DTC CANDIDATES FOR BOARD OF FINANCE, 2019

 
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Elizabeth (Liz) Zezima

EMAIL: liz.zezima@gmail.com
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/ZezimaBOF2019

  • RTM Member District 6; 2013 to 2015: Secretary Public Works and Planning Committee

  • RTM Member District 4; 2015 to July 2017: Finance Committee

  • Appointed to the Board of Finance July 2017

  • Fairfield Democratic Town Committee; member of Executive Committee as Corresponding Secretary 2014-2017

  • Board of Directors Strathmoor Association 2009-2017

  • Board of Directors Fairfield Counseling Services 2012-2016

  • Board of Directors LifeBridge 2016-2019

  • Board of Directors City Lights Gallery 2018-2019

  • 40 years business experience in International Commodity trading

  • Member UConn Alumni Association; BA in Psychology 1978

  • Founding member of Women and Philanthropy, UConn Foundation

Statement:
It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve in Fairfield town government since 2013. I will continue working to keep Fairfield a fiscally sound and desirable place to live and raise a family. I remain committed to meeting these goals through careful fiscal planning and investment.

We have a diverse economy and a thriving business community with excellent schools and services. I will fight to protect these assets and help our town to prosper by supporting our schools, libraries, town amenities, economic development and Senior/Disabled Tax Relief. Attracting businesses and expanding our grand list are essential to providing excellent value and maintaining affordability.

I am proud of my record on the Board of Finance ensuring our tax dollars are spent wisely. I am opposed to making misguided short-term decisions which increase long term costs. I am committed to fiscally thoughtful planning. Most importantly I will continue to support the successes and excellent fiscal stewardship provided by our First Selectman over the past 8 years.

I will be a strong voice for all Fairfielders working to restore civility and bipartisanship on the Board of Finance, both of which are essential to good and responsive government.

 
 
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Lori Charlton

EMAIL: ltcharlton@optimum.net

  • Practicing CPA

  • Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP

  • 35 years business experience in accounting and finance

  • State Treasurer, Fairfield Legislative Leader, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

  • Accounting Advisory Board, Quinnipiac University

  • Accounting Advisory Board, Central Connecticut State University

  • President - Board of Directors, Cardinal Shehan Center (2009 – 2015)

  • Executive Committee Member & Treasurer - Board of Directors, Stamford Center for the Arts (2014-2018)

  • Advisory Board, College Summit Connecticut (2013 – 2015)

  • Personal: Wife to Jeff, six adult children aged 20-27, two grandsons and triplets in process!

Statement:
Why am I running? Simple – because I believe that qualified, passionate people should step up to seek elected office. I bring 35 years of business and leadership experience - as a licensed CPA, a finance executive, a partner in a global accounting/consulting firm, and an experienced board member – together with a passion to serve. And in this moment, my background and experience are more relevant than ever.

The Board of Finance plays a critical governance role over financial decisions that affect every aspect of the quality of life in Fairfield. But it can and should serve a more productive role. The current challenges our Town faces bring an imperative to take a fresh look at issues around risk assessment, governance and internal controls - topics that may not catch our attention under normal circumstances but which are vitally important – both to our fiscal health and to maintain the public trust. We need experienced voices in those discussions – problem solvers on our governing bodies who are committed to solutions rather than division.

I’m not a politician, and I believe your Board of Finance should be apolitical. That’s not a naive view - it is what decades of experience with best-in-class organizations has taught me about how strong governance works. Governance is not synonymous with management – nor is it a rubber stamp, or foil to management. At its best, it combines relevant expertise with thoughtful due diligence, respect for data, collaboration, inclusiveness, and most importantly – civility and a mindset of listening and respect for differing ideas. It also requires transparency to stakeholders in communicating the framework around how decisions are made. These elements are critical to a process that engenders trust and confidence from the community we serve. I know that Fairfield can do better – and you have my commitment to abide by these principles.