Wednesday, July 16, 2003
Westport Republicans Nominate New Faces for November Elections
Westport Republicans, once a dominate power in town politics but now a minority on all elected boards and commissions, Tuesday night nominated a November election slate of mostly new faces they hope will turn the tide.
Of nine GOP incumbents whose terms are expiring this year, only three chose to run again R. Gavin S. Anderson, 65, on the Board of Finance, Elizabeth Y. Wong, 48, on the Zoning Board of Appeals, and Garson F. Heller Jr., 67, on the Board of Assessment Appeals.
Choosing not to run again were Robert D. Graham, 55, on the Board of Finance; Cheryl A. Bliss, 51, on the Board of Education; William A. Crowther, 79, Elizabeth Kuechenmeister, 51, and Duane Nelson, 49, on the Planning and Zoning Commission; and Lisa K. Wexler, 43, on the Zoning Board of Appeals.
In addition to Anderson, the Republlicans nominated for the Board of Finance Thomas C. Bloch, 58, and Charles W. Haberstroh, who will be 53 next Monday. Haberstroh is a first-term member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM).
Board of Education nominees included Edward M. Bowers, 45, and Lewis D. Brey, 34. Brey is a former RTM member who previously ran unsuccessfully for both the Board of Education and Board of Finance. He had served for 18 months on the finance board filling an unexpired term.
Nominated for the Planning and Zoning Commission were Helen Martin Block, 57, James R. Cochrane, 52, David B. Press, 56, and Sean M. Timmins, 39.
Nominated for the Zoning Board of Appeals in addition to Wong was John M. Hudock, 57. The Republicans could have nominated a third candidate but did not.
The Democrats will hold their nominating meeting July 21. Democratic officials have said only one incumbent has chosen not to run again ֖ Neil K. Gerhardt, 61, on the Board of Education.
In his place, party sources said the Democrats will nominate newcomer Mark H. Mathias, 45.