It is indefensible how Mr. Crudo chooses to take political advantage of Terry Backer by distorting facts on missed votes in his latest attempt of a negative attack.

It was widely reported that after 10 terms in office, Terry Backer missed part of his term as a result of a severe illness.

Terry fought back with strength and faith to make a strong recovery. His return to a full-work schedule is a genuine testament to his energy, dedication, and commitment to Stratford.

It is indefensible how Mr. Crudo choses to take political advantage of a statesman who recovered from a severe illness by distorting facts on missed votes in his latest attempt of a negative attack mail piece. Terry is proud to be healthy and an inspiration to seniors, and those with hardships. 

Republican candidate for State Representative Joe Crudo wants you to believe that Stratford missed out on $83 million worth of school funding. We all know Terry Backer is better than that. The truth is, State Representative's Terry Backer actively advocates for fully funding the ECS formula, and the school funding formula issue is in litigation. 

State Rep. Terry Backer voted for a bi-partisan jobs bill (PA 11-1) and a second jobs bill (PA 12-1) resulting in businesses like Two Roads Brewery, and Jupiter Communications coming to Stratford.

Terry secured an additional 3 percent state funding for FY 2012-13 to offset property taxes, fought to keep Franklin School open, made sure Franklin School saw 13 additional early childhood education slots and assisted in getting funding for the expansion of Stratford High School.

He also worked with his fellow Stratford delegation to secure $148,000 in state funding for road repairs in town, and acquired millions for the Stratford sewage treatment plant upgrade. And it was Terry Backer who obtained a critical Connecticut DEP grant to build a Little League facility at Short Beach.

Yet he still finds time and energy to work in the community gardens he started at the old Pirhala Farm on Connors Lane. State Rep. Terry Backer is the kind of legislative statesman we need to represent Stratford in Hartford. Yes -- I am proud of Terry Backer, and proud that my town has him. 

Stephanie Philips, 2nd District Councilwoman

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Baffled Resident November 06, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Your letter doesn't make sense. You state that Crudo wants people to believe that $83 million in funds were "missed out on", yet in the same breath, you state that the town is in litigation to recover the funding. Huh?


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