I would like to introduce myself, Andrew Graceffa, and to seek your vote on Nov. 5 for a two-year term on the Fairfield Town Plan and Zoning Commission. I was born and raised in Rockford, Ill., and worked in Chicago for five years after graduating from the University of Notre Dame. My wife Suzanne and I moved to Fairfield in 2006, and our three daughters are enrolled at McKinley Elementary School. I began my career as a sustainable design consultant at Viridian Energy & Environmental in Norwalk in 2008 after working in architecture since graduation.
In 2010, I became involved with the Fairfield Bike Walk Coalition and elected president in 2011. Also in 2011, I was appointed by the Board of Selectman to the Fairfield Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Advisory Committee and elected chair in 2012. Alongside the plan development, endorsed by the selectmen and currently with TPZ, we also helped implement the Mill Plain Road Bike Route, Fairfield's first.
Stronger neighborhoods build a stronger Fairfield that works for everyone, young, old, and in between, is sustainable and is financially strong. My experience, knowledge, and passion would offer a unique service to the TPZ Commission. As Nov. 5 approaches, I look forward to gathering input from my fellow residents and I encourage you to visit my facebook page (www.facebook.com/graceffasfortpz/) to learn more. I am incredibly excited for the opportunity to give back to this fantastic town that we have been proud to call home.
Editor's note: The writer is on the ballot as a Democrat, nominated by the Democratic Town Committee.