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Save Westport Now

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Westport, CT 0688o

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If you share Save Westport Now's desire to protect Westport from over-development, vote for all four candidates on ballot line four! 

Al, Chip, Cathy, and Jon have 30 years of combined P&Z Commission experience and have proven themselves strong defenders of Westport's residents, 
neighborhoods, and historic and natural resources. With their deep institutional knowledge and a historical perspective that comes with having lived in Westport for many decades, they bring unrivaled wisdom and experience to the P&Z Commission. Read what we think of the opposition candidate here.

Cathy Walsh

As a Member of the Planning and Zoning Commission for the past 10 years, and 4 years as Chairwoman, I have continually worked for the interests of ALL Westporters. Understanding the needs of the entire town and planning are my strengths. I believe that our history and open space must be preserved

while expanding our tax base through sustainable and realistic planning opportunities. I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished, including the revitalization of Downtown while preserving Westport’s small-town character.

 

Our accomplishments are many including regulatory change, that has encouraged outdoor dining and music, which has bolstered our local economy and produced a lively nightlife. Our pursuit of sensible housing solutions for all Westporters has resulted in an expanded housing choice to meet our changing needs. Through our efforts we’ve achieved a a four-year moratorium on new 8-30g high-density housing applications.

 

  • 40+ year career as a Steel Industry Executive inc. US Steel and Toyota Tsusho

  • International Steel Trader experienced in Finance and Operations

  • Westport P&Z Commission Member for 10 Years, Four Years as Chairwoman, Chair of multiple subcommittees

  • Westport League of Women Voter’s VP of Voter Service

  • U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Member

  • Coach for youth swimming, cross country and soccer

  • Food Rescue Volunteer

  • Avid skier, scuba diver, dancer, marathoner, triathlete and swimmer

  • BA, Economics, Penn State University

  • 30-year resident of Westport. Daughters Annie and Michelle

  • Member of Assumption Parish

Chip Stephens

During my eight years as a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, I have worked hard to maintain Westport’s charm and character, as it is the key to our future livability and our property values. It is critical that the P&Z Commission makes each decision with the goal of finding balance between development and preservation, and enforce our Town’s planning and zoning regulations and ordinances.

There must be consideration of our traffic arteries, parking and density, as we are impacted by these very real safety and quality of life issues. We must also understand the impact of our decisions and let that knowledge help guide future decision-making. By encouraging responsible development and working with all constituencies to respect our Town’s history, character, resources and limitations, we can preserve the Westport we all love.

 

  • Medical Sales and Marketing Executive

  • Member, Westport Planning and Zoning Commission for eight years

  • Chairman of P&Z Commission subcommittees onVillage District regulation, Superstorm Sandy Recovery regulations, among others

  • Coach, Staples Wrestling, PAL Football, Baseball and Basketball

  • Organizer/advocate for preservation of Bedford Elementary, Cockenoe Island, and various open space sites

  • Westport resident since 1960

  • Father of three sons and one daughter, all raised in Westport

  • Member of Christ and Holy Trinity Church

Al Gratrix

 

My goal as a Planning and Zoning Commissioner for the past nine years has been to ensure construction projects follow the rules and guidelines that have been set by the P&Z, town administrators, and town engineers. Too often we see builders and developers break the rules at the expense of everyone else. Height maximums (especially in the beach area), safety and congestion concerns caused by new large housing projects, landscaping and tree planting designs that cause problems for neighboring properties, additional traffic flow, and water quality and erosion are my key priorities. As the only homebuilder on the Commission, I am often relied upon for assistance with blueprints, understanding building rules, excavation, and ll issues.

 

I am a strong advocate for open, natural space for the physical and mental health of our residents. I believe strongly that Westport should remain a town – not look like a city – with the charm that it is known for, especially along the Post Road corridor. To achieve this, we must maintain the size limit of

projects and increase the greening of the Post Road.

  • BS in Biochemistry and Environmental Biology with an emphasis on water quality and ecological issues

  • Consultant to NOAA on soil sediment surveys in the LI Sound

  • Graduate of the CT Police Academy; 15-year part-time police officer and 11-year volunteer fireman in Trumbull

  • Member of the Westport Tree Board for Three Years

  • President, ContinuumCard Merchant Services

  • Founder and President, Westport Evergreen, Inc., dedicated to preserving open space in Westport and Fairfield County

Jon Olefson

I strongly believe in the protection of residential property rights and preserving Westport’s beauty and traditions for future generations. In pursuit of this, I pledge my experience, strengths and abilities in service to our town and its residents. I am proud to have served since 2016 as an Alternate on the Planning and Zoning Commission. Over the past three years, I have participated in numerous sub-committee meetings, contributed to Westport’s 2017 Plan of Conservation and Development, and have written legislation, site plans and special permits. I look forward to the opportunity to serve Westport as a Member of this extremely important Commission.

  • Senior VP, General Counsel and Secretary, Cotiviti, Wilton, CT, 2013 – Present

  • VP and General Counsel (Europe), Cognizant Technology Solutions, 2004-2013

  • Attorney, Fulbright and Jaworski LLP, New York, NY

  • Attorney, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

  • J.D., The George Washington University Law School

  • Bachelor’s, Emory University

  • Presented with a Pro Bono Publico award from the Legal Aid Society

  • Sound Cyclist Group Leader

  • Coach, Westport Soccer Association

  • Member, the Conservative Synagogue

  • Married to Alli, father of three daughters

Paid for by Save Westport Now, Peter Swann Treasurer

Approved by Al Gratrix, Jon Olefson, Chip Stephens, and Cathy Walsh