To the Editor:

My name is Kyle Wolfe. I grew up in Darien, attended Greens Farms Academy and then Bowdoin College, where I graduated in 2018. Since college, I’ve been living and working in New York City. On Saturday morning, Aug. 8, I had a conversation with State Rep. Terrie Wood (R-141) outside of Rowayton Market, where she was handing out fliers and conversing with constituents.

Upon learning that Mrs. Wood was running unopposed this November, I asked her what she hoped to accomplish in her next term. Wood shared her perspectives on the state’s fiscal imbalance, school regionalization, and minimum wage increases, among other key issues. I asked questions and shared my own views on each topic. I subsequently asked Wood if she had made up her mind on the upcoming presidential election, and upon hearing her answer, followed up with another question: have you considered the impact that another Trump term would have on non-white Americans? I found Wood’s answers to both questions to be disqualifying, and felt a responsibility to share her answers on Facebook, specifically with my friends who live in Darien and Norwalk, as Rep. Wood is our voice in the CT legislature.

Read the Facebook post here.

Recent events, specifically the murder of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, as well as the current global pandemic, have forced me to reflect on my own privilege and the ways in which silence is a direct form of complicity. It is that sentiment that compelled me to share the details of my conversation with Rep. Wood with my family and friends, as we all continue to ask ourselves: what do we stand for? In our towns, CT, and this country. To be clear, my aim was not to speak for Rep. Wood, and I, along with many of my fellow community members, would be keen to hear from Wood herself, specifically answers to the two questions that I posed outside of Rowayton Market on Saturday:

1. What are your views on the upcoming presidential election?

2. Have you considered the impact that another Trump term would have on non-white Americans?

And if I may add a third:

3. How do you, Rep. Wood, plan to contribute in the movement towards economic and racial equality in your next term?

Be safe and wear a mask!

Kyle Wolfe

Darien native