Brenda's Commitment to Fairfield's Educational System
My experience as a parent on the PTA, a room mother, and volunteer for our schools, fueled my calling to public service. We are fortunate to have wonderful public schools in Fairfield and that is in large part due to the work of citizens who step up to ensure their success. I have dedicated many years of public service to be sure our schools maintain their excellence for the next generation of students. My husband and I both attended Fairfield Public Schools and we choose the same for our son. I started an education advocacy group called ONE VOICE when my friends and neighbors were being ignored by local politicians. I quickly learned to enact real change, I needed to have a vote. I ran for and won a seat on the RTM and served from 1999 to 2003. I successfully championed and voted to fund school construction projects that reopened a second high school, built a third middle school, new Burr and McKinley Schools, and ensured our students across the town had what they needed to be successful.
I was elected to the Board of Education in 2003 where I chaired the Facilities Committee. I helped to author the Board of Education’s first long-range school facilities plan, which is now 10 years old. This work was crucial to provide town bodies with a full picture of every school’s maintenance and expansion needs so the town could plan accordingly. I have always placed the needs of our students first and have never allowed politics to override what is in the best interest for our children. I have continued to advocate for Fairfield students and schools since being elected in 2011 to the Connecticut General Assembly. I have successfully fought for greater access to families with intellectually disabled children, against proposed cuts to state funding for Fairfield Public Schools and opposed shifting teacher pension costs onto our taxpayers. I have never forgotten where I came from, who I serve, or what is in the best interest of our children. Like my predecessor, Jacky Durrell, I will bring my experience from serving on the Board of Education and as a state legislator to my role as Fairfield’s next First Selectwoman. I believe this gives me a unique perspective to serve as the chief elected official of our town. I know the issues facing our schools today as well as the challenges we will face going forward. I am eager and willing to face those challenges head-on. I hope to have your support on November 5th as you and your families will have mine!