Support Mike Murray Aug. 10

I have had the good fortune of knowing Mike Murray and his immediate family for the past 10 years, both on a personal and professional level. I am writing to vouch for the character and experience of Mike Murray for Judge of Probate and am asking you to vote for Mike Murray in the Republican Primary, Aug. 10.

I was first introduced to Mike through his parents, Mike Sr. and Anne Murray. As a customer of Mike Sr. and Anne Murray's retail store in Stamford which they owned and successfully operated for 30 years, I developed an easy rapport and friendship. Mike's parents made an introduction since we were both Darien residents and had children the same age. In meeting Mike, I recognized where he inherited his moral values and work ethic. Mike's parents have raised an extremely qualified son who is mentally alert, physically strong and morally straight.

On a personal level, Mike Murray has demonstrated integrity, loyalty, communication skills, patience, work ethic, sensitivity, compassion and a caring manner that will not fail you.

Professionally, it is a because of Mike Murray's experience and calm demeanor in writing wills and trusts, that I have utilized Mike in numerous real estate dealings, as well as with the set up and establishment of my living will and estate.

As a Darien resident and practicing attorney in New Canaan, Mike understands the needs of both communities. I urge you to vote for Mike Murray for Judge of Probate, Aug. 10.

Bill Ferguson


Endorsing Mike Murray

To the Editor:

We are writing on behalf of Mike Murray for probate judge of Darien and New Canaan. We have known Mike and his family for 15 years and can attest to his honesty and integrity. Mike is calm under pressure and is at ease speaking on multiple topics with consideration and an open mind.

Mike works in New Canaan and lives in Darien, so he bridges our two communities; this makes him a unique and very qualified person for this position. We will be voting for Mike in the Aug. 10 primary.

Bea and Chris Clements


Mike Murray for probate judge

To the Editor:

Mike Murray is the type professional and individual that we'd hope to be dealing with in any situation that required experience, wisdom, compassion and character. It just so happens, he's chosen to bring these traits to his run for probate judge of Darien and New Canaan in the primary election on Aug. 10. We've known Mike and his family for the 12 years that we've lived in Darien. We know him professionally as a highly experienced attorney in the area and we enjoy him personally as a father, youth coach, community member and friend.

Mike grew up in this area, lives in Darien and drives from one end of Hollow Tree Ridge Road in Darien to his law office in New Canaan each morning. This is a guy who knows many of the residents of both towns, is sensitive to their legal issues and needs, and brings a wealth of professional experience and judgment to his work. He'll represent the probate interests of the residents Darien and New Canaan well -- he has our vote.

Jim and Alison Feeley


Support for Mike Murray

To the Editor:

We are writing to support Mike Murray in the upcoming election for probate judge for Darien / New Canaan. Mike has been a lawyer for many years and manages a successful law office in New Canaan while residing in Darien. He is a contributing and a vital part of both communities.

His personal traits of fairness, strong work ethic and even temperament have been tested many times while managing and balancing the demands of an active law office and fostering a family.

Mike is also a community leader, volunteer, father and coach. His compassion and sensitivity are well known to the community in these areas. In addition, he is also a respected mentor providing invaluable guidance to young adults.

Mike's character, integrity and energy make him a natural choice for an effective and sincere probate judge. Please vote Aug. 10th for Mike Murray.

Sandy and Debbie Rich


Murray `ideal candidate'

for probate judge

To the Editor:

If you think about who you want for a probate judge for Darien and New Canaan, remember that you are choosing someone who is involved in the personal family matters of wills, trusts, estates and guardianship. We want someone who is going to make these decisions without any political agenda and with pragmatism.

We know Mike Murray personally and professionally. Mike is non-political and he is going to make decisions fairly for the families of our towns. Mike is an honest and upstanding member of our community who cares deeply about the towns in which he works and lives.

We believe that Mike Murray is the ideal candidate for probate judge. Please vote for Mike in the Aug. 10 primary.

David and Kelly Wheeler


Murray has experience

To the Editor:

We are writing in support of Mike Murray for the position of Judge of Probate for Darien and New Canaan. There are few positions that both require a deep understanding of the law as well as a calm temperament to deal with sensitive issues as a probate judge. Mike Murray clearly possesses the qualities necessary to handle such a unique job.

