Meet the WDTC Candidates

BREAKING NEWS: Senator Chris Murphy and Congressman Jim Himes Endorse Deb McFadden for Selectman:
“Deb has a great understanding of how national and state issues connect to the needs and concerns of Wilton residents. She’ll be a really strong, passionate voice for the town, and I’m eager to work with her.”—Senator Chris Murphy

“Having known Deb for many years, I have no doubt that she has the vision and expertise to lead the Town of Wilton as Selectman. She will be a tireless advocate for residents and I am proud to support her.”—Congressman Jim Himes

BOARD OF SELECTMEN

Deborah McFadden

I want to return to the Board of Selectmen so the voices of all citizens of Wilton—no matter what their political affiliation or personal background—are heard.  We need to engage community-wide dialogue and collaborative action so, together, we shape the future of Wilton.  My three areas of focus are:  1) Fiscal responsibility, economic development, growth of our grand list and updating our Plan of Conservation and Development; executed with sensitivity toward our heritage of protecting open spaces and historic preservation. READ MORE…


BOARD OF EDUCATION

Deborah Low

GREAT schools  BRIGHT futures

As a former educator with 38 years of experience, I am passionate about schools. I know that excellent public schools are essential to the long term success of students.  As a parent of two Wilton graduates, I am committed to continuing the legacy of educational excellence in Wilton. I most recently served for eight years as Superintendent of the Ridgefield Public Schools.  Prior to that, I worked for the Wilton Public Schools for 20 years holding a variety of positions including WHS Principal and Wilton Assistant Superintendent. READ MORE…

Gretchen Jeanes

As a member of the BOE, I will work to improve our already strong public schools through the study and adoption of technology, programs and policies that have proved successful elsewhere in the country, a practice I’ve used often as a consultant.  I will reach out to parents and be a sounding board for teachers, who, I believe, are our most important asset, and the key to moving our schools ahead. Drawing upon my management and volunteer experiences, I am determined to make Wilton schools even more competitive, and fiscally efficient, than they are today. READ MORE…


PLANNING AND ZONING

 

Eric Fanwick (4-year term)

I moved to Wilton 18 years ago, I moved here for not only the quality of the schools but the quality of the life. I believe Wilton to be a excellent balance of residential and commercial space. And to help preserve that balance I have spent most of the past 16 years on land use boards.  I believe that good zoning regulations and a detail master plan are key elements to maintaining the nature of Wilton. READ MORE…

 

Doris Knapp (4-year term)

I feel privileged to have been asked to serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission again because I believe that preserving the residential and historical character of the town is of paramount importance. The Commission needs to insure that it pursues policies that not only protect the special character of Wilton but also enhance the quality of life for its residents. It should create a framework for planned and controlled growth as well. READ MORE…

 

Bas Nabulsi (2-year term)

I have previously served on Wilton’s Planning & Zoning Commission for more than ten years and have lived in Wilton for 25 years.  I have been away from the Commission for several years, and am now seeking a return because I believe my experience and understanding of the role to played by the Commission in the Town’s development would be valuable at this time. In particular, careful consideration and implementation of a new Plan of Development and Conservation is important, both in the short and long term. READ MORE…


BOARD OF FINANCE

Richard Creeth

A sitting member of the Board, Creeth is a former 4-term Selectman, chair of the DTC, and longtime advocate of energy efficiency who was instrumental in the formation of the Wilton Energy Commission. He is a former member of the Tri-board, comprising members of the BOS, BOE and BOF. As a member of the BOF he has devised and helped to institute financial tools that more precisely determine the effect of proposed expenditures on the mill rate.


ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

Tom Gunther

Gunther, 20 years a banker in New York City, entered the technology field in 1997, and now represents a company in the networking and cloud space. He has lived in Wilton since 2007. Prior to that he served for 12 years on the Mamaroneck, NY, Zoning Board of Appeals, 10 as its chairman. Gunther is an active member of Wilton CERT.

 

Jaclyn Coleman (Alternate) 

My 15 years experience as a real estate attorney has made me both adept at interpreting zoning regulations and aware of the importance of balancing implementation of these regulations with the unique nature of certain real property. As a member of the Zoning Board of Appeal, I can use my skill set to benefit the Town of Wilton which has been a wonderful place for my family.

Jaclyn Coleman is the Managing Member of the Law Office of Jaclyn S. Coleman, PLLC which was established in 2009.  Jaclyn represents purchasers and seller in both commercial and residential real estate transactions in New York and Connecticut. She has lived in Wilton for 4 years.


CONSTABLE

Bo Mitchell

Mitchell was Police Commissioner of Wilton for 16 years, retiring in February 2001 to found 911 Consulting, which creates emergency management, crisis communication and disaster recovery plans for corporate clients, many Fortune 500 companies nationally. As Police Commissioner he wrote the department’s strategic plan and reorganized the department, expanding the force from 36 to 44. He has lived in Wilton since 1970.

Ernest Ricco

Ricco, owner of Ricco Enterprises, a construction and property management firm, has been the chairman of the Wilton Democratic Platform committee since 1999 and is responsible for the “Listen to Wilton” platform adopted this month. He is a member of the Connecticut State Platform Committee and has been a delegate to Democratic state and national conventions since 2000. He is a 20-year coach at the high school and collegiate level, presently secondary coordinator for the 2017 Staples High School football team. Prior to moving to Wilton in 1994, Ricco held numerous government posts, including Town Councilman, in Stratford. He and his wife Brenda have 6 children, all of whom have attended Wilton schools.