To The Editor:
As we move through the local election cycle, I have researched Beth DelBuono’s voting record.
Beth says she supports education, is a speech pathologist and served some years ago on our Board of Education. HOWEVER, her voting record while serving on the Town Council clearly shows she has NOT supported education.
In April 2016, Beth voted for NO increase to education, which forced large cuts. She and other Republicans ignored hundreds who came to a public hearing at the high school begging for even a small increase. This NO vote resulted in the delay in opening the STEM academies, initial layoff of teachers, and other direct impacts to our students.
Our Library is one of Newington’s great assets. In 2016, Beth and the Republicans voted NO and eliminated the use of this great facility on Sundays, hurting all of our residents by removing access to this wonderful resource.
As Deputy Mayor in 2017, Beth again voted NO to a miniscule ($35,000) increase to the Board of Education and proposal to staff the STEM academies.
Finally, in 2018 and 2019, Beth DelBuono continued to vote NO against the budgets.
Beth DelBuono’s voting record confirms the info shared on her lack of education support. While more money may not solve all problems, there are basic contractual needs that grow without additional new programming. By voting NO the last four years, common sense dictates that reductions are forced that ultimately negatively impact the education of Newington’s children and other town services we value.
We need a leader with creative ideas who will be help grow Newington’s economy and future in a fiscally prudent way. That leader is Jim Marocchini, and we will be voting for him and the Democrats on November 5th.