FAIRFIELD, CT — It’s election season in Fairfield, and Patch is here to help you get to know the candidates running for local office in 2021 before voters head to the polls Nov. 2.
Questionnaire responses appear as submitted by candidates.
Republican Tom Collimore, 61, is running for Fairfield Board of Finance.
Occupation: Investment Exec – Retired
Family: Wife: Adriane T. Collimore, CFA
Three adult children
Experience: Non-profit education boards
Family in government: Several family members served: Fairfield Selectman, Police Commissioner, Town Attorney, Police Sergeant
The single biggest issue in town is ______, and I plan to do this about it:
Under a recent Democratic administration, our Town experienced unprecedented arrests and prosecutions for alleged deliberate mishandling of toxic waste. Contaminated soil from the Town Solid Waste facility may now have appeared at our parks and schools, endangered our families. We have spent millions of dollars on testing and remediation. This is obscene. Fortunately our First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick is navigating through the aftermath of the Fill Pile scandal and has made sorely needed personnel and policy reforms. As a member of the Board of Finance, I will vigorously support Brenda in her critical work cleaning up after this disaster, and and restoring confidence in government.
Critical differences between me and my opponents:
As a life-long Fairfield resident, I am fully committed to the town, including its quality of life, schools, and financial stability. I bring to the Board full independence from the alleged corruption, and arrests and on-going court cases of the past administration. I also offer financial expertise at global and local levels.
I have managed tens of billions of dollars in financings, including municipal transactions, over my career. My strong, global professional background in finance and investments, and academic background from Georgetown, Harvard and NYU Stern, with a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, and allow me to immediately contribute to the Board.
From a five-generation Fairfield family, I am totally committed to our quality of life, for ourselves and future generations. Unfortunately, we have in recent years lost our way amid allegations of grave corruption at high levels. I will work with my fellow Board members, regardless of party, to support our First Selectwoman’s on-going reforms. Our collective efforts will help preserve our town’s services, financial strength and AAA rating; and in doing all that, undergird a restored, and healthy Town governmental culture
What else would you like voters to know about you?
To me, our Town’s quality of life needs to balance high quality town services, including education, with sustainable and affordable revenues, so we, our seniors, and and our children can enjoy Fairfield as our predecessors did. I will scrutinize our budgets to ensure our money is spent carefully and for fair value.