Meet Our Candidates
Candidate: First Selectman
David Bindelglass and his wife, Gloria, are 25-year Easton residents. Always involved in community life, David became a member of Easton’s Board of Education in 2015. An orthopedic surgeon and Chief of Orthopedics at Bridgeport Hospital, Dave was named Physician of the Year in 2018. He honed his leadership and executive skills as President of the Medical Staff and member of the hospital Board of Directors while being a member of the Executive Committee of Orthopedic Specialty Group, his large private practice. David will guide Easton’s future with careful planning and leadership that embraces the future and protects and preserves our community.
I have had several years of experience here in Easton as a Selectman, first from 1997 to 2001, and then from 2003 to the present. I originally grew up in Fairfield and attended Fairfield public schools. My wife Debbie and I have lived in Easton for 29 years, where we have raised our two daughters, Sarah and Rebecca. I also served on the Board of Finance from 1994 – 1997, the EMS and Firefighters Tax Abatement Committee, and the 1997 HKMS Building Committee. Currently I work as a Clerk of the Bridgeport Juvenile Court.
Tara Donnelly Gottlieb
Candidate: Board of Finance
I am a CPA, financial executive, advocate, and mother of two, and I am committed to securing a prosperous and vibrant future for Easton. I was born and raised in Bridgeport and graduated from Fairfield University with an MBA in Finance and a Masters in Real Estate from NYU. Currently I serve as the Director of Finance at a Real Estate investment management firm. With over 15 years of experience, I have the financial acumen that is imperative in allocating funds and reaching budget resolutions.
Outside of work I am an Everytown Survivor Fellow and am actively involved in Moms Demand Action. My work empowers survivors (like myself) to share their stories. Through this advocacy I want to ensure that others receive emotional, financial, and legal education and resources to help improve their lives and futures. I believe in mobilizing people to get engaged, take action, and thrive.
Candidate: Board of Finance
I am a passionate, involved advocate for Easton and our children. I believe building a sustainable community for all of our residents is of primary importance. Currently I serve on the board of the Easton Community Center and the PTO. I also coach AYSO soccer and joined the Board of Finance as an alternate. Professionally, I am a lifelong educator — currently the VP of Academics for a large education company — So I have a strong understanding of education and financial management issues, which is particularly important for Easton.
As a mother of three boys (Lewis, 6; Robert, 3; and, Oliver, 7 months), I am a passionate advocate for funding our schools and keeping class sizes small, preserving our town’s bucolic landscape, and protecting our seniors by controlling the mill rate. My goal as a member of the BoF will be to manage spending and seek new sources of revenue other than individual property taxes.
Candidate: Tax Collector
I believe that what we do for ourselves ends with us, what we do for other people continues on. My name is Walter Kowalczyk. My wife Desiree and I have one son, Quaid. For the past 9 years my family has resided in Easton. Prior to taking time to raise my son, I worked on economic, public policy, and budget analysis in both the public and private(tech) sectors. I currently serve on the Board of Easton Baseball League, and as a Commissioner on Planning and Zoning for the town of Easton. I am running for Tax Collector for the town of Easton because I am looking to give back to a community that has give me so much.
Candidate: Region9 BOE
I have always been an advocate for excellence in education and I have worked hard toward that goal for the 21 years that I have lived in Easton. I have been a working Board Member and the Founding Vice President of the Easton Learning Foundation for 14 years. I have worked with school administrators, teachers and community members to fund innovative programs for all the schools in Easton and Joel Barlow High School. Both of my children are graduates of our excellent public schools and I appreciate the value that excellence brings to our children’s lives and our property values. I am also an empty nester living on my own so I understand the struggles of maintaining a home in Easton living on a fixed income. I hope to be able to bring a balanced, moderate, yet forward-thinking approach to the Region 9 Board of Ed.
Candidate: Region9 BOE & Easton BOE
I believe a strong school system is a key component of Easton’s present and future. A CT native, I grew up in Fairfield and am a product of Fairfield Public Schools. I moved back to Easton several years ago and have a son, Henry, who is in sixth grade at Helen Keller Middle School. I am currently a member of the Easton Board of Education and was previously an Alternate on the Conservation Commission. I work for a solar energy company.
Candidate: Easton Board of Education
I currently sit on the Easton Board of Education, enthusiastically serving on the curriculum and policy committees. My wife Katy and I have twin boys, Alex and Sam, in the 5th grade at Samuel Staples Elementary. From 2013 to early 2019 I served as the Vice President of the Easton Learning Foundation, helping to run the Trivia Bee, Sports Tag Sale, and many other community events to benefit our schools. I have served on Easton’s youth soccer board for 6 years, acting as age division director and Child Volunteer Safety Advocate. In 2015, I co-founded CSE, a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering science, technology, and engineering instruction within the context of real world project-based courses.
