We have had the pleasure of knowing Christa McNamara for many years. She will make a fine addition to the Darien Board of Education. Parents of school children should know that she has three children who attend our public school system.

Christa already has experience dealing with the Board of Education from her committee work on the Representative Town Meeting where she currently serves as vice chairman of the education subcommittee. She is very knowledgeable about educational issues and has a master's degree in elementary education from Manhattanville College.

Since she moved to Darien 12 years ago, she has rolled up her sleeves and become very involved in the community. At Royle Elementary School, Christa has served on the PTO for six years, serving as Royle vice chairman, CDSP budget representative, room parent, and on the Enrichment Committee.

She is a very hands-on person. In addition to taking on leadership roles, she is also the person you'll see volunteering to serve food or help in any way she can at Royle School events.

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She has also been a tireless community volunteer for OPUS; for Person-to-Person; the Community Fund of Darien Allocations Committee; the Darien Foundation for Technology & Community Benefit Committee; and the YWCA Parent Awareness Board.

Christa, the product of a fine public school system herself (Rye, N.Y.), wants to confront the tough issues facing our board.

Taxpayers should know that this GOP candidate will be looking for ways to stretch our dollars. She will treat our money like her own. In addition, she would like to focus on striving for clearer measurements of success for new initiatives, and establishing better communication paths with the community so that all voices are heard.

We are lucky in Darien to have someone of Christa's credentials willing to represent our interests. Vote for Christa McNamara in November when you have the opportunity to elect two new faces to the Board of Education.

John and Debbie Wygal