Dear Colchester Residents,

Part of leadership means taking a stand against toxic behaviors, especially by those who serve the public trust. The current democrat candidate for first selectman has a long history of turning a blind eye to the behaviors of those politically aligned with him.

When former first selectwoman Mary Bylone declared a “Racism Public Health Crisis” and unfairly labeled an entire community, the democrat candidate went silent. When the former first selectwoman told the board of finance chair to “have some balls”, the democrat candidate, who at the time was serving on the Board of Finance, again was silent. Mary Bylone has since endorsed this candidate.

When the democrat candidate attended a Board of Finance meeting in which Mike Egan (member & husband to Democrat Chairwoman Monica Egan) stormed out of the meeting and confronted a selectman; there was a failure to condemn. Monica Egan has since endorsed this candidate.

When former chairman Stephen Coyle, was removed from the Sewer & Water Commission for abusing the position, even after overwhelming evidence was presented, the democrat candidate failed to denounce. The same Stephen Coyle is married to Selectwoman and Democrat Vice Chairwoman Rosemary Coyle. Rosemary Coyle has since endorsed this candidate.

One must question if silence was a prerequisite for political expediency.

Albert Einstein once said that “If I were to remain silent, I’d be guilty of complicity.” A leader must hold all elected and appointed officials accountable for their behaviors regardless of political affiliation or relationship. Condemning these behaviors was easy for me, but a bridge too far for my opponent.

Colchester cannot afford to elect a leader that will turn a blind eye to the behaviors of others. Doing so will inevitably lead to a path of corruption.

Sincerely,

Andreas Bisbikos

Colchester First Selectman