To the Editor:

I have been a teacher for 19 years in Connecticut. When I am deciding who to vote for I look for someone who understands that we must invest in our children’s education because they are our future. I also look for someone who understands how critical teachers are and that teachers must be valued and treated fairly as it pertains to our salaries and pensions.

Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox understands both of these issues clearly and I am confident that when she goes to Hartford she will be a fierce advocate on behalf of our students, our schools and our teachers. That is why Sujata has my vote on November 6 and I urge you to join me.

Because of Connecticut’s fiscal crisis, our schools have been penalized by decreasing the state Education Cost Sharing contributions. By doing so, our schools not only suffer, but towns are forced to raise property taxes - which decreases our property values.

Sujata shares my passion for educating our youth. I know this because I have spoken with her personally about these issues numerous times, and because she herself has dedicated her life to mentoring and educating future generations. As a law professor, Sujata is walking the walk and helping our youth become well educated, young adults who can contribute to our state. I am voting for Sujata because our children and our teachers need her fighting for us in Hartford.

Joy Colon