Friday, August 16, 2013
Dems Nominate Three for P&Z
By James Lomuscio
Westport’s Democratic Town Committee (DTC) in a special meeting Thursday night nominated three candidates for the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), replacing the placeholder candidates put forth at its July 18 convention.
The candidates are Andra Vebell, David Lessing and Alan Hodge.
According to Jim Ezzes, DTC chairman, Vebell is a lifelong Westporter and a commercial broker for Cushman & Wakefield in Stamford. Her illustrator father Ed Vebell, 92, was a founding member of Westport’s Famous Artists School.
A 14-year Westport resident, British-born Hodge is an attorney who decided to become a citizen after the election of President Obama, Ezzes said. Lessing, is a four-year town resident who works in the wealth management area at Morgan Stanley and is a participant in the Swim Across the Sound.
“We couldn’t have been more pleased to have Andra, David and Alan join our team,” said Ezzes. “All three are knowledgeable about our town, want to preserve the residential character of the town and the downtown and would support smart growth.”
Smart growth and planning for future development has become an election issue, especially with the formation of a new political party formed around it, Coalition for Westport (CFW). It will have a line on the ballot in November, with three candidates vying for spots on the P&Z.
The candidates, all certified by the Town Clerk’s office, are David Press, a former Republican now unaffiliated who served on the P&Z from 2003 to 2011; Denise Torve, a Democrat and former executive director of the Westport Historical Society and First Night; and Glenn Payne, CEO of Switch Energy in Norwalk, who is unaffiliated.
None of the four Republican P&Z members is up for reelection.
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