CFO hopes to be second generation board representative


Posted: Sep 30, 2021 4:15 PM

For the publisher:

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, when I was a student at the new Head O ‘Meadow Elementary School, my dad would often get up late at his desk surrounded by piles of paper, typing numbers into an oversized calculator. . As a member of the District 1 Newtown Legislative Council, he took seriously the responsibility of helping run our city, from scouring the budget for efficiencies, to debating the merits of ‘an equipment purchase or tweaking the language of a new ordinance. .

Fast forward about 40 years. I am honored to have been nominated to be the next generation of my family to represent District 1 on the board. Growing up in Newtown and having volunteered in many ways since returning from college in 1998, I am ready to serve and look forward to representing my neighbors as we continue to build a better Newtown for all.

It has been a difficult time for our community, and I commend the leaders of our city and our school for continuing to guide us through the pandemic and the associated public health and financial challenges. More difficult decisions will have to be made, and this will require leaders who will listen, keep an open mind, and be able and willing to find common ground with others, even if they disagree.

For the past two years, I have served on the Finance Council. I have listened, learned, interviewed, collaborated and led discussions to keep our city’s finances stable and our schools properly funded. It has taken a team approach to lowering taxes without sacrificing services over each of the past two years, and it shows that government can run efficiently and smoothly when people work together.

If you get up at dawn on a Sunday you will sometimes find me on Main Street with a brush working to keep our mast shiny and clean. Five years ago, I volunteered to be Newtown’s “flag keeper” through my elected service on the Newtown Borough Council. I have been a bourgeois for eight years and a senior bourgeois for two years. I am the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Newtown Youth & Family Services and have coached softball, baseball and soccer youth in town.

Professionally, I work in communication at the Yale School of Medicine. My wife, Kath, is a speech-language pathologist and we have two children: Andrew, 20, an accounting student at the University of New Hampshire, and Caroline, 16, a student at Newtown High School.

I am fully invested in Newtown. I can’t wait to represent you, whether you grew up here like me or recently moved to town (welcome!). I want to hear your ideas, listen to your concerns, and work with you to keep Newtown strong for the next generation.

I would be touched and honored to have your vote on November 2.


Chris Gardner

New city


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