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Getting to Know Your New Selectman, Michelle Ecsedy

Woodbury's new selectman weighs in on her political affiliation, a petition for special election challenging her seat, and shares a bit about her background.

Photo courtesy of Michelle Ecsedy.
Photo courtesy of Michelle Ecsedy.
Michelle Ecsedy was named Selectman on Thursday by First Selectman Bill Butterly and