RTM District 7

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Mark A. McDermott
215 Old Post Road

  • LIU – CW Post, MBA Marketing, 1991
  • LIU – CW Post, BS Business Administration, Minor – Economics, 1983
  • Member of Division I Lacrosse Team, 1982 &1983
  • Recipient of the James Dehoff Sideline Hustler Award, 1983
  • Head Volunteer Coordinator for the Fairfield YMCA FlyFins Swim Team
  • Central Connecticut Coast YMCA Volunteer of the Year Award Fairfield YMCA 2012
  • USA Swimming – Stroke & Turn Official
  • YMCA – Level I Official
  • Fairfield Rec Soccer - Girls head coach for two age groups
  • Wife Jane Rice and one daughter in FLHS and one in Sherman
  • Work for American & Efird LLC – Global Retail Solutions, North East Manager

Key Issues: Education & Recreation, Public Health & Safety, Public Works & Planning

I have been a resident of the great town of Fairfield for over 10 years and am an active member of the community volunteering at the YMCA and at the Fairfield Rec.  I am passionate about the issues that impact our community and feel that the only way to make a difference is to get involved and give your time. In particular I want to ensure that today’s residents, and the future residents, of Fairfield are provided with the best educational and recreational resources in the country. I’m also committed to making sure that the health and safety of our residents is paramount. I will be fiscally responsible and I want to listen to your concerns and ask for your vote of confidence in representing those concerns as part of RTM District 7.


Jill Vergara

  • A.B. Honors from Brown University
  • J.D. from New York University School of Law, NYU Law Review Articles Editor
  • Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, Litigation Associate
  • The White House Counsel’s Office, Clinton Administration, Judicial Nominations Paralegal
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Appellate Section Honors Paralegal
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Judicial Assistant to Judge Sarah L. Wilson
  • NYU Law School, Research Assistant to local government scholar, focusing on municipal bond issues
  • Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights, Intern
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury, Intern
  • Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA), Intern
  • Sarah Doyle Women’s Center, Providence, RI, Staff Member
  • Habitat for Humanity, volunteer
  • MOMS Club of Fairfield South, Sunshine Committee Chair
  • Art Smart, volunteer at Roger Sherman Elementary
  • Married to Ed Vergara, 2 children at Roger Sherman Elementary School; and our 3rd “child” is our puppy named Pepito

Key Issues:  Education & Recreation; Public Works & Planning; Legislation & Administration, especially as related to property, zoning and labor issues

Since moving to Fairfield six years ago, I have often called Fairfield “Shangri-La for families.”  Fairfield is an amazing, almost magical, place because of its:  1) great schools, connected to close-knit, friendly neighborhoods; 2) beautiful beaches, parks and historic landmarks; and 3) thriving downtown, where people from all over come to sample the best food and shops in CT.  As an RTM member, my aim would be to ensure that these three elements—schools, beaches/parks/historic sites, and downtown businesses—continue to succeed and grow and shine, so that our fantastic town continues to attract new families and businesses.  I love my neighborhood, and I feel passionately about serving for the community; I want to keep my neighborhood strong and interconnected, maintaining the foundation that will keep Fairfield a great place to live and raise a family for generations to come.


    Karen Wackerman
    192 Shoreham Village Drive

    • BA from Smith College in Government, J.D. from Brooklyn Law School
    • Moved from Wilton to Fairfield in 2012 and love it!
    • Attorney in Fairfield law firm
    • Former Professor, UConn LawSchool
    • Volunteer mentor in Bridgeport Public Schools
    • Two grown children
    • Past Member WIlton Inland Wetlands Commission
    • In Wilton I was very active in my community as a Girl Scout Leader, PTA member, Wilton Congregational Church Board Member, and other roles
    • Past Chairman of the Board of Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County, Member of Board of Directors for 12 years

    Key Issues: Schools, senior citizens, commercial and economic development

    I think Fairfield is an amazing place. It has so many assets – wonderful schools, beautiful beaches, a fun and very prosperous downtown, well-maintained public spaces, and so much more. On the RTM, I will work hard to keep our town the wonderful place it is by seeing that services are maintained, the schools have what they need to provide an excellent education to our children, and taxes remain reasonable. The RTM needs to be a cooperative and balanced body where positive things happen for our town.