Daniel and Grozinger lead Weston Republican slate

Weston First Selectman Nina Daniel is running for reelection, while Stephan Grozinger is running for the selectman’s slot on the Republican ticket. — Margaret Wirtenberg photo

Weston First Selectman Nina Daniel is running for reelection, while Stephan Grozinger is running for the selectman’s slot on the Republican ticket. — Margaret Wirtenberg photo

Weston First Selectman Nina Daniel is officially running for re-election. The Republican Town Committee endorsed Daniel at a meeting on Wednesday, June 7, where it also endorsed a full slate of candidates for the municipal election in November.

“I am very grateful to the RTC and the community for the support I have received to serve the town as its first selectman,” Daniel said following the announcement.

In addition to Daniel, who has served one term as first selectman, the committee endorsed Stephan Grozinger for selectman.

Grozinger is an attorney and is the past chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission. He is a member of the Weston Volunteer Fire Department and Aspetuck Land Trust. Grozinger is also an author and was named Weston’s Citizen of the Year in May for his public service to the town. He is married to commercial photographer Claire Ingram. The couple has one daughter, Zoë, 13.

Republican Dennis Tracey, who has served the town as selectman for three terms, announced he was not running again, citing work commitments. Tracey is an attorney with a New York law firm.

Daniel said she will miss Tracey and all the time he has given to the town, but is looking forward to running with Grozinger.

“I greatly anticipate working with Stephan,” said Daniel. “His experience and background will be invaluable on the Board of Selectmen.”

Grozinger, a practicing attorney for 22 years, believes it’s important for a lawyer to be on the Board of Selectmen.

“Part of the reason I decided to run is because Dennis Tracey is stepping down after serving the town very well,” said Grozinger. “He was the legal voice on the board and I think maintaining that voice is very important to town administration.”

Grozinger said it would be an honor to serve on the Board of Selectmen and would be good for him and the town.

“Being part of the local political process is a challenge and it really helps keep you fresh,” he said. “I think doing a good job for this town will be very rewarding.”

Pressing goals

If re-elected, Daniel said the most “pressing goals” for her next term will be maintaining the fiscal sustainability of the town, safeguarding the integrity and excellence of the schools, and working to enhance the lifestyle of residents both young and old.

Daniel said she has amenities she would like to introduce to the town, including “getting creative with town-owned land” and working with public and private partnerships to bring new features to town.

Daniel would like to see the construction of sidewalks, and has applied for a grant for them. She would like to see the creation of a town green near the Onion Barn to host community events. She would also like to find a way to revive the Cobbs Mill Inn which is currently sitting vacant.

She also recognizes concerns of empty nesters who want to downsize from their large homes and remain in town.

For Grozinger, the biggest issue the town faces is maintaining financial responsibility.

“The elephant in the room is the state of Connecticut’s finances,” he said. “There will be challenges to every municipality in the state and addressing those issues as best as we can is important for Weston.”

Daniel said she is proud to have kept tax increases to a minimum during her term as first selectman, citing a small reduction in the mill rate during the 2016-17 budget season.

“I think we have achieved a responsible budget both years I’ve been in office,” she said.

Republican slate

The rest of the Republican slate was filled predominantly with incumbents, with a few new additions.

Running for Board of Finance are incumbents Gerald Sergeant and Bob Ferguson. Newcomers running for the board are Rone Baldwin and Robert Machson.

For Board of Education, incumbent Elise Major is running for another term.

Incumbents Tom Faila and Britta Lerner are running for Planning and Zoning Commission.

Incumbent Leslie Riback is running for Board of Assessment Appeals.

Incumbent Robert Machson is running for Zoning Board of Appeals. (He is also running for Board of Finance)

Incumbent John Moran is running for Zoning Board of Appeals alternate.

Incumbents Woody Bliss and Peter Ottomano are running for Police Commission.

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