To the Editor:

Over the next five weeks the Republican Town Committee will be highlighting Democratic First Selectman candidate Martha Jankovic-Mark’s record regarding important issues, to underscore the clear differences between her and First Selectman Tim Herbst.

A prime example of those differences is Mark’s vote against a town budget last year that had strong bipartisan support.

In 2012, Republicans reached across the aisle and worked with Democrats to adopt a town budget that implemented full-day kindergarten, doubled senior citizen tax relief and, on average, reduced residential property taxes 3.5%. The 2012-2013 Town budget passed the Board of Finance by a vote of 6-0 and the Town Council by a vote of 17-3. Mark was one of only three people on a 21-member council to vote against a budget that addressed all of these critical priorities. This is why Martha “Misses the Mark.” Even Democrats, Vicki Tesoro, Fred Palmieri, Greg Basbagill and Jim Meisner recognized that this was a budget that addressed everyone’s priorities.

Our school superintendent, building principals and teachers are telling us that this investment last year has already yielded incredible results. Our kids are performing better as they enter first grade. This was an initiative that was long overdue.

Tim Herbst told Trumbullites four years ago that he would make full-day kindergarten a reality and he kept his word. Had Martha Mark had her way in 2012, full-day kindergarten would not have happened.

Mark’s negative vote underscores the tenor by which she has begun her campaign for first selectman. In her role as Minority Leader, while she voted against a budget that had strong bipartisan support, at no time as leader did she propose an alternate budget.

What every Trumbullite, Republican and Democrat alike should consider is that Mark is, in fact, so partisan and immoderate, she cannot effectively bring people together to govern. She couldn’t get along with Republicans in her party so she left to become a Democrat two years ago. In that short time, she has voted against her Democratic caucus on critical issues of importance to Trumbull.  If she can't agree with anyone, how can she effectively govern?

Jack Testani, chairman of the Republican Town Committee