FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fairfield’s Representative Town Meeting welcomed its newest member Monday, electing Republican Joseph “Jay” Lipp to fill a vacant spot in its District 1 delegation.
“[Lipp] is one of those people that you always hope would run for office in this town,” said fellow District 1 representative Eric Sundman Monday. “He exemplifies the great amount of intelligence and experience.”
The RTM, Fairfield’s legislature, was left with one of its 50 spots open when former Representative Carolyn Richmond left Fairfield late last year. Since Richmond’s fellow delegates from District 1 did not meet to fill the vacancy within 30 days of her resignation, the open spot went to the full RTM for a vote Monday night.
A Fairfield resident since 2000, Lipp served in the U.S. Navy until 2004. He retired with the rank of Commander. He is now chair of the science department at Norwalk High School. Lipp also runs the Fairfield Sailing School for the Parks and Recreation Department.
Lipp competed for the seat against Doreen Heron, a former president of the Roger Sherman School PTA. Democrat Kevin Hoffkins nominated Heron because “she has shown a commitment to helping our town to become the excellent town that it is,” he said Monday night.
Lipp was elected by a 24-20 vote Monday night, with two abstentions. He took office immediately after the vote, and will serve until the seat is up for reelection this November.