The right team

FI-EditorialThe choice is clear as Greenwich decides whether to give First Selectman Peter Tesei and Selectmen David Theis and Drew Marzullo a new term. The right team is in place and Mr. Tesei deserves to be re-elected.

In his six years in office, Mr. Tesei has demonstrated the ability to meet the needs of a diverse and vocal population and has been a steady hand at the ship during difficult times. No matter if it’s a blizzard, a nor’easter or even a hurricane, Mr. Tesei has been there helping residents and holding people accountable to make sure vital services are restored.

But it shouldn’t take a superstorm to show a leader’s character, and Mr. Tesei has had ample opportunity to prove he is the kind of presence Greenwich needs in its top elected position. He has pushed forward vital projects like The Nathaniel Witherell’s Project Renew, MISA and a new central fire station, while keeping taxes affordable. And while it would be good for Mr. Tesei to not rigidly hold on to the self-imposed debt cap and instead embrace the idea of responsible long-term borrowing, he has been a responsible leader meeting town priorities.

Mr. Tesei has built an excellent working relationship with his colleagues and has led a board where partisan politics are (usually) checked at the door and the town’s interests are what matters. All three men are natives of Greenwich. They know this town and its residents. Mr. Tesei, who has given the town decades of public service, has fought for what’s right and what’s smart. He has set the tone for six very successful years and deserves two more.

Mr. Tesei has been opposed in this race by Democrat Elizabeth Krumeich and independent Jim C. Reilly. Mr. Reilly should be commended for having the courage to put his words into action and try and bring about the change he’s called for. But it’s Ms. Krumeich we’re impressed with.

Ms. Krumeich stepped into the race at a very difficult time for Greenwich Democrats, and for that alone she deserves a thank-you. Her candidacy was built around the issues and offered voters a very strong alternative to Mr. Tesei. And while it’s Mr. Tesei who earns our endorsement, it would be great to see Ms. Krumeich run for office again. The voter registration gap is starting to narrow and Democrats will soon have a real shot in town, especially if they run candidates as qualified as Ms. Krumeich.

As for the selectmen, Greenwich could not be luckier to have representatives with the character of Mr. Theis and Mr. Marzullo. The two have worked splendidly together, never letting what divides them in their political beliefs distract them from working in the best interests of all town residents. Both Mr. Marzullo and Mr. Theis have distinguished themselves in their four years on the board, showing compassion to residents in need and diligently working to solve problems.

Mr. Theis has been a tireless advocate for our town’s veterans as well as Greenwich’s active duty soldiers and the families they left behind. He’s been there for people who have needed him and hasn’t let partisan politics block him from doing what’s right. People can count on Mr. Theis. “Your neighbor in government” is not just a slogan to him.

And in a Republican town, Mr. Marzullo is never a wallflower. He stands up for ideas he feels can better the town but also comes together to build consensus with his colleagues. He’s been a tireless advocate for needed capital projects, stood up for the residents of North Mianus seeking to block an unnecessary cell tower and has made sure the town has kept its eye on vital social issues like bullying and gun control.

This is the right team for Greenwich. Mr. Tesei, Mr. Theis and Mr. Marzullo have shown what effective, responsive government is all about, and it will be a pleasure to see them for two more years.

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