Westport Democrats Nominate Candidates
Westport Democrats Monday night nominated their slate of candidates they hope will help them retain control of the towns boards and commissions in NovemberҒs election.
There were no surprises in the candidates selected. Five of the six incumbent Democrats up for election chose to run again.
The new face is Mark H. Mathias, 45, a candidate for the Board of Education, replacing retiring Neil K. Gerhardt, 61.
Westport Democrats pose following their nominations Monday night. They are (L-R) Mark Mathias, Board of Education; Eleanor Lowenstein, Planning and Zoning Commission; James Ezzes, Zoning Board of Appeals; Kevin Connolly and Steven Ezzes, Board of Finance, and Mary Parmelee, Board of Education. Contributed photo/WestportNow.com
Running for re-election on the Board of Finance are chair Steven L. Ezzes, 56, and Kevin A. Connolly, 48; Mary R. Parmelee, 49, on the Board of Education; chair Eleanor S. Lowenstein, 62, on the Planning and Zoning Commission, and James C. Ezzes, 52, chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals.
James Ezzes is running uncontested on his board.
The Democrats did not nominate a candidate to face off against Garson F. Heller on the Board of Assessment Appeals because the Democratic vacancy to fill an unexpired term must be filled by board members.
In his acceptance speech, Steven Ezzes made clear that he felt the Board of Education should be able to find the funds to retain the 8 a.m. starting time at Coleytown Middle School.
The contentious issue has embroiled the Board of Education in controversy for months and opponents of the change in starting time have said the issue will be front and center in the November election.
Mathias, the new Board of Education nominee, is an information technology specialist with more than 25 years in business and technology. He said the school system was one of the primary items that attracted his family to Westport two years ago.
Westport Republicans nominated their candidates last week. (See WestportNow July 15, 2003).
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