Let the political season begin. First Selectman Gayle Weinstein and Selectman David Muller announced earlier this week they will both seek re-election to the Board of Selectmen this November.
A lot has been accomplished in the last four years, but there’s more to do. That is the reason both Democrats gave when asked why they want to run for Mr. Muller’s third term and Ms. Weinstein’s fourth on the board (she served two years as a selectman before being elected first selectman in 2009).
“I think we make a great team,” Ms. Weinstein said Monday. “I think Dave and I have done a great job together moving the town forward.”
Ms. Weinstein said over the course of the last four years, the duo has been instrumental in bringing forward fiscally responsible budgets, increasing the focus on and support for the town’s seniors and human services needs, and they have focused on projects that had previously been neglected like charter revision, facilities, and the Lachat property.
She said she wants to see the renovation of Lachat through, and after forming a new Global Facilities Committee to try to reorganize all the town’s available spaces, “I want to be able to see how that plays out,” Ms. Weinstein said.
“I feel like we’re not done with our mission, yet… We’ve done a lot but we’re still not done,” Ms. Weinstein said.
Mr. Muller expressed similar sentiments. “We’re going to be completing four years as an effective and efficient management team,” he said. “I’d like to continue for two more years.”
Mr. Muller said one of the pleasures of being on the current Board of Selectmen is the three members — including Republican Selectman Dennis Tracey — work so well together.
“We all get along extremely well, and when we disagree, it’s not political,” he said, adding that all three “are of like minds” when it comes to how they approach managing a town the size and makeup of Weston.
Ms. Weinstein agreed. “I think all three of us make a good team,” she said.
“I have to say, I’m humbled and overwhelmed by the support the Board of Selectmen has gotten from the public. I appreciate being given the opportunity to serve as first selectman the last four years, and I look forward to serving the community for the next two,” Ms. Weinstein said.
Mr. Muller said one of his main reasons for deciding to run for re-election that it’s a job he likes doing. “I really enjoy it.”
Ms. Weinstein’s background
In addition to filling the town’s top post, Ms. Weinstein holds other positions as well. She is on the board of COST (Connecticut Organization of Small Towns); she is co-chairman of the South Western Regional Planning Agency Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (SWRPA/MPO) legislative task force; she is vice chairman of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities’ (CCM) task force on children, youth, and families; she was named to the education subcommittee of the state Municipal Opportunities and Regional Efficiencies (MORE) Commission; and she serves on the board of the secretary of the state’s Citizenship Fund.
Ms. Weinstein moved to Weston with her husband Seth when she was pregnant with their twin sons, Zach and Max, who are going into their senior year at Weston High School.
She earned her undergraduate degree from Brandeis University. She was in the Ph.D. program at SUNY Stony Brook, where she earned her master’s degree in physical anthropology before leaving to start a career as a head hunter/recruiter. She spent seven years placing people in the financial industry.
Before serving on the Board of Selectmen, Ms. Weinstein was a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee; she has been advocacy chairman, organizational vice president, and chapter president for Hadassah, a women’s service and educational organization; she was a member of the Medical Reserve Corps through the Westport Weston Health District.
She held several positions on Weston PTOs, including chairman of the Memorial Day Fair, and she was the first president of the intermediate school PTO.
Mr. Muller’s background
Mr. Muller, an investment manager for Ashmore Investment Management, lives in Weston with his wife, Diana, and three children, Daniel, Julia, and Benjamin, ages 18, 17, and 15.
He has a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He also has a master’s degree in European law as a Fulbright Scholar from the University of the Saar, Germany.
In addition to serving on the Board of Selectmen, he is the president of the board of the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra.
Before being elected selectman in 2009, Mr. Muller served on the town’s Board of Finance and before that on the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Library Board.
The Weston Democratic Town Committee (DTC) is holding its caucus on Tuesday, July 23, to officially pick its slate for the Nov. 5 municipal election.
The Weston Republican Town Committee (RTC) will caucus the night before, on July 22.