Hearty, and heartfelt, congratulations to Westport’s new 1st selectman, Jim Marpe.
He and his running mate, Avi Kaner, are true Westporters. In everything they’ve done — politically, as well as through their many volunteer activities — they’ve put the best interests of this town first.
They’ve built up enormous reservoirs of good will and respect, among a broad swath of voters. The results prove that. This is a Democratic town — in terms of registration numbers — but their win shows that many voters crossed party lines because they liked what they’ve seen, and heard, from these 2 Republicans.
The new selectmen won by about 10 percentage points. They took all 9 districts — though, according to unofficial returns, they won District 9 by just 1 vote.
Jim and Avi will work tirelessly for this town. They will do it by working with Democrats, with Save Westport Now members, with independents, and with anyone else who is willing to work with them.
Westport is not Washington, DC. The RTM, Board of Education, Board of Finance, and all our other town bodies are not the US Congress. The selectmen are not the White House and West Wing.
That’s the beauty of local government.
Let’s all congratulate the winners. Let’s thank Helen Garten and Melissa Kane for stepping up for the Democrats, and running a very strong race.
Now let’s all get to work — led by our new selectmen — to make this the best Westport it can be.