Lauren Bové

Democrat

RTM District 7 candidate

Fairfield

Age 53

Incumbent: Yes

Current job: Self-employed - graphic design

Education: F. Scott Bunnell High School, University of Connecticut

The most important issue in this election: The top issues I care to address are the ones that affect the people of Fairfield the most. Education and taxes. I believe that a strong base of homeowners with children pay the majority of the taxes in this town, therefore those families should expect and enjoy the very best education Fairfield has to offer. I continually support the education budget as it is written, and I will do so in the future. Balancing that out, I care about the affordability of taxes in this town and keeping the homes affordable by balancing the need for excellent town services with robust business growth lowering the mill rate. Keeping taxes low [allows for] the elderly, the young, our town employees and an overall healthy socioeconomic mix in the town.

Other issues: It is quite clear that transparency and honesty are more important than political maneuvering. My personal pet peeve, to put it lightly, is exacerbating and striking fear and causing anger in residents in order to manipulate their feelings and turn those into policy. Nothing good comes from fear and anger. Everything good happens when we can work together toward a common positive goal. Honesty, integrity, accountability, transparency and truly doing our best for every single person in this town is all I care about.

Family: I have a pretty modern family. I have an older son Trevor, who enjoyed the Fairfield school system at its finest and is now 25-years-old, having attended Hofstra University. He is now the manager of a local business in town that employs many Fairfield residents. I have a younger son, Sam, who currently attends the high school and has been through every step of the education system in Fairfield. I am sorry to say, I’ve seen a drop in what’s available to him compared to his older brother. Squeezing the education budget has caused a lot of tension. Teachers are buying their own supplies in a very affluent town, and that’s a shame.

Previous elected offices, community group affiliations: Volunteer for the Bridgeport child advocacy coalition; RTM; secretary to the RTM Finance sub-committee; liaison to the building committee for H. Smith Richardson clubhouse; cosponsored several important ordinances in town, including the safe discharge of firearms ordinance and the eco-minded, healthy environment ordinance that removed plastic bags of single use that so littered and tainted our environment in Fairfield.