EASTON, Conn. – It was a natural progression in his political career to run for Easton first selectman, but Adam Dunbsy didn’t expect for it to happen quite so soon.
“Being first selectman was something I thought it would be something I’d like to do eventually,” Dusnby said. “When the opportunity came up I let everyone know I was interested in it.”
This won’t be Dunsby’s first elected office: He’s currently the chairman of the Easton Board of Education, and has served on that board for the last four years. He is also a member of the Republican Town Committee.
When current First Selectman Tom Herrmann said earlier this month he would not seek re-election after all, Dunsby was one of the first people aware of the situation. (Read the story here on The Daily Voice about Herrmann's withdrawal from the race.)
“These things happen, but it’s unusual for it to happen for the first selectman position,” Dunsby said.
If elected, Dunsby said his goals would include keeping the tax increases low, ensuring efficient government, keeping the schools well funded and protecting Easton from unwanted development.
“The majority of people want to keep Easton noncommercial, and I’m certainly in that camp,” he said.
In preparation to become first selectman, Dunsby is cutting back on his hours and working from home for Summer Haven Investment Management, where he has been working in commodity investment for the last five years.
He is the father of four children, ranging in ages from a kindergartner to a sophomore in high school. The whole family is supportive of his decision to run, he said.
“My wife is a little concerned about the number of meetings I’ll have,” Dunsby said, but he looks forward to the challenges of the office.
Dunsby will face against Easton Coalition candidate Val Buckley, a Republican, on the November ballot. She has been director of the Easton Senior Center for more than two decades.