WESTON, Conn., -- Nina Daniel said it's time for a change in Weston's top elected position as she seeks to topple incumbent First Selectman Gayle Weinstein.
"In four years, Connecticut's economy grew a dismal 0.42 percent cumulatively, which is a major factor keeping Weston’s grand list growth stagnant," said Daniel, a Republican. "Median income in Weston is flat or declining while taxes increase relentlessly. Those responsible at the state level for this economic climate would like to encroach on our town's independence. If we are to retain local control of our taxes, land and schools, Weston must elect leaders who will not endorse failed policies coming from Hartford."
Daniel accused Weinstein of not practicing what she preaches.
"Weston's immediate challenge is the quality of leadership in the office of the first selectman," Daniel said. "The incumbent first selectman frequently boasts of 'fiscal responsibility. That seems to apply to others while for herself she proposes a new first selectman's office suite with conference room as part of a costly town facilities upgrade and promotes a 42 percent raise in her own salary."
Daniel said she will bring a change of leadership style to the office.
"As your next first selectman, I will reverse these questionable practices," she said. "I will work collaboratively with other boards and commissions to reduce spending without jeopardizing the quality or safety of our schools. I will put tax relief at the top of my list of priorities and find less expensive ways to address facility needs. I will protect our most vulnerable citizens and families struggling to remain in the community."
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