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David Vogel – Candidate for Board of Selectmen

David Vogel – Candidate for Board of Selectmen

I am your neighbor; I have lived in Woodbridge for 23 years. I moved here for some of the same reasons that attract many residents to our town, Woodbridge was convenient to my workplace and it offered a great school system for my two daughters. They are now grown and have launched into successful careers. My wife, Leah, is an active runner and you have probably seen her covering miles of Woodbridge pavement in the early mornings. Or maybe you have met her where she works at Woodbridge Running Company. Our whole family recognize what a beautiful and special place we are privileged to call home.

I grew up in middle America, Springfield, Missouri to be exact. After public schooling I moved east to attend Yale where I majored in Physics and History of Science. In college I was also active in the Political Union and Varsity Crew. Subsequently, my career at Yale included positions as Assistant Director in Alumni Relations and as Senior Associate Director for Major Gifts in the Development Office. But for the majority of my career at Yale, some 30 years, I was a Varsity Men’s Rowing Coach. After retiring from Yale, I was hired as the Director of Development for the Connecticut based National Rowing Foundation.

In Woodbridge I have followed local issues and have watched how we have handled the challenges facing the town. My decision to run for the Board of Selectmen was motivated by the current concentration of town leadership into the hands of a small number of people that has effectively silenced the voices of half our town. I believe that this is not in the best interests of Woodbridge. Certainly, allegiance to a national political party bears responsibility for this state of affairs, but is that really the best method for dealing with local issues? This isn’t even working that well in Washington, D.C., our nation is politically polarized and seemingly incapable of bipartisanship. The local majority party bosses are most concerned about power and control, and they insist that those elected on their ticket “toe the party line”. They denigrate their opponents, especially to deflect attention from their own shortcomings. However, beyond these few individuals who are partisan idealogues, the rest of us are neighbors who want to help the town deal with problems and grow to be an even better home for all of us. Planning for our town should not be vested in the hands of mostly like-minded individuals; plans are best when made under the scrutiny of individuals who have different opinions and who represent all constituents. We require proactive leadership and solid decision making in order for Woodbridge to reach full potential. Yes, I am a fiscal conservative and a Republican. Who is better to tackle our escalating mill rate and taxation crisis?

In addition to my career working with people and managing programs and budgets, my qualifications for the Board of Selectmen include numerous volunteer activities and membership on boards of non-profits. I served on the USRowing Board of Directors; where I was elected to the Executive Committee and ultimately became President of this national governing body of the sport. During my presidency we undertook strategic planning, restructured our governance, changed our Men’s and Women’s Olympic Rowing Committees into a single High-Performance Committee, and also instituted a national rowing safety program. An era of prosperity for our National Teams followed. As president I also represented the United States at international rowing congresses.

I served as President of the Casitas Fund (a National Rowing Endowment), I was a volunteer coach for the Trinity Women’s Crew, I volunteered with community outreach through Yale Community Rowing, I am on the board of the Yale Crew Association, and I currently serve on the Board of Directors at Whitney Center in Hamden.

My running mates and I are offering real solutions to our town’s challenges. Our opponents seem satisfied with the status quo. We are not. Please take the time to read our platform at WoodbridgeGOP.com. The fresh ideas and leadership that our strong team of candidates will bring to Woodbridge will restore the balance that we so desperately need. Please come to the polls on May 3 and “Vote Row B for Balance.”

Thank you for your support and please vote Row B for Balance on Monday, May 3rd.

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