EASTON, Conn. -- Tom Herrmann will not seek re-election to a fourth term as Easton’s first selectman, citing an increase in demands from his work in Ohio, the Easton Republican Town Committee announced in a statement.
Herrmann announced his decision less than two months before the Nov. 5 municipal election. He will be replaced on the ballot by Adam Dunsby, chairman of the Easton Board of Education and the Republican Town Committee. He has been endorsed by the Republican Town Committee, the statement said.
“I am very proud of all that we’ve been able to accomplish together – by tightening budgets and making Easton town government more efficient, we’ve held property tax increases to less than 2 percent a year over the past six years," Herrmann said. "And we’ve managed to do it while preserving our zoning regulations, enacting one of the most comprehensive senior tax relief programs in the state, and sustaining an excellent public school system.”
Herrmann is a managing partner with Stanwich Partners, a private-equity firm. He accepted chief executive officer responsibilities at a company in Ohio last winter and said his out-of-town commitments have increased.
“A position that I believed would be temporary has recently become a longer-term obligation with increased time commitment," he said. "Since it is no longer possible for me to fulfill the responsibilities of both jobs, I believe it is unfair to the town to begin a term that I would be unable to complete. Adam will make an excellent first selectman, and he has my full support."
Dunsby is a past chairman of the town’s Conservation Commission. He also serves on the Representative Council of CES, Fairfield County’s regional education service center, and coaches Easton Little League. A resident of Easton since 2002, Adam and his wife, Cathy, have four school-age children, ranging from a kindergartner at Samuel Staples Elementary to a 10th-grader at Joel Barlow High School.
Dunsby has guided education budgets to passage, conducted contract negotiations, worked to protect Easton’s rivers and wetlands, and encouraged qualified people to serve on Easton’s boards and commissions.
“I’m honored to be the Republican candidate for first selectman," he said. "I love serving the Town of Easton, and I look forward to deepening my commitment.”
Dunsby will face against Easton Coalition candidate Val Buckley, a Republican, on the fall ballot. She has been director of the Easton Senior Center for more than two decades.
For more information on the 2013 elections, visit the website for the Easton Republicans.