Michael Burke and Tony Imbimbo recently kicked off their campaign to gain two seats on the Darien Board of Education. At the top of the candidates' agenda is advocating for effective oversight, transparency, improved communication and responsiveness.

While the two men are running individually, they are actively campaigning together to emphasize the greater of the needs of the board. As fathers to children enrolled at Darien Public Schools and having served on the Representative Town Meeting's Education Committee, both candidates bring first-hand knowledge of the challenges that parents and educators face.

Burke has served four years on the Darien RTM holding positions on the Education, Town Government Structure and Administration, and Public, Health and Safety committees. He is a member of the Darien Democratic Town Committee and is a coach for the town's Little League, travel soccer, junior football and basketball leagues. He works as a litigator for law firm Eckert, Seamans, Cherin & Mellott and attended Fordham University's School of Law and Skidmore College. He has lived in Darien with his wife, Kathleen, since 2008 and has twin sons who attend Middlesex Middle School.

Imbimbo has been a Darien resident for 17 years. Serving on the Darien RTM for four years, he has held positions on the Education, Rules, Parks and Recreation and Public Health and Safety committees. He served as the Royle School PTO co-chairman of the Father's Council and has been an active coach for Darien Youth Softball and the Darien Soccer Association. He is a local business owner who runs Broken Window Books, a publishing services and product development company and is an editor, developer and author of children's books and kits. He holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut and a journalism degree from Syracuse University. Imbimbo and his wife, Kristen Adams, have two daughters; one who graduated from Darien High School and one who has just started her senior year.

Both candidates are welcoming feedback from the community and encourage input and questions. Residents can reach them directly at: tonyimbimbo@yahoo.com; 203-656-2764; and, mjb84@aol.com; 917-656-2835.

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