Letter: Vote for substance, not name recognition

To the Editor:

I am writing to support the candidacy of Doug Sutherland for the 123rd District of the State Legislature.

I spent 35 years of my career in public service, principally as a public works director. From this perspective, you come in contact with a lot of politicians, many of whom are not “statesman.” One only has to observe the dysfunctional aspects of local, state and federal governments to see the results of what is a long, unproductive trend.

Sutherland seems quite different to me. I have known him for over 20 years, and came to know him as a concerned citizen. He visited my office on several occasions, speaking out on issues concerning the Town of Trumbull. These were not local parochial issues, but concerning topics which he felt had an impact on such things as the character of, or the costs to operate, his town.

He was always forceful, yet polite. He had demonstrated deep research into the issues, and had reached an informed (even enlightened) opinion.

There was no “drama.” There were neither political aspirations nor ego. He was, and is, a good person.

My worry is that people seem to vote for the name recognition before really examining the substance. Doug has substance, and he will use his mind to work hard for his constituency. And, while he is proudly running as a Democrat, I do not see him blindly following party-line type votes; he has too much integrity to do that.

I am proud to support Doug Sutherland for the 123rd District.

Paul A. Kallmeyer