I am writing to support Bill Walbert for Town Council.

I believe that Bill will make a meaningful and positive contribution to the budget issues facing New Canaan for several reasons.

Bill is a family man of the highest integrity. He and his wife Laura have raised three solid children during his 23 years in New Canaan. He is active in his church, teaching Sunday school among other activities.

Bill has the financial experience to excel on the Town Council. During a successful career in finance, Bill and his team brought more than 60 companies public. He's currently a successful fund of funds manager here in town. He will be of great help in our budgeting and financial planning.

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Bill cares about New Canaan, and it shows. He is past president of the New Canaan Community Foundation -- the United Way was successfully integrated on his watch. He's past president of the Rotary Club and Gridiron Club, is the finance chairman of the Methodist Church, and has served on the boards of Town Players, Red Cross and New Canaan Cemetery. To be entrusted with leadership roles by his peers in these organizations says a lot about Bill's capabilities and leadership style.

Bill succeeds because he takes an inclusive approach to problem solving. Indeed, Bill does not make enemies; he creates allies.

Please support Bill Walbert for Town Council on July 16.

Rick Worden

New Canaan