Fairfield voters sound off on municipal election
The Fairfield Citizen sampled local voter sentiments in downtown Fairfield on Tuesday, a week in advance of the town's municipal election Nov. 8.
KATIE WHITESIDE, a lawyer who recently opened a probate and elder law practice: "I'm not really following the local elections. I like Michael Tetreau (running for first selectman). I know him personally. I'm going to vote for him. I like the way he's taken over (following Ken Flatto's departure). He communicates with everybody. There were frequent updates during Hurricane Irene that were very helpful and crucial.
"I think the town's in good shape, but I think we need a town pool. Fairfield County has a big swim community and I think Fairfield not having a pool hamstrings the children from being competitive swimmers."
GLENDA O'CONNELL, a pre-school teacher and mother of two: "I follow the presidential race more than the local races. I like someone who is fiscally conservative. ... Locally, Fairfield already has some of the highest taxes in the country. I think we need someone who is looking to control spending and keep taxes down. When the candidates come and shake my hand I listen to them, but the flyers in the mail can be too overwhelming to keep up with."
BRENDAN CLARKSON, college student and aspiring filmmaker: "Last night my father said, `Don't forget Election Day is Tuesday.' I was rather surprised because the media has been focusing on (the) presidential (race) and all that drama. ... I may not know all the candidates, but I know the issues, such as the train station situation over by Whole Foods and the issue of redistricting. I babysit, and one kid goes to Tomlinson Middle School and the other goes to Roger Ludlowe Middle School. I will vote, but I usually follow my father's opinion."
PHIL BUCKLEY, a special agent with the Fairfield Police Department, who worked in the construction equipment business up until seven years ago: "I will probably make up my mind the night before (the elections) and hope for the best. ... I'm a little disappointed with this train station. We're $7 million over the cost that was expected. ... Houses' values went down, but property taxes stayed the same, just about."
PETER LAZAR, who works in health insurance: "I haven't geared up for it yet. So far I haven't heard anything from any of the candidates that makes them stand out and makes me ask questions about what their intentions are for us. However, I think it's important to vote locally. It matters when the lights are out or when trees are falling on my house after a storm. I know that the town can afford some basic services to help us."