WESTON, Conn. Selectman David Muller enjoys the small-town feel of Weston and getting to know everyone in town.
"I like the fact that I can go to the hardware store, Peter's Market or the Lunch Box and run into people I know," said Muller, who is running for a second term. "I like that it feels like I'm out in the country, but it does not feel like a bedroom suburb of New York City. My wife and I love theater and music and we have access to it in Fairfield, Stamford and the city. It's accessible but not staring you in the face."
Muller was born in southern New Jersey, in a suburb of Philadelphia. He studied international relations at Brown University and took the Foreign Service exam after graduation. Muller received a Fullbright Scholarship to study in Germany for one year before attending the business school at the University of Chicago.
He worked at JP Morgan from 1984 to 1999 in New York, Zurich, London and Hong Kong. He and his wife moved to Westport in 1994 and at the time had never heard of Weston. Once their third child came along, the family wanted a larger home and found what they wanted in Weston in 1998.
Growing up, Muller was very involved in music. He played the bassoon in the marching band and wind ensemble and was all-state in orchestra in New Jersey. Muller spent summers in Switzerland learning French.
"My father was born in Europe. It was always important for his kids to learn languages," said Muller, who is fluent in English, French and German and knows pieces of Japanese, Czech, Spanish and Sign Language.
Both of Mullers' parents were involved in the community. His mother was the president of the PTO and read to wounded soldiers coming home from the Vietnam War. Muller's father, a lawyer, was a counsel to the school board and ran the marching band's trip to Switzerland. After both of his kids had graduated from school, Muller's father served on the board of education.
"His philosophy was: You take a lot from the town, it's important to give back," said Muller. "I don't think he said it explicitly, but he lived it. Both of my parents did."
Muller said he's aware that his three teenage kids can see what he and his wife do for the community. His wife is the president of Temple Israel in Westport and volunteers in the schools.
"They understand that this is what you do you stay active," said Muller.
Muller started serving Weston as a member of the library board. He then filled a vacancy on the Planning and Zoning Commission before being elected as a member for more than two years. He served as the plans for the school building project developed.
"It was an interesting, quick lesson in small town government and town meetings," said Muller. "I learned when to speak up and when not to."
Muller then served on the Board of Finance and was elected to the Board of Selectmen two years ago.
The Daily Weston is profiling each of the candidates in the 2011 elections. You can find our stories here .
Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.