Name: Enid S. Lipeles
Occupation: Retired Chemistry teacher
Political party: Republican
Running for: Town Council
Why are you running?
I have always taken a leadership role in all of my endeavors at Masuk High and activities in town and the surrounding area. I was President of the League of Women Voters, President of American Field Service, Chair of Zoning Board of Appeals, Vice-chair of Parks and Recreation, and many other volunteer activities.
I like to see a job well done and that is where my strengths lie. This year I was honored to be selected as the Outstanding Citizen of Monroe.
This clearly demonstrates my ability to lead and volunteer to make Monroe the best town it can be. I have no hidden agenda: I do not want to be State representative, Governor, State Senator or even United States Senator. President of the U.S.? Maybe.
What are the three biggest issues facing Monroe?
. Officials who are fiscally conservative and are aware of the needs of the community, especially our seniors
. We need to continue to support public safety initiatives
. Lastly be aware of the needs of our population. We need to locate and obtain a site for the Monroe EMS with safe, adequate and appropriate facilities for our volunteers and equipment. I am now one of six residents of Monroe that serve on the newly formed EMS site location committee that has been charged to either find land to build on, or an existing building for the EMS volunteers.
What can the Town Council do to keep the town in the right direction?
Be vigilant in all of the endeavors of the town boards and commissions, continue to improve roads and infrastructure without unduly increasing the debt burden, and provide a quality education for our children.
What skills and attributes make you a good fit for the Town Council?
I demonstrate many skills and attributes as a leader. The Town Council now has two public participations at the council meetings to allow anyone present to voice their opinions at the beginning and end of each meeting. Everyone is called on during these activities regardless of political persuasion or affiliation.
My attendance record is outstanding and I manage to juggle my very active life as a volunteer in the Bridgeport school system, working with student teachers for Sacred Heart University and the University of Bridgeport. I spend numerous hours developing the agenda for the Council meetings, and attending many meetings with town officials every week. I strive to get everything done in a timely fashion and done right the first time.