrisy.
jimmy June 18, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Mark. Cyber bullying??? Really?.. I guess you don't like dodgeball either....

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