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Shelley Michelson letter: Finance Board interference – The Advocate

Published 7:55 am, Saturday, January 2, 2016

To the editor:

Three months before the election last fall, Eva Maldonado, the chairwoman of the Republican Town Committee, made an earnest plea to me to run for the Board of Finance seat. I accepted the challenge, although time was short to plan and organize a campaign. At the time, Dennis Mahoney was considering running for the Board of Education, but finally decided instead to run for the Board of Finance.

From the outset, Ms. Maldonado demonstrated a questionable pattern of behavior to promote Mr. Mahoney.

The election is now over, the voters have spoken and Mr. Mahoney did not win. The process for filling the vacancy created on the board by the resignation of Gerald Bosak is set forth clearly in the City Charter.

The City’s Code of Ordinances states:

“Whenever provision is made in this Charter for filling a vacancy in an elective office in any manner other than a municipal election, the successor shall be chosen from the political party, if any, which nominated his predecessor.”

I was duly nominated by a member of the Republican Party and received the most votes of any of the candidates after my recent meeting with the Appointments Committee. With 30+ years of experience as a municipal finance analyst and by virtue of my recent service as a member of the Smith House Board, I believe I am uniquely qualified to be the next member of the Board of Finance. I would be honored to serve the City of Stamford in this capacity and will work diligently to meet head-on the fiscal challenges that we face as a city.

Shelley Michelson

Board of Finance candidate

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