Weston Republican Town Committee endorses candidates

The Weston Republican Town Committee on April 12 unanimously endorsed the following candidates for office:
John Shaban for 4th Congressional District
Toni Boucher for 26th State Senate
Tony Hwang for 28th State Senate
Adam Dunsby for 135th State House of Representatives (pictured below)

Adam Dunsby

Weston RTC Chair Bob Ferguson said, “We are excited to have so many candidates running for office that have faithfully served Weston and the State of Connecticut for years. Considering the State’s current fiscal woes, we need representatives with proven track records that have consistently fought for fiscal responsibility and against the administration’s runaway spending policies.”

The Weston Forum ENDORSES Nina Daniel for First Selectman

Nina_Daniel_FirstSelectman-endorsedFor FIRST SELECTMAN – The endorsement goes to Republican Nina Daniel

At the top of the ticket, First Selectman Gayle Weinstein is running for a fourth term, but it’s one too many.

When the chief elected official starts treating the town like her own personal business, she forgets that she is a steward of the community.

Last year, a prohibitive practice complaint was filed by the public works union when the first selectman’s son was given a job as a seasonal town employee at the transfer station. The incident called to question why the first selectman’s son was hired by the town in the first place. Was it favoritism, nepotism or just poor judgment?

The Republican registrar of voters and deputy registrar resigned recently following a clash with Weinstein claiming she had created a “corrosive and increasingly inhospitable work environment” for them.

Weston’s chief of police resigned a few years ago following a heated conflict with Weinstein over two military surplus Humvees. Fortunately, the Weston community rallied to his support and he withdrew his resignation.

Weinstein’s leadership and management style is disrupting town hall and workers are suffering from low morale, affecting their ability to get their jobs done.

We have elections for a reason. People aren’t expected to hold public office forever. Sometimes a change of the guard is a good thing in order to make progress and move forward.

If the job brings out the first selectman’s unprofessional temperament and conduct, it’s time to step down.

In this election, it’s time to elect someone who has the background, experience and ability to get along with others to lead Weston.

*** Nina Daniel
has worked for the betterment of both Weston’s children and senior citizens as a member of the Board of Education, Commission on Aging, and founder and president of the Friends of the Weston Senior Center.

Daniel has an excellent working relationship with school board members and the superintendent of schools, and has supported excellence in education, working collegially on the board for initiatives for the schools.

Daniel can see projects through from conceptualization to completion.  She spearheaded the plan to refurbish the Senior Center, and has worked to raise funds to help pay for its improvements.

Because of her community involvement, it was no surprise that Daniel was named Weston’s Citizen of the year in 2014.

Daniel’s education background is impressive. She brings a lot to the table as a Fulbright scholar and graduate of Bryn Mawr College and Princeton University.

Will there be a learning curve if Daniel is elected first selectman? Sure, just as there was a learning curve for Weinstein before her.   As Weston faces important issues such as a declining school enrollment and shrinking grand list, it needs a leader at the helm who can work cooperatively with others to get the job done.

For her proven ability to do just that, Nina Daniel is the better choice for first selectman.

The Weston Forum ENDORSES Dennis Tracey for Board of Selectman

For selectmanNina_Daniel_Dennis_Tracey_BOS-endorsement, incumbent Dennis Tracey is running against political newcomer Chris Spaulding.

Spaulding, a life coach, has a positive personality and disposition, qualities that would serve him well on any Weston board or commission.   But in Spaulding’s first run for political office, he is challenging Dennis Tracey, who has served the town exceptionally well for the past four years.

As the managing law partner of a renowned international law firm, Tracey brings many positive leadership qualities to the board. He is a thoughtful listener who encourages open discussion, allowing members of the community to weigh in on important matters.  He also speaks up as a voice of reason when he believes there is inequity on an issue.

Tracey has proven he is more than an elected official. He is a statesman of high integrity and caliber and Weston is fortunate to have him on the Board of Selectmen. Dennis Tracey deserves re-election.

The Weston Forum ENDORSES Bob Ferguson for Board of Finance

Bob_Ferguson_bof-endorsedSince May, Bob Ferguson has been filling a vacancy on the board.

During town budget discussions he has proven to be thoughtful, knowledgeable, and very good at communicating with the public during difficult times.

Ferguson has a strong financial background that will serve the town well, with 25 years’ experience with banks and Wall Street firms including Barclays and Wachovia. Challenger Sarah Schlechter also has a financial background, but Ferguson has proven he is up to the job and deserves the opportunity to continue his service on the finance board.

Bob Ferguson deserves the vote for the Board of Finance.

The Weston Forum ENDORSES Ellen Uzenoff and Dan McNeill for Board of Education

For the Board of Education, there are five candidates running for four seats. The three incumbents, Phil Schaefer, Ellen Uzenoff, and Dana Levin deserve reelection.

Weston public schools are a huge source of pride for the entire community. The Weston school district has received numerous well-deserved accolades for excellence in education in the past few years, due in part to outstanding leadership by the school board, superintendent, and staff.

Schaefer, Uzenoff, and Levin have a good working relationship and have proven they can balance the respDan_McNeill_boe-endorsedonsibility of providing top-quality education for Weston’s children while providing responsible school budgets.

The fourth candidate who deserves election to the Board of Education is Dan McNeill. As a former second grade teacher at Hurlbutt Elementary School, PTO president, and current member of Weston’s Commission for Children and Youth, McNeill is well equipped to jump right into challenging and complex school board issues.

Dan McNeill’s background and expertise give him the edge over political newcomer Jacqueline Blechinger.

Wine and Cheese Meet and Greet 2015

Candidates met with local voters in a continuing effort to help illustrate the need to elect Republicans in our municipal elections on Nov 3.   Michael Carter and Nick Noyes were honored for the long service and valuable contributions to the town.

In addition James Joyce was honored with a $500 check from the Sandra Wiehl Memorial Fund for his tireless efforts on behalf of the 2015 Weston Republican municipal election.  James is the son of two public educators, Anne and Kevin Joyce, of, respectively, Fairfield public schools and Weston High School.