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Fairfield Candidates Q&A: Heather Dean

FAIRFIELD, Conn. ? To help our readers prepare for Election Day, The Daily Fairfield sent five questions to each of the candidates on the November ballot. The following response is from Heather Dean, a Democrat running for the Representative Town Meeting in District 4.

Why should people vote for you?

I had moved to Fairfield in November, 1996 for its education, and have been an active volunteer for various organizations since. I’m a people person. I enjoy hearing concerns of what could be better and try to make it happen. The impetus for my run this time is to support the education budget. To our family and friends in Fairfield, the education budget is about paying it forward. What are the biggest issues facing Fairfield?

I see two big issues — the feuding between the Board of Education and We the People, and the mismanagement of the Metro Center.  Being an RTM member is more than attending two meetings a month; it’s attending other public meetings besides. To do your job well, be present, hear what’s being proposed and then ask, “What do your voters want, is it good for your district and is it good for the town as a whole?” Is Fairfield going in the right direction — If you are an incumbent, what were your biggest achievements? If you are a challenger, what has your opponent done wrong while in office?

During my tenure on the RTM, I attended more than 95 percent of the regular, committee and special meetings. I supported many ordinances and renovations to schools and other public facilities, including the purchase of the Navy Housing in town.

Our town is going in the right direction. There is smart growth everywhere, young families continue to move in and the downtown continues to flourish with both established and new businesses. We are a thriving community. What would you do to involve your constituents in your decision-making process?

Whether in office or out, I have organized District 4 meetings for voters to attend and voice their concerns. The meetings are posted in the newspapers, both online and in print. I will continue to do that.  Voters can reach me at 203-255-5238. How can Fairfield avoid another Metro Center, i.e., a project that goes severely over budget? What will you do to prevent it? Be specific.

Mr. Tetreau has done a stellar job bringing the facts to the bodies as soon as he took office. We should expect that from our leadership. All RTM members should ask reasonable questions. Likewise, we are entitled to reasonable, truthful and timely answers.

We should have independent inspectors and auditors come in randomly to visit building sites and review expenses, then report those findings to the Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance and RTM jointly, for all projects.

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