DTC CANDIDATES FOR RTM DISTRICT SEVEN, 2019
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Lauren Bove

EMAIL: laurenrtm7@gmail.com

  • Elected and Serving District 7, Fairfield RTM

  • Secretary of the RTM Finance Subcommittee

  • BA in Political Science, UCONN

  • Intern for CT House Majority Office

  • Delegate for Governor's Nominating Convention

  • Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition Volunteer

  • Parent of a child in Fairfield Public Schools and one who has graduated from FPS

Statement:
My concerns for my district remain keeping and improving Fairfield's affordability for all residents. A healthy town is a town with a wide variety of residents, mature and young. I wish to grow the tax base with business development, lessening the burden on individual property owners. I support tax relief for the elderly and disabled residents. I believe in maintaining and improving the excellent services and top notch public school system that Fairfield residents love and deserve. All of these items are my priority and I will continue to work hard for my district and my town.

 
 
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Mark A. McDermott

EMAIL:  markmcdrtm7@gmail.com

  • Incumbent RTM District 7 member since 2015

  • Current RTM Deputy Moderator

  • Current Chairman of the RTM Education & Recreation Committee and Vice-chairman of the RTM Senior & Disabled Tax Relief Committee

  • Current Official Co-Chair Westport WRAT Swimming Team Board; USA Swimming Official - Starter and YMCA - Level II Official

  • 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

  • Past Head Volunteer Coordinator for the Fairfield YMCA FlyFins Swim Team

  • Central Connecticut Coast YMCA Volunteer of the Year Award Fairfield YMCA 2012

  • Fairfield Rec Soccer - Girls head coach since 2009

  • Married father of one child attending Fairfield public schools and one Fairfield public schools graduate attending Syracuse University

  • RLMS PTA member
    Work for American & Efird LLC – Global Retail Solutions, North East Manager

Key Issues:

  • Education & Recreation

  • Senior & Disabled Tax Relief

  • Public Health & Safety

  • Public Works & Planning

Statement:
I have been a resident of the great town of Fairfield for over 14 years and am an active member of the community, currently serving on the RTM, volunteering as an official for USA and YMCA Swimming as well as coaching Fairfield Rec girls soccer. 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 Fairfield is affordable for our seniors and 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.

 
 
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Jill Vergara

jillrtm7@gmail.com

  • Deputy Majority Leader

  • Incumbent RTM D7 member since 2015

  • Chair of the RTM Senior & Disabled Tax Relief Committee

  • A.B. Honors from Brown University

  • J.D. from NYU Law, NYU Law Review Articles Editor

  • Litigation Associate with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobsen LLP

  • The White House Counsel's Office, Clinton Administration, Judicial Nominations

  • U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division

  • NYU Law School, Research Assistant to local government scholar, focusing on municipal bond issues

  • Sarah Doyle Women's Center, Providence, RI

  • Roger Sherman PTA Executive Board, RLMS PTA Executive Board 

  • Married mother of two children in the Fairfield public school system

Key Issues:
Education funding and investment in education infrastructure that maintains our neighborhood schools; investment in senior programs and resources; environmental protection; creative and proactive approach to town governance; reform of blight provision; flood mitigation and preparedness; pedestrian and bike infrastructure to increase walkability and connectivity; partnership with universities; equitable distribution of locally undesirable land uses so that no one area of town is overburdened; strategic planning to aid in business development 

Statement:
Since moving to Fairfield ten years ago, I have often called Fairfield "Shangri-La for families." Fairfield is an amazing town because of its: 1) great public schools, connected to close-knit 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, I'm committed to ensuring that these three elements--schools, beaches/parks/historic sites, and businesses--continue to succeed and grow so that our town continues to attract new families and businesses. I love my neighborhood, and I feel passionately about serving 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.

 
 
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Karen P. Wackerman

EMAIL: karenrtm7@gmail.com

  • Incumbent RTM D7 member since 2015.

  • RTM Majority Leader, 2017-present.

  • Attorney at Pullman & Comley LLC.

  • BA from Smith College in Government, J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.

  • 7-year resident of Fairfield in 2012

  • "Big Sister" with Big Brothers/Big Sisters

  • Parent of two grown children who were educated in public schools.

  • Member, Board of Directors, Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, Inc.

Statement:
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 continue to 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. I hope that my work on the RTM can help to ensure that Fairfield remains the great town it is and continues to be one of the best places in the country to raise children.

Seniors are a very important part of our community, and it is critical that we try to make Fairfield affordable for them. I am proud of the work that the RTM's Senior and Disabled Tax Relief Committee did this year to propose amendments to the tax relief ordinance to help more seniors reduce their taxes. I hope that the Board of Finance will recommend those amendments so that the RTM can pass them and seniors can start saving on taxes.

Economic development will help to increase Fairfield’s tax base and keep homeowners’ taxes at a reasonable level, and I will support these efforts while ensuring that the special character of our wonderful town is preserved. The plans for the Community Theater are an exciting example of improvements that can be made that embrace Fairfield's history and character while also growing its grand list. Thoughtful economic development projects can increase our tax revenue without changing the fabric of our town and will improve the lives of all of Fairfield's citizens.