His professional qualifications are well documented and demonstrated by his 20 years of practicing law. But what makes Mike such an ideal candidate is his even-keel demeanor and his unquestionable integrity. As a result, any case that Mike might face will not only be handled properly from a legal standpoint, but will also be handled with the utmost compassion and honest judgment. If you knew Mike like we do, your choice for probate judge would be an easy one.

Brian and Cindy Rolapp


Murray demonstrates qualities important to position

To the Editor:

I have known Mike Murray for more than 20 years. I met him when he was a law student in New York City and he remains a good friend and also my lawyer. In all those years of personal and professional interaction, Mike has consistently demonstrated the qualities needed to become a respected judge. Mike is honest, fair-minded, and intelligent.

In addition to those important personal qualities, Mike's professional experience as an established law partner conducting business in New Canaan, combined with the fact that he lives in Darien and previously lived in New Canaan, give him a relevant point of view with which to evaluate local probate matters. I believe that Mike's solid legal experience, good judgment and impeccable character make him an ideal candidate for the role of Judge of Probate for Darien / New Canaan.

My high opinion of Mike is validated by the fact that Mike Murray is the only candidate endorsed by all of the Republican Selectmen of Darien and New Canaan.

I strongly support Mike's candidacy and I encourage the Darien and New Canaan communities to vote for Mike on Aug. 10. He is a terrific candidate for this position.

Jennifer Kennedy

11 Huckleberry Lane


John Ryan the only candidate with political experience

To the Editor:

I have been following the media coverage and the letters to the editors concerning the upcoming primary for the newly combined Darien / New Canaan Probate Court. As someone who has long been active in town government and other organizations, I am observing a very interesting situation.

There are two candidates who I am not at all familiar with, and then there is John Ryan.

John has dependably and responsibly served us over the years on the RTM, as chairman of our Board of Ethics, and for seven terms as the State Representative for the 141st District.

I hope that voters will remember how John kept State Government from crippling our Post 53 and Safe Rides and passed laws to help our veterans and our volunteer firemen. John has what neither of the other candidates possesses: a lengthy record, not only of honesty and integrity, but also of commitment to our community.

Being a Probate Judge who will make sensitive decisions involving our personal lives is a very large responsibility. I am voting for a candidate who as an attorney has represented many of our families for more than 30 years in Darien and New Canaan. He is widely respected in his profession and is a proven public servant of long standing.

Please join me in urging your friends and neighbors to vote for John Ryan for probate judge on Aug. 10.

Carolyn Miller


New Canaan Selectman backs Murray

To the Editor:

As many of you know, I have been supporting Mike Murray for probate judge. Mike and his law firm, Ivy, Barnum and O'Meara have been handling most of my legal work for the past 20 years and I have the utmost confidence in Mike's abilities.

I also believe that Mike Murray's business ties within the New Canaan community and his residency and civic involvement in Darien make him uniquely qualified to merge these two probate courts into a new and efficient entity.

I hope you will come out and vote for Mike in the Aug. 10 Republican primary.

Rob Mallozzi III

New Canaan

Supporters `lining up' to support Ryan

To the Editor :

We are pleased to join the long list of those enthusiastically supporting John Ryan in the Aug. 10 primary for the new probate district. We hope you are noticing a trend in the letters that have been appearing weekly -- people who know our community well, and have been involved and participated in the Town's organizations (like the RTM ) are overwhelmingly lining up to urge support for John.

We know that Ryan, over and over again, not only shows up; he has a history that can be depended on. We are all familiar with people who make promises, and then disappoint us. John Ryan has been actively involved in roles of responsibility in a long list of organizations and we know we can trust him to work hard in this next important position because he has done so many times before. We also know he has been a capable, respected lawyer for more than three decades, and has the integrity and common sense needed to handle a difficult judicial district.

This is no time for newcomers with no record of service to our community. John Ryan for probate on Aug. 10 is the only sensible choice.

Diane G. Conologue

Robert J. Conologue


Ryan `stands out' among competition

To the Editor:

There is one candidate who stands out among the three candidates running for the Republican nomination for Judge of Probate for the combined Darien New Canaan districts and that is John Ryan. Not only does he have the temperament, judgment and required legal experience but he is the only candidate who has been so extensively involved in the community.

