Ex-chief of staff on ballot as unaffiliated finance board candidate

Thomas Bremer, who served in the Flatto administration as chief of staff, is running as an independent candidate for the Board of Finance.
Thomas Bremer, who served in the Flatto administration as chief of staff, is running as an independent candidate for the Board of Finance.File Photo

Tom Bremer, a former chief of staff in the administration of former First Selectman Kenneth Flatto, will be a petition candidate for a four-year term on the Board of Finance this fall.

"I do not support the status quo," Bremer said in announcing his candidacy Thursday. In addition to serving in Flatto's administration, he also served briefly in the post with Flatto's successor, Michael Tetreau.

A registered Democrat, Bremer said he will run in the Nov. 5 election as an independent candidate.

"Each year, voters complain, politicians explain, and our taxes continue to rise," Bremer said. "Shoulders shrug and we move on to the next year."

As an independent candidate not affiliated with either major political party, Bremer said he will not have to answer "to political bosses or administrations. My only constituency is the taxpayer."

Bremer said his experience in the town government, along with his years as a corporate executive, provide him with a unique set of perspectives and skills as a finance board member.

He said he obtained the 200-plus voter signatures needed to get on the ballot as a petition candidate in less than 24 hours. Bremer filed the petition signatures with the Town Clerk's office on Wednesday and they have been certified.

"I am deeply gratified and thankful to those Fairfielders who signed my petition and allowed me to be certified as a candidate in the upcoming election," he said.

Bremer, a lawyer, was the former legal counsel for U.S. Surgical. He was hired as chief of staff by Flatto in March 2006. Tetreau replaced Bremer in February 2012 with Robert Mayer.

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