For 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.