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Weston bi-partisan fund-raiser Saturday benefits Women’s Campaign School at Yale

Weston First Selectman Gayle Weinstein, a Democrat, and Britta Lerner, chairman of the Weston Republican Town Committee and member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, are among those putting political differences aside to co-host a special bi-partisan event to support The Women’s Campaign School at Yale University.

The campaign school is a non-partisan, issue-neutral leadership and political campaign training program for women. Both Ms. Weinstein and Ms. Lerner are graduates of the program.

Ms. Weinstein said the reality is women in politics are viewed differently than men, and women have to run campaigns differently than men. She attended The Women’s Campaign School after serving her first term as a selectman but before she ran for first selectman in 2009.

The program “gave me the nuts and bolts of how to run an effective campaign,” Ms. Weinstein said.

Besides being useful in a practical sense, Ms. Weinstein said it was also a humbling and empowering experience. The women who attend range from those — like her — running for local offices for the first time, to the president of Cameroon.

On the national level, “women’s issues are front and center,” Ms. Weinstein said. “It’s so important for women to have a seat at the table and to be a part of the conversation.”

The United We Stand for Women fund-raiser for The Women’s Campaign School at Yale University on Saturday, June 23, includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at Ms. Weinstein’s house on Hills End Lane from 5 to 7 p.m.

Honorary co-chairmen of the event are former Gov. M. Jodi Rell and the current Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman.

In addition to Ms. Weinstein and Ms. Lerner, event hosts — those who have donated or raised at least $500 for The Women’s Campaign School — include Ann Sheffer of Westport, Weston Selectmen David Muller and Dennis Tracey, former Weston First Selectman Woody Bliss, Barbara Reynolds, chairman of the Weston Democratic Town Committee, and State Rep. Terrie Wood.

The fund-raiser is open to all for a suggested donation to the campaign school of $40 ($500 host donations will be recognized at the event).

RSVP to Britta Lerner, 203-341-9245 or bherlitz@optonline.net.

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