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Letter: Support for Adrienne Billings-Smith

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To the Editor,

A few years ago, when I moved my family to West Hartford, I was fortunate to meet Adrienne Billings-Smith and her wife when our children were classmates. In the time that I have known Adrienne, she’s evolved into a driven community leader making a difference for our town while still being a hard-working mom and businesswoman. I am awed by the work she’s done and the things she’s been able to accomplish in a short amount of time, including:

  • Founding Concerned Parents of Color of West Hartford whose mission is to advocate, propose and effectuate positive and productive change in education, legislation and representation in West Hartford. CPCWH provides a safe space for parents and families of color and welcomes all who believe in the mission and want to help make West Hartford stronger and more inclusive of BIPOC voices.
  • Being selected as a board member of the newly formed Town of West Hartford Civilian Police Review Board.
  • Helping our town not just officially recognize Juneteenth, a date that has come to be synonymous with the end of African slavery in the United States, but celebrate it. Adrienne has now organized the annual town-wide celebration for two years running.

If Adrienne sees a gap, a need or someone whose voice needs amplifying, she makes things happen and gets things done. She’s an advocate that makes you feel heard and cared for. I feel lucky that I choose to move my family to a town with leaders like her who step up to make things fair and right. I believe, if elected to Town Council, Adrienne will continue to work hard for our citizens and our town.

I’ll be voting for Adrienne Billings-Smith on November 2 and I hope you will too.

Thank you,

Jenn Ford
West Hartford

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