Westport DTC Nominates Candidates for 2019 Municipal Elections

Contact: Ellen Lautenberg, elautenberg@westportdemocrats.org or 203-247-5064

We are excited to put forward our endorsed candidates for the November Municipal election. We believe that they will represent the Westport DTC with integrity, hard work and a perspective of representing all Westport residents.

The DTC has endorsed the following list of candidates:

Sung (Youn Su) Chao

Board of Education.

Sung (“Youn Su”) Chao’s career has been focused on enabling student success. Since moving to Westport in 2008, Youn Su has taught English as a Second Language at Yale University, UConn, and community colleges. Youn Su has proven experience allocating resources, leading people, and connecting with diverse stakeholders as Coordinator of Drexel University’s International Teaching Assistant Program and Coleytown Elementary School PTA Co-President.

Lee Goldstein

Board of Education.

Lee Goldstein has been active in education in both her professional and personal life as an educator and an advocate. A graduate of Yale University, Lee is a former high school English teacher and professional writer/editor who has served as a member of the Board of Education in Bedford, NY. Since moving to Westport six years ago, Lee’s been active in the PTA at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, serving for the past two years as PTA Co-President of Coleytown Middle School, including the most recent year during which the school was closed and its students displaced.

Nancie Dupier

Nancie Dupier

Board of Finance.

As a former senior global executive, including CEO, in the financial services industry (JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, HSBC), Nancie Dupier has brought her extensive financial experience in global investment markets, investment banking, emerging markets, private banking and asset management to the Board of Finance . In 2017, Nancie retired from the corporate world of finance, and founded Ivy Link Associates, a boutique executive search firm. Nancie was appointed by the Board to an open seat in 2018. Nancie’s three children all attended Westport Schools in between stints abroad in London, Caracas, Singapore and Madrid, where she held local office.

Sheri Gordon

Board of Finance.

In her first term on the Board of Finance, Sheri Gordon has made investment in our town assets a priority, including the renovation of the Library, the expansion of the Senior Center, improvements at Compo Beach, and renovations of our schools, while continuing to emphasize fiscal responsibility on behalf of all taxpayers. Prior to her election in 2015, an election that gave control of the Board to the Democrats, Sheri served on the Zoning Board of Appeals (2008-2015). Before committing herself to public service, Sheri practiced law at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York City. She is a graduate of Cornell University and NYU School of Law.

Paul Lebowitz

Planning and Zoning Commission

Paul Lebowitz was elected to the Planning and Zoning Commission in 2015, serving as Chairman for the last two years that the Democrats have held the majority. In that time, Paul has earned a reputation for hard work and for insisting on new development that works for all of our residents while maintaining the special character of our town. Prior to the Commission, Paul served over four years on the RTM. A Westport resident for over 20 years, Paul established his own mortgage brokerage here in Westport in 1994 and is a member of multiple real estate professional associations.

James Ezzes

Zoning Board of Appeals

James Ezzes, a long time resident of Westport, has been a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals for 24 years, 22 as chair and is a residential general contractor. A former entertainment executive, Jim serves on the development board of The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County.