To the Editor:

The intent of this letter is to publicly thank my dear friend, Vicki Tesoro, for stepping up to run for First Selectman. I’d first like to offer my congratulations to Tim Herbst on his re-election. He has put a lot of time and effort into this race. I am hopeful that he has learned some things along the way and will reflect on what the people of this town had to say.

This past July I wrote my first Letter to the Editor, asking the people of Trumbull to get to know Vicki. I described her as a woman of integrity, someone who was fair, honest, hardworking and kind. I am happy to say that so many actually did get to know this special person and close to half of the voters felt that she was their choice to lead our town. Pretty impressive results for someone who is really not a politician. What, however, is most impressive is that Vicki upheld the traits described above throughout every minute of her whole campaign. Not once did she compromise her principles in an effort to win votes. She never veered from her steadfast belief that people should do things simply because they are the right things to do. Sound bites and photoshopping may help to win elections but they don’t win respect. I know that Vicki has won the respect of many. She may not have an office in Town Hall, but I truly believe she now has a place in many Trumbullites’ hearts. We could not be more proud of her and what she has done to bring people together and give them a voice. I am confident that the positive energy and hopefulness that she has brought about will endure. Moving forward I know that we will all benefit from Vicki’s unwavering commitment to Trumbull and the volunteer activities she continues to be passionate about.

“It’s not about me, it’s about we” may have been a phrase used often in Vicki’s campaign, but more importantly they are words that she genuinely lives by. We should all take those words to heart.
Lori Hayes-O'Brien