Meet the Candidates Night | Wilton Democratic Town Committee
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Overview 12 STRONG CANDIDATES - The WDTC is proud to endorse twelve civic-minded Wilton residents for positions on the Town’s governing bodies. Each has served the community with integrity and dedication, making Wilton better because of his/her efforts. <ul><li>SELECTMEN </li></ul><ul><li>Richard Francis Creeth </li></ul><ul><li>Ted Hoffstatter </li></ul><ul><li>BOARD OF FINANCE </li></ul><ul><li>Carl A. "Andy" Pforzheimer </li></ul><ul><li>Chris Stroup </li></ul>John Kalamarides Chair, WDTC <ul><li>BOARD OF EDUCATION </li></ul><ul><li>Karen A. Birck </li></ul><ul><li>Barbara Brink Myers </li></ul><ul><li>PLANNING & ZONING </li></ul><ul><li>Alice L. Ayers </li></ul><ul><li>Douglas I. Bayer </li></ul><ul><li>ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS </li></ul><ul><li>John B. Gardiner </li></ul><ul><li>CONSTABLE </li></ul><ul><li>Deborah A. McFadden </li></ul><ul><li>Richard Boyle Mitchell </li></ul><ul><li>Arthur Shulman </li></ul>
Platform LISTEN TO WILTON - Each of the candidates has embraced the WDTC 2009-2011 “ Listen to Wilton ” Platform, available online at www.wiltondems.org <ul><li>PLATFORM HIGHLIGHTS </li></ul><ul><li>Achieve cost savings and financial efficiency by eliminating redundant costs and pursuing regional initiatives . </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain affordable town agencies in order to minimize changes in taxes and mill rate . </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure that the Plan of Conservation and Development reflects issues of critical importance to Wilton residents while preserving the Town’s rural character . </li></ul><ul><li>Create new zoning regulations along the widened Route 7 corridor which will increase the commercial tax base ... while keeping the exterior rural aesthetics. </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to support the town library , social services , youth services , and senior services to fulfill their mandate in meeting the changing needs of townspeople. </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare our young people for 21st century life and preserve class size within the Wilton Board of Education guidelines. </li></ul>
Board of Selectmen POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES - Wilton’s official legislative and administrative body is the Board of Selectmen. The Selectmen are responsible for all Town government activities (except school operations), including policy making , administration management and budget accountability . <ul><li>The 2 Democrats up for re-election, Richard F. Creeth and Ted Hoffstatter , have both served prior terms in this role. </li></ul><ul><li>Richard is an IT executive in the financial industry. </li></ul><ul><li>Ted is a Wilton native and graduate of Wilton High School. He is a Certified Connecticut Social Studies teacher and actor. </li></ul>Richard F. Creeth Ted Hofstatter
Board of Finance POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES - The Board of Finance’s primary function is to recommend a budget and a mill rate to the Annual Town Meeting. <ul><li>Incumbent Carl A. “Andy” Pforzheimer , a restaurant group owner, offers a deep understanding of how the Town operates and an open mind toward the needs of the many groups that comprise Wilton. Running for a 2 nd term, he is proud that during his tenure, Wilton has had the lowest tax increase in 20 years. </li></ul><ul><li>Chris Stroup, is not affiliated with either political party, but is running for election on the Democratic ticket. Chris brings sophisticated accounting and finance experience in the areas of effective risk and capital management as the Chairman and CEO of Wilton Re and Senior Advisor of Stone Point Capital. </li></ul>Carl A. “Andy” Pforzheimer Chris Stroup
Board of Education POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES - The Board of Education oversees the delivery of educational programs , curriculum and services to Wilton children and hires a Superintendent of Schools . It prepares and recommends an annual school budget to the Board of Finance and to the Town Meeting. Barbara Myers <ul><li>Karen A. Birck , who currently chairs the Board of Education, is running for a 2 nd term. Karen, a Wilton resident for 18 years, has been a member of the Board of Education since 2004. She is co-Chair of the Wilton High School Building Renovation Committee. </li></ul><ul><li>Incumbent Barbara Brink Myers is a 7-year resident of Wilton, President of A Better Chance of Wilton from 2006-2009, a consensus-maker on the Board of Education, and a strong advocate for youth. </li></ul>Karen A. Birck
Planning and Zoning Commission POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES - The Planning and Zoning Commission is responsible for a general plan for the town and appropriate zoning to achieve that plan. <ul><li>There are 2 Democrats up for re-election: </li></ul><ul><li>Alice L. Ayers has been a member of Planning & Zoning Commission since 1999. Starting in 1964, she has dedicated service to the town of Wilton on the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Conservation Commission, the Board of Finance, Board of Selectmen, and Charter Commission. </li></ul><ul><li>Doug Bayer , a 12-year Wilton resident, is an attorney with the local Firm Bayer & Black, P.C., where he specializes in real estate law. He has been a Member of the Planning & Zoning Commission since 2005. </li></ul>Alice Ayers Doug Bayer
Zoning Board of Appeals POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES - The Zoning Board of Appeals considers requests for variances of the Town’s Zoning Regulations (i.e. setback issues for additions, decks, garages, etc.). <ul><li>Democrat John B. Gardiner is running for re-election to a 2 nd term on the Zoning Board of Appeals. </li></ul><ul><li>John is an 18-year Wilton resident with outstanding history of public service to the town. He is an attorney / investment manager with prior experience on city zoning boards in Colorado and Indiana. </li></ul>John B. Gardiner
Constables <ul><li>The 3 Democrats up for re-election, Art Shulman , Deborah McFadden , and “Bo” Mitchell , have all served prior terms in this role. </li></ul><ul><li>Art, Deb, and Bo are all successful business executives with a strong civic ethic . </li></ul>Art Shulman Deborah McFadden “ Bo“ Mitchell POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES - Constables have the power to deliver legal papers , and can serve upon the call of the First Selectmen in emergencies and times of town need.
November 3 rd is Election Day! YOUR VOTE IS CRITICAL – In this challenging economic climate, it is imperative that Wilton have fiscally-responsible leadership, dedicated to maintaining Wilton’s unique character, small town values, and commitment to the well-being of our neighbors. <ul><li>POLLS WILL BE OPEN FROM 6 AM UNTIL 8:00 PM </li></ul><ul><li>District 1 Wilton High School Clune Center – 395 Danbury Road </li></ul><ul><li>District 2: Driscoll School Gym – 336 Belden Hill Road </li></ul><ul><li>District 3 Middlebrook School Gym – 131 School Road </li></ul>This year’s ballot has 2 sides – make sure you fill out both the front and back.
Visit our New Website to Keep Informed <ul><li>Find out more about the candidates . </li></ul><ul><li>Read the full “ Listen to Wilton ” platform. </li></ul><ul><li>Stay abreast of campaign events . </li></ul><ul><li>Get more details on voter registration , absentee ballots , and voting-day assistance. </li></ul><ul><li>Sign-up to receive email alerts on important issues facing Wilton. </li></ul><ul><li>Make a contribution to support our candidates. </li></ul>www.wiltondems.org