Incumbent Selectman Beth Heller was nominated to run for First Selectman, the Town’s chief elected official. Heller has been a member of the Woodbridge Board of Selectmen since 2008 and has served as its Deputy First Selectman since 2009. She also served as First Selectman to complete the remainder of Ed Sheehy’s term after his sudden passing, from April 25th through June 30th 2013.
Heller’s nomination was unanimously endorsed by Democrats at the party’s official nominating caucus, January 12th. The town’s municipal election will be held Monday, May 1st 2017.
Heller was nominated by current First Selectman Ellen Scalettar. In her remarks Scalettar said, “Beth has almost a decade of experience on our Board of Selectman, and having already served as our First Selectman, she has seen first hand the variety of matters that pass through that office. She stepped in at that critical time and led the Town without missing a beat. In her more than 25 years living in Woodbridge, Beth has developed deep friendships and working relationships with neighbors across the political spectrum. Beth is the ideal person to lead our Town at this time and into the future. If anyone can find and build on common ground, across the partisan divide, it is Beth Heller.”
“I am grateful for this vote of confidence and believe the best ideas are born from a diversity of input from all constituencies. Good government is at its best when it is more collaborative than partisan.” Heller said as she accepted the nomination. “Stability like this in town government and ongoing excellence in our public schools will continue to make Woodbridge an attractive community in which to live and raise a family.”
Joining Heller on the ballot for the May municipal election are Board of Selectmen candidates Mica Cardozo, former State Senator Joe Crisco, and Teri Schatz; Amity Regional Board of Education incumbents Patricia Cardozo and Robyn Berke; and Woodbridge Board of Education candidates incumbent Nancy Yao Maasbach, Maegan Genovese and John Vultee.
Also nominated for the Zoning Board of Appeals are incumbent Henry Nusbaum, Aldon Hynes (currently serving as Alternate), and Jeffrey Atwood; for Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate, Yonatan Zamir; and incumbent Ann Rubin for the Board of Assessment Appeals.
“This slate of candidates is a diverse team of thoughtful citizens and effective public servants, each of whom has years of experience contributing many hours of their time as volunteers to maintain and enhance our town’s traditions and distinct character,” Heller said. “We’re all dedicated to our Town and its reputation for excellence; I’m proud to have been nominated and honored to lead a team of candidates who offer so much experience working on behalf of our community.”
Candidates endorsed by the Democratic Party gather at the nominating caucus held January 12th. From left to right, front row: Teri Shatz, Joe Crisco, Beth Heller, Mica Cardozo. Back row: Yoni Zamir, Henry Nusbaum, Nancy Yao Maasbach, Ann Rubin, John Vultee, Pat Cardozo, Aldon Hynes, Robyn Berke, Maegan Genovese and Jeffrey Atwood.