Press Release- Slate of Candidates

DTC Candidate Slate

7.31.2019

Press Release

EASTON, CT — The Easton Democratic Town Committee is pleased to announce its slate of candidates for the 2019 Easton municipal elections on November 5th. Candidates were endorsed at a special meeting on July 22nd held at the Easton Public Library.

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David Bindelglass

David Bindelglass, who is running for first selectman, is an orthopedic surgeon and Chief of Orthopedics at Bridgeport Hospital, and in private practice at the Orthopedic Specialty Group, where he is also a member of the Executive Committee. He has served as President of the Medical Staff and as a member of the Board of Directors at Bridgeport Hospital. Bindelglass was elected to the Easton Board of Education in 2015, where he also currently serves on the Easton-Redding-Region 9 Joint Health Insurance Committee. His experience in promoting Easton’s education system, and his many years of caring for the elderly will be key strengths in this upcoming term.

Bindelglass was greeted with an enthusiastic round of applause as the endorsement vote was completed. He took to the podium to thank the enrolled members taking note of local Democrats active growth, enthusiasm, and motivation to serve the community.  “This is a huge step forward. We have a full slate of capable candidates and we should all be proud of this commitment to Easton’s future,” Bindelglass said to the inspired crowd that evening.

"Whether it's schools, seniors, taxes, or protecting the beautiful rural nature of our town, it all comes down to leadership - facing our challenges and solving problems. By working together we can protect what makes Easton extraordinary while taking charge of our future,” said Bindelglass.

Bob Lessler

Joining Bindelglass will be incumbent Selectman Bob Lessler, who brings a wealth of institutional memory and experience to the Democratic ticket and has been endorsed to run for an eleventh term of stalwart service to the Town of Easton. His past roles also include the Board of Finance, the EMS and Firefighters Tax Abatement Committee, as well as the Helen Keller Middle School Building Committee. Both Lessler and Bindelglass hope to enact positive change in Easton, while maintaining the elements of town that make it such a desirable place to live. 

Devon Wible

Devon Wible has been endorsed to run for the Board of Finance (BOF). This will be her first time running since her appointment to the BOF position in June. Wible is very involved in the Easton community serving on the Board at the ECC, and as membership chair on the PTO. She brings a deep understanding of education and financial management, as Vice President of Academics for Catapult Learning.

Tara Donnelly Gottleib

Joining Wible as a first time candidate for the BOF is Tara Donnelly Gottlieb. Gottlieb brings her expertise as a Certified Public Accountant, as well as her strong advocacy and leadership skills from her involvement within the Everytown Survivor Network and Moms Demand Action communities.

The two candidates, together, bring a unique perspective with a focus on education, strategic planning and financial management, all of which will be crucial in the upcoming budget season as spending levels and the education budget are back in the forefront of discussions.

The Democrats also endorsed Walter Kowalczyk for Tax Collector, Katy Reed and Karen O’Brien for the Region 9 Board of Education, Jon Stinson and Katy Reed for the Easton Board of Education, Veronica Rozo and Douglas L. Bilinski MD for the Library Board, Lise Fleuette and Stephanie Christie for the Zoning Board of Appeals, Scott Charmoy for the Board of Assessment Appeals, and Gloria Bindelglass, David Katz, and Irv Silverman as Constables.

The Easton Democratic Town Committee Chair, Nanette DeWester, expressed her enthusiastic support for the slate and excitement about the future of Easton under Democratic leadership.

“Easton is a special place — unlike any in Connecticut.  We are at a crossroads and must choose leadership that both safeguards our unique community and fosters a healthy future for us all.  I know that all of the Democratic candidates will make the right choices to lead us there.  It’s time to have an active government that examines the choices facing Easton and plans for the future.”

-Nanette Dewester, DTC Committee Chair

To learn more about the Easton Democratic Town Committee’s mission, leadership, and how to get involved, please visit: https://www.eastondems.org.

Easton Democratic Town Committee slate of candidates pictured from left to right:  Lise Fleuette, Stephanie Christie, Katy Reed, Devon Wible, Douglas L. Bilinski MD, David Bindelglass, Scott Charmoy, Gloria Bindelglass, David Katz, Bob Lessler, and Veronica Rozo. (Candidates not pictured: Tara Donnelly Gottlieb, Walter Kowalczyk, Karen O’Brien, Irv Silverman, and Jon Stinson.)

MEDIA CONTACT

Sarah Lehberger
Communications Chair
Easton, CT Democratic Town Committee

Email: contact@eastonctdems.com
Phone: 646-425-7696

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Connecticut’s Second Capital

Connecticut's Second Capital

Thanks to the efforts of three Easton women, Easton may soon be known as the official  ‘Christmas Tree Capital of Connecticut.’   Here’s why that’s a boon for our town.

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By Stephanie Christie

If you reside in Easton chances are high that you moved here for one of these reasons:  small, high quality schools, rural living, access to public open spaces and local farms, scenic vistas, nearby beaches, and a ‘relatively’ easy commute to several metropolitan areas as well as more elbow room than in neighboring communities. 

We may be a small town, but our appetite for connecting through nature, and nurturing its abundance, is mighty. 

“We may be a small town, but our appetite for connection through nature, and nurturing its abundance, is mighty.”

There are over 20  farms in the town of Easton, of varying sizes and crops, more than 7,700 acres of protected open space, over 1.3 square miles of water which are mostly reservoirs owned by the Aquarion Water Company, and only 7,700 or so residents.  That’s a lot of wiggle room. While this may present some challenges balancing our tax burden, it is not without prodigious benefits.

From June through October Sport Hill Road is abuzz with tourists visiting for a taste of our lifestyle, venturing north on day trips from New York or Stamford, just to pick berries, apples, and pumpkins, and to give their kids a sense of the country and some fresh air.  Moving into winter months the atmosphere quiets, but for that brief period between Thanksgiving and January, when Easton’s roads again swell with out-of-state licenses and Christmas trees doubling as hood ornaments. 

Several years ago Easton resident, Lori Cochran-Dougall, realized while working on a town committee, that Easton was pretty unique for its abundance of Christmas tree farms.  True, many rural communities have tree farms, but typically those are designated long-growth farms for lumber.  Easton residents have disproportionately chosen to grow Christmas tree varieties, and leverage their proximity to one another, to build a town-wide market for the holiday staple. According to our Town Hall 9 of the 30 working farms in our small town focus on Christmas trees, lead by the massive property on Maple Row.  

Seeing the market opportunity for what it was, Cochran-Dougall, a seasoned marketer, began campaigning to achieve the Christmas tree capital designation for Easton in 2016.   In 2018 she partnered with fellow Eastonite and graphic designer, Allison Deyo Taylor, to develop a logo which they then printed on signs and posted throughout town in November-December of 2018.  

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Now our newly-elected State House Representative for District 135, Eastonite Anne Hughes, has thrown her support behind the initiative. Hopes are high that we will receive official status by the end of 2019.  For Easton and our farms this provides a unique marketing opportunity to drive sales and tax revenues from additional traffic and retail sales during the holiday season, and there are a number of ways they could join forces to co-market for better results.    

For many proud Eastonites who are not farmers, it simply reaffirms another of our town’s unique strengths.  We know when our small enclave works together, that we can achieve great things.

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