Candidate: Library Board
I want to give back to Easton through service on the Library Board and help foster a love of reading and learning in upcoming generations. My name is Douglas Bilinski and I am running for a position on the Easton Library Board. My wife Pat Camuto and I moved to Easton over 26 years ago and raised our daughters here. From the start the Easton Library has been an important resource for our growing family. Our children benefited from many library programs and eagerly participated in the summer reading challenges, Story Book Parade, game nights, book sales and arts contests. They volunteered in the children’s library as they got older.
My 33 years of business management experience as a physician in private practice will be an asset to the Board as we explore ways to engage and serve the people of Easton. The Library is a vital community and information center and a destination for all ages. Through a position on the Board, I want to work with my colleagues to find innovative ways to support this mission.
Candidate: Library Board
Veronica is serving as the current Chair of the Library Board of Trustees and is running for re-election. She is an experienced trial attorney and litigator, and she volunteers as an arbitrator for the Small Claims Court. Veronica believes that libraries can address the need for diverse perspectives as well as equitable access to information. She wants to preserve its place at the heart of our community, which strives for educational and cultural excellence. Veronica has two sons who have benefited from the programs and learning initiatives within our library and public schools.
Candidate: Board of Assessment Appeals
I have served in multiple roles for both Easton and Trumbull over the years and am deeply committed to local government. I have been an alternate on the Town of Easton’s Zoning Board of Appeals since 2018, and as an Alternate on the Board of Assessment Appeals since 2017. I also served on the Town of Trumbull’s Board of Assessment Appeals from 2004 to 2016. Outside of public service I am an attorney with offices in Fairfield and Stamford.
Candidate: Zoning Board of Appeals
As someone who has surveyed my own property using a map, heel-to-toe steps, measuring tape, and some string when the tape ran out, when trying to judge just how close to my neighbor’s property line would be safe to clear brush, I share many people’s desire to get the most out of their real estate investment. If selected to sit on the Zoning Board of Appeals I will assist you in understanding and resolving your zoning concerns should any come up. My husband and I, and our two sons, have lived in Easton for coming up on six years, but I am originally from Southwest Ohio farm country. I moved out East for college (MA) then headed down to NYC for 12 years. I always had a soft spot in my heart for CT though, which is how we ended up here. Beyond that, I work as a marketing consultant, jewelry entrepreneur, and an adjunct professor at SHU.
Candidate: Zoning Board of Appeals
The path forward on many issues is not always clear. We are presented with many competing, and sometimes equally valid, priorities. I believe we keep to our values – by doing the most good, for the most people, most of the time. Although new to Easton, I’m not new to community involvement. I’ve held a wide range of elected, appointed, and volunteer positions nearly everywhere I’ve lived – from Library Trustee, to PTO Treasurer, to classroom and team mom – I’ve always wanted to show up for my family and community.
I’m a professional proposal writer, experienced in corporate compliance and risk mitigation. I’ll use these skills as I evaluate and apply Easton’s established zoning rules. I’m eager to play my small part in ensuring Easton moves confidently into the future as a healthy, affordable, sustainable, and welcoming place to live.
I live in Easton with my husband Joe and our two children. My daughter Emma is a senior Bioengineering student at Northeastern University in Boston, MA and my son Chandler is a junior studying Chemical Physics at the University of New Hampshire College of Engineering and Physical Sciences in Durham, NH. Our German shepherd, Sadie, is the baby of the family.
As a Constable for the town, I hope to find solutions that will help to move Easton forward. I am currently serving as a member of the Library Board, and as the healthcare consultant for the Easton Community Center. I have also served as Commissioner for the Easton EMS. Outside of Easton, I have spent the majority of my career as an emergency department nurse and critical care instructor. I recently developed an app that guides providers in resuscitation, assists with critical tasks, and documents events.
For the last five years I have served as a Constable in Easton, and prior to that I held several community-focused volunteer roles in various town organizations. I have lived in Easton for 25 years and have been very active in support of this community. Thus far I have volunteered for: Easton Little League, Easton AYSO, Historical Society of Easton, and the Easton Democratic Town Committee. I have been an Easton Fire Commissioner for three years. I am also a member of the Easton Racquet Club and have served on its Board of Directors for 11 years, four of which as President.
I have two children, both graduates of Easton Public Schools and Joel Barlow High School. My wife, Elizabeth ,and I have a Cairn Terrier, Oliver, who actively protects his home on Lantern Hill Road.
I have had the benefit of the long view watching Easton evolve over the years and I continue to cherish this town’s unique character. I believe Easton should remain an agricultural and residential community. As such, in my role as Constable, my goal will be to continue to protect our valuable open space. I am a second generation owner of Silverman’s Farm, a 50-year member of the Easton Volunteer Fire Company, a charter member of the Easton Lions Club, and a former volunteer of the EVEMS. I have served on the Commission for the Aging, as a Justice of the Peace, and I am currently an elected Constable.
I am also is a member of the CT Pomological Society and sit on the Consulting committee for the Trumbull Agriscience Center. I also is currently serve on the Ag Commission.
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