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Westport RTM Elects Its Leaders

Members of the Westport Representative Town Meeting showed their resounding support Tuesday night for Moderator Hadley Rose by unanimously re-electing him to another term.

RTM member Bob Galan, District 3, was first to nominate Rose for another term, citing all he's done for the community. "Hadley is the one person that is the same with everybody. He has an easy way no matter whom he speaks with. He is fair with everybody, he leads by example—whether he's building homes with Habitat [for Humanity], coaching, helping constituents, helping RTM members with issues, dealing with other town bodies, or running one of our meetings," Galan said. "If you're going to look for Hadley when he's not running one of our meetings, look next to you because he'll be there with his sleeves rolled up ready to go."

Judy Starr, District 1, officially seconded the nomination. Rose, who has served as moderator since 2007, thanked everyone for their support and applauded the RTM.

"I've always been impressed by how hard everyone has worked, how much effort you guys put into this and how fair you've been to everyone," Rose said. "And I would just hope you work with same diligence and effort you have in the past."

Eileen Flug, District 9, was unanimously elected as deputy moderator, a position vacated by District 8 member Jonathan Steinberg, who was elected state representative for District 136.

Velma Heller, District 9, nominated Flug, citing her community involvement. Bill Meyer, District 3, seconded her nomination, calling her "the closet thing I have to a daughter in Westport."

Flug, a member of Green Village Initiative and Sunrise Rotary, said she plans to continue in Steinberg's footsteps in making the RTM more visible.

"I dream of a day when we all knock on doors while campaigning and not one of us is asked, 'What is the RTM,'" she said of the town's nonpartisan legislative body.

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