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Weston Candidates For Board of Finance, P&Z Field Questions From The Crowd

Republican candidate for the Weston Board of Finance Patty Kopas with Pam Kersey after the League of Women Voters debate Wednesday night.
Republican candidate for the Weston Board of Finance Patty Kopas with Pam Kersey after the League of Women Voters debate Wednesday night. Photo Credit: Dan Gilbert

WESTON, Conn. – The Weston League of Women Voters held a debate for the people running for the Board of Finance and the Planning and Zoning board on Wednesday night, with the candidates fielding a range of questions from the audience.

Board of Finance candidates took questions regarding the new Charter, accepting the capital budget fixed by Annual Town Budget Meeting and many other questions regarding the budget.

“The approach of the Board of Finance is to take a long term view; it is challenging to take the long view instead of finding a quick fix,” Republican incumbent Patty Kopas said in her closing statements. “I believe that during my tenure on the Board of Finance I have demonstrated responsible and prudent financial decision making.”

One of the three Democracts running for a seat on the board, Alan Grauberd said that his background would help him in knowing that each dollar counts.

“Melissa, Dick and I decided to run as a team because we believe that we can bring a more balanced approach to Weston’s budget process. I can promise that we will listen to ALL town residents, work hard to make sure that every dollar is spent wisely, and maintain our school system’s excellent standing. Please vote for all three of us,” Grauberd said in his closing statements, referring to Dick Bochinski and Melissa Koller, who are running as a team.

In her closing statements, Koller reiterated what Graubard said, adding that if elected, she and her fellow Democrats would work to listen to what the public wants.

Planning and Zoning candidates had their second debate Wednesday night and answered questions regarding specific projects such as Lachat spring planting, as well as the scope of several others.

“A recent study from the Center of Rural Affairs reported that 90 percent of those polled said that small town living is worth fighting for. Weston’s small town numbers make us flexible, adaptable, independent and at the same time mutually supportive,” Republican incumbent to P&Z Britta Lerner said in her closing statements.  “We are the “mini cooper” to other town’s SUVs. We are efficient.”

A full break down of the debate, and earlier debates is available on the Weston League of Women Voters website .

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