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To the Valley News:

As a longtime Westport resident, I have served as town supervisor, School Board president, fireman and emergency squad, Chamber president and co-chair with the mayor for the mutual concerns.

With these experiences, I have an in-depth understanding of Westport’s government.

Dan Connell should continue as supervisor. In this position he has demonstrated understanding and capabilities. He has shown fairness in his assessments of town undertakings and has enlisted committees to have impact in decisions. When necessary, he has placed controversial issues on the ballot enabling townspeople to vote. He has abided by the will of the people. Having a good relationship with outside government agencies. He has helped our community immensely (for example: for having the DEC reopen the brush landfill to take care of debris from the recent storm). Re-elect Dan Connell.

There are two council seats to be filled. Mike Tyler should continue as councilman. There is no substitute for experience which he has garnered. He shows genuine interest in all matters concerning the town. Re-elect Mike Tyler.

Dan McCormick, a retired guidance counselor, is a good choice for councilman, his previous duties include budgeting, securing grants, exercising authority and negotiating. This past experience is invaluable in a councilman position. Being a longtime resident, he is well aware of the needs of Westport and the financial obligations it can support. Having served on the steering and tax committees for the future of Westport project have given me a comprehensive insight of Westport.

Please support this serious and well qualified candidate.

Thank you for your consideration in this most important matter.

Walter P. Huchro, Westport

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