Welcome from the Chair
Hello and welcome!
I'm Steve Sheinberg, Chairman of the Fairfield Democratic Town Committee (DTC) since 2016. The core mission of the DTC is to elect capable, qualified Democrats to positions in our local, state, and federal government. We recruit and support candidates who share our fundamental Democratic principles & values and who uphold our vision of promoting economic growth, funding our excellent schools & town services, and ensuring Fairfield is an outstanding place to live, work, and play for all.
As DTC Chair, I firmly believe that if all Democrats participate in the political process, vote, and engage & inspire unaffiliated voters, we will win elections. It is through these efforts that we can ensure a government that mirrors our principles & values and works effectively for all residents. To achieve success, we rely on the invaluable support of our many members, dedicated volunteers, and interns.
During our monthly meetings, esteemed Democratic officials from both our town and state provide us with important updates on matters that are significant to Fairfield. If you are interested in connecting with inspiring, like-minded individuals who are working to make a positive difference in our town, I invite you to attend one of these meetings. You can find a schedule of DTC monthly meetings under the EVENTS section on our website. To stay informed about our latest activities and developments, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns, and I look forward to meeting you in person soon. Together we can create a brighter future for Fairfield!
Steven Sheinberg, Fairfield DTC Chairman
STEVE SHEINBERG, Chairman
Steve Sheinberg has been DTC Chair since 2016, overseeing election operations in Fairfield for the Democratic Party. As Chair, Steve coordinates all local, state, and federal campaign operations in town. Under Sheinberg’s strategic, energetic, and collaborative leadership, the Fairfield DTC has grown and Democrats have achieved numerous significant victories, including: gaining two State Representative seats and therefore achieving 100% Democratic State House representation in Fairfield; gaining a 23-17 seat majority on the RTM; achieving the majority on the Board of Finance for the first time in over five decades; nominating and electing a record number of female candidates; and attaining a landmark victory in RTM District 1, which had been held by Republicans for decades. Steve has been a community activist in Fairfield since moving here from Weston in 2012. In 2015 Steve was awarded the Fairfield Democrats’ Young Turk award for his many outstanding contributions to the Democratic Party. Previously, he was a Democratic Party organizer and President of the North Shore Democratic Association in New York. He is an employee benefits consultant and holds a B.A. in Political Science from Queens College/CUNY. He is married to Amy, is the father to three adult children, and grandfather to two adorable little boys.
CATHY CURLEY, Vice Chair
Cathy Curley has served as DTC Vice Chair and Communications Director since 2018, coordinating & executing social media marketing efforts and email communications, crafting DTC messaging, and creating print & digital materials for the DTC and numerous local campaigns. She has been Program Coordinator for the DTC’s robust Internship Committee since formalizing the program in 2020. The committee consists of over 20 active high school and college students. She has been a core campaign team member for various state & local political campaigns since joining the DTC in 2017. Cathy was awarded the Fairfield Democrats’ Young Turk award in 2021 for her significant contributions to the Democratic Party. An engaged community volunteer, Cathy is a member of Fairfield’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), which supports Fairfield’s first responders in the event of disasters and large-scale emergencies. Previously Cathy was a Disaster Action Team Member & Dispatch Officer with the American Red Cross, a Board Member of SASO (Scholars & Athletes Serving Others), an ESL tutor with Mercy Learning Center in Bridgeport, and a Certified Battered Women’s Counselor with DVS in Stamford. Currently a communications & social media marketing freelancer, Cathy was previously Communications Manager and Event Coordinator for CEO Trust (a private membership association for CEOs), and prior to that, Assistant Director and Therapist at Darien Youth Options of Liberation Programs, Inc. She holds a Master of Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Maryland. She is married to Craig and the mother of two adult children.
DTC Executive Board Members
DIANA SISLER, Treasurer
DTC Treasurer since 2019, Diana came to the DTC with experience as a treasurer at both the state and federal level. She previously served as treasurer for Jim Himes' 2008 Congressional campaign and as Dita Bhargava's campaign treasurer (for both her Exploratory and CT Treasurer Candidate committees) in 2017. She was also Treasurer for Sarah Keitt’s successful 2022 campaign for State Representative. Diana is Owner of Integrated Financial Solutions LLC, providing ongoing consulting and support for her clients. Her work involves converting large amounts of historical financial data into Dynamics GP, a software used for managing financial information.
LAURA KARSON, Recording Secretary
Laura Karson has served as DTC Recording Secretary since 2020. She has been a member of the Fairfield DTC and a key contributor on numerous state & local political campaigns since 2012. In 2019, Laura was elected to the RTM for District 4 and currently Chairs the RTM’s Public Health and Safety Committee. An active community volunteer, Laura was honored with the Fairfield Democrats’ Eunice Postol Community Service Award in 2022. Over the years, she has served as VP of programs for the Fairfield Ludlowe PTA, as a member of the Alcohol and Drug Task Force, and as a volunteer with Operation Hope. A passionate social justice activist, Laura is a member of the local chapter of Indivisible, and was previously a volunteer for the Mid-Fairfield Substance Abuse Coalition, and a volunteer for Planned Parenthood where she rallied for reproductive rights. A former local small business operator, Laura owned five Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt stores, including one in Downtown Fairfield. Laura holds a B.S. in Sociology from Hofstra University. She is married to Jamie and mother to three adult children.
ERIN LOPEZ, Corresponding Secretary
Erin Lopez has served as DTC Corresponding Secretary since 2020 managing the DTC’s email platform. She has been an active member of the DTC's Communications Committee since 2020 and a core campaign team member for various state & local political campaigns since 2017. An engaged community volunteer, Erin has been a member of the Stratfield Village Association Executive Board since 2020, and previously served on Fairfield’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) from 2016 to 2019, where she was Vice Chair of the RTM Finance Committee (2018 to 2019). She is Past President and Executive Board Member of North Stratfield School PTA, a past Woods Middle School PTA member and volunteer, and a Warde PTA member. She also helps run a community library at the Cesar Batalla School in Bridgeport, in addition to other volunteer and leadership roles she’s held over the years. Before becoming a stay-at-home mother, Erin was Managing Editor of the Westport News, the editor of professional publishing trade newsletter, and worked in marketing for national food brands. Erin holds a B.A. in Newspaper Journalism and Political Science from Syracuse University. She is married to Derek, with two children in the Fairfield Public Schools.