To the Editor:

My name is Tom Kelly, and I’m running for the Trumbull Board of Finance. Since 2009, I have served on the Trumbull Board of Education. I’m proud to have served on the board when full-day kindergarten was implemented, which has moved our school system ahead. We also made many difficult decisions in a challenging budget environment to preserve the quality of our school system. I am a strong proponent for school safety and eliminating the onerous pay-to-participate fees charged to Trumbull parents.

If elected, I will watch every penny, and challenge any spending that does not provide value to Trumbull taxpayers. Also, I will be a consistent advocate for reasonable sewer use fees. The recent staggering 34% increases in our sewer use fees have placed an unfair burden on our household budgets.

I grew up in Trumbull, and I love this town. I graduated from St. Theresa’s School, Trumbull High School, and Sacred Heart University. I believe in volunteer service, and one of my passions is to give back to my community and support those in need. I am a lector and participate in social outreach activities at my parish; I am a member of St. Theresa’s Knights of Columbus Council 8013; participated in multiple food drives for the Trumbull Food Pantry; serve on the Trumbull Community Television Advisory Board; and am Chairman of the Board of Education Finance Committee. I respectfully ask for your vote on Nov. 5 for me and the entire Martha Jankovic-Mark Democratic ticket. Thank you.

Tom Kelly