FAIRFIELD — Nancy Lefkowitz broke the stranglehold Republicans held on the Representative Town Meeting in District 1 when voters went to the polls earlier this month.

She was part of the wave of Democratic candidates to make it onto the RTM, flipping the slim 21-19 GOP majority to the Democrats with a solid 26 to 14 edge.

Lefkowitz said she expects efficiency, transparency and a commitment to work hard, and cooperatively, with her Republican colleagues.

“I’m excited,” she said, as she waited to take the oath of office at ceremonies Monday at Roger Ludlowe Middle School. “I don’t know enough of what can’t be done, so it’s filled with possibilities and hope. I’m really optimistic.”

Lefkowitz said she hoped the camaraderie she experienced with her opponents while campaigning outside the polls on Election Day continues. “I have high hopes,” she said.

Taking the oath was nothing new for Peter Ambrose, R-1, who is getting ready to serve his eighth term in office. His advice for new members is to listen before you speak.

“I think it’s a wonderful forum to make your feelings known and to voice your opinion about the town,” Ambrose said. “I think it would be really nice to really work together to bring a beneficial result to the community. That’s what they deserve.”

It was the first time for Kerry Berchem, a Democrat from District 8.

“For myself, I’m super honored and excited to be an active member and to contribute to our community and political structure,” Berchem said.

The oath of office was delivered by Town Clerk Betsy Browne to newly-elected members of the Board of Education, Board of Finance, Board of Assessment Appeals, Town Plan and Zoning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, the RTM, and constables.

“This is our chance to set an example,” said First Selectman Mike Tetreau, who was not up for re-election this year. “This is our chance to show what happens in Fairfield doesn’t have to reflect what happens on the national level or the state level.”

“We have some challenges ahead,” Tetreau added, and need to work together to do what needs to be done for the community.