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© 2019 by Darien Together 2019 | Paid for Darien Together 2019, Treasurer - Kevin McTigue | Approved by Jayme Stevenson, Kip Koons & Christa McNamara

 

Our Mission

This is an exciting time to live in Darien! Our community is entering into a phase of redevelopment that will change the way we look, shop and live, while maintaining the fabric of what makes Darien a special place that families highly value.

Our Darien Together 2019 team looks forward to working on behalf of you, our residents, through these exciting times, again under the leadership of Jayme Stevenson as our First Selectman, Kip Koons, now entering his 3rd term on the Board of Selectmen, and new to the team, Christa McNamara, moving over from her 2 terms on the Board of Education. Together, we are the right team to keep the momentum going! 

We are Darien Together 2019.  

We will...

 

Preserve:

  • Darien’s 200-year history of community collaboration

  • Efficient and limited government

  • A strong voice for local control

 

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Prioritize:

  • Sound investments of your tax dollars

  • Excellence and safety in our schools 

  • Pedestrian, bicyclist and commuter amenities

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Promote:

  • Open and accessible government

  • Economic development and support for our small businesses

  • Healthy living and housing choice

  • Sustainable practices and environmental stewardship

  • Positive and respectful dialogue on issues important to you!

Originally from Reading, Pennsylvania, I graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Telecommunication & Business Management before serving as a Vice-President of Asset-Backed Finance at Standard & Poor’s Corporation.

I have lived in Darien since 1991 with my husband, John, who grew up in town and graduated from Darien High School.  We have five children, ages 20 to 29, and one grandchild.

 

With proposals for the regionalization of both schools and municipal services making the rounds in Hartford this year, consistent leadership is key. With my ongoing commitment to fiscal discipline, safety and the delivery of exceptional community services, I look forward to my continued service as your First Selectman. 

 

Fun fact: John and I built our very own “green” home in 2006, with systems to recycle rainwater for irrigation and passive solar to heat the house - even the specific location to maximize energy captured from the path of the sun.

Hello! I’m Jayme and I’m running for my sixth term on the Board of Selectmen, fifth as First Selectman.  Why? Because I’m deeply committed to guiding Darien through the historic and transformational changes it will undergo as the Baywater Properties, Federal Realty and Palmer redevelopment projects get underway.  

 

Through my collaborative approach, and sensitivity to the needs of Darien residents, I am well-positioned to lead our town through the challenges and opportunities that come from both local development projects and policy changes being proposed in Hartford.

 

Since becoming First Selectman, I have introduced and championed many important local initiatives.  But, I feel my most impactful contributions may be those I’ve made outside town—raising Darien’s profile and elevating its voice in regional and state-level conversations.

 

Elected by my peers, I now serve as Chairman of WestCOG (Western Connecticut Council of Governments), SWRMPO (Southwest Region Metropolitan Planning Organization) and CIRMA (Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency).  I’m also a Board Member of CCM (Connecticut Conference of Municipalities).  

 

Kip Koons

My name is Kip Koons and I have served on the Board of Selectmen since 2015. I am running again because I believe our town benefits from leadership that has experience, judgement and values fiscal restraint.  

 

A graduate of Cornell University, George Washington University Law School and Harvard Business School’s Executive Marketing Program, I have years of experience in banking, corporate development, and financial consulting.

 

As a lifelong resident of Darien, I have been an active volunteer in the community. Currently, I am the co-Chair of the Ox Ridge Elementary School Building Committee and serve as a Board Member, Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Finance Committee for Family Centers, Inc. (1990-present).   I served as Board President and Chairman of the Finance and Nominating Committees for the Darien YMCA (1986-1992) and Vice Chair and Director of the Darien Red Cross (1993-2002). 

 

My wife Jill and I have three children and eight grandchildren living in Fairfield County.  Two of our grandchildren attend Darien public schools.  

 

Fun fact:  I learned to play hockey on Gorham’s Pond, fell through the ice and was saved by my brother, and went on to play hockey at Cornell University.

Christa Sheehan McNamara

Hello! I am Christa and I am running for my first term on the Board of Selectmen. Though new to this Board, I am not new to Darien local government.

My commitment to serving our community began in 2007 when I was elected to the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) which holds the legislative powers for Darien. This body gave me an amazing insight into the myriad of issues that affect the day-to-day life of every town resident. I listened to my constituents, conferred with my colleagues, and voted on resolutions that shaped the future of Darien. My passion for education and service then brought me to the Darien Board of Education, where I have served for the past 6 years. I have been committed to maintaining the high quality of education that Darien families expect, while vetting each decision in light of its fiscal implication.

I look forward to joining the Board of Selectmen and using my experiences to further strengthen the dialogue between the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Education, as well as all the town boards and bodies.

A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross with a B.A. in English, I grew up in Rye, NY, a small town community over the border that is very similar to Darien. I worked on the municipal trading desk at Kidder Peabody, and then as a Regional Business Manager in sales for Bloomberg LP, while also receiving my Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Manhattanville College.  My husband John and I moved to Darien in 2002, when I chose to stay at home to raise our three children, now a 16-year old girl and twin 12 year old boys.

Since moving to town, I’ve been very active with local non-profits, Darien youth sports organizations and school PTOS, and value the role they play in the fabric of our quality of life.  

 

Fun fact:  My name came from the fact that I was born on Christmas Day, and now I live on St. Nicholas Road!

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