With a 20-year record of visible public service, including the RTM and the Darien Board of Ethics, we have been able to observe his leadership, competence and integrity. We were fortunate to have him represent us in Hartford for 14 years. John Ryan has earned our support.

Mary Ness

John Bishko


Your vote makes a difference

To the Editor:

We'd like to remind voters who are registered as a Democrat or Republican to mark their calendars for the upcoming Primary Elections on Aug. 10.

Did you know that you could make a real difference when you vote in a primary? In a low-turnout election like a Primary Election, a single vote could determine the election's outcome. So remind your spouse, your family and your friends to participate in the Aug. 10 primary if they are registered with a major party.

Residents who are registered Unaffiliated and who wish to vote in either the Republican or Democrat primary may do so. However, to do this they must register with a major party at either the Registrar of Voters or Town Clerk before noon, Monday, Aug. 9. They may later resume an Unaffiliated registration.

Also if you're unable to vote at your Darien polling place on Aug. 10, you can vote by absentee ballot. Pick up an absentee ballot at Darien's Town Clerk office (Town Hall room 101) before the election or download an absentee ballot from the town's website ( -- Registrars of Voters page) and mail your absentee ballot to the Town Clerk. Check with the office of Town Clerk (203-656-7307) for absentee ballot deadlines.

Finally, August 2010 marks the 90th Anniversary of women's right to vote. The 19th Amendment was successfully added as an Article to the U.S. Constitution when the required 36 states completed ratification on Aug. 18, 1920. Fittingly the League of Women Voters (LWV) was formed that same year to educate the newly franchised women regarding topics and candidates that they would vote for at the polls. Proudly the LWV has sustained its long history through current day as a nonpartisan political organization that works to improve government by educating voters, men and women, by way of disseminating information on issues and candidates and encouraging citizens to participate in government.

Remember, if you are a registered Democrat or Republican, vote on Tuesday, Aug. 10th, in your party's primary election.

Nora McILree and Liz Bacon

Co-presidents LWV of Darien

Support John Ryan

To the Editor:

Just as I know Republicans have supported me in elections to the Board of Selectmen and Board of Education, I know that Democrats and all voters should fully support Republican John Ryan for probate judge as I do. I know that John's dedicated public service over many years in Darien including 14 years as our state representative, along with his knowledge of estate and tax law (which he helped write in Connecticut), his intellect and integrity make him an outstanding choice for probate judge.

The choice for a new probate judge is not one to be based on party labels. It makes no difference in a probate judge whether the person is a Republican, Democrat or Independent. Such labels mean nothing in a court whose role it is to determine the enforceability of wills, assure the proper administration of decedent's and incapable individual's estates and trusts, consider child adoptions and approve name changes.

As an attorney who has practiced in the Darien and New Canaan probate courts for more than 25 years and as an executor, administrator and a trustee in many cases, I know the importance of the probate judge's knowledge of the law, fairness, reasonableness, open-mind and accessibility. I know that these traits will be the hallmark of John Ryan's tenure as probate judge.

I urge you to vote for John Ryan for Darien / New Canaan Probate Judge on Aug. 10.

George A. Reilly

Ryan is the man for the job

To the Editor:

I am writing this letter to express my support for John Ryan in his candidacy for Probate Judge in the newly formed Darien/New Canaan Probate Court District.

Through our mutual participation in community organizations I have known John for approximately 12 years. I have found him to be perceptive, sensitive and objective; important attributes for a Probate Judge. John has successfully practiced law in the Darien area for more than 30 years.

In addition to his law practice, John served as State Representative for the 141st District (Darien and Rowayton) for 14 years -- elected to seven consecutive terms -- retiring in 2008. His law experience is extensive as his practice has encompassed estate and trust planning, real estate law and financing, property tax litigation, zoning and land use litigation and foreclosure litigation. Recognition of his professionalism is that he has often been appointed to assist parties in need of representation by area probate judges.

John's organizational and administrative abilities have played important roles in his civic and community activities. Experience that will be especially important in the formation of the new probate district and office. As a member of the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce he was a member of the board of directors and the executive committee, and he has served as vice president corporate secretary and vice president of economic development. Among other civic and community organizations he has served as chairman of Darien's Board of Ethics.

I believe that with his professional and civic experience John is particularly well qualified for judgeship in the new Darien / New Canaan Probate Court. I hope you will join me in voting for John on Aug. 10.

John van der Kieft