• Allison Burt

LTE: I would be proud to vote for Cristin McCarthy Vahey

Published Fairfield Patch 10/3/20

My name is Allison Burt and I am a junior at Fairfield Warde High School. I write this letter in part to express my grief over not yet being able to vote. I envy my parents and two older siblings who have the right to cast their ballots this upcoming fall in order to have a voice in all levels of government: federal, state and local.

If I could, I would vote for incumbent State Rep. Cristin McCarthy Vahey. Throughout her time in office, she has been the epitome of a great leader — respectful, gracious, empathetic, hard-working and community oriented. I was proud to lobby alongside her for the Tobacco 21 bill. I applaud her recent efforts regarding the police accountability bill; Cristin respects and supports the brave women and men of Connecticut's police forces while acknowledging the dire need for systemic change and racial equity. Cristin is a dedicated civil servant who works tirelessly to keep her constituents safe, well-educated, happy, and financially stable; therefore, I can think of no person better suited for this role than her.

As our state representative, Cristin has worked to establish paid family and medical leave; to combat global warming by requiring climate change education in school curriculums as well as by voting on legislation to limit the use of plastic; and to lower prescription drug costs by setting a $25 cap on insulin prices. Cristin is a caring leader who has reached out often during these last several months to support and help her constituents through the COVID-19 pandemic

Please let your voice be heard on Nov. 3 by voting in-person or, if you choose to instead fill out an absentee ballot, please be sure to request one now so that your vote can be counted.

Allison Burt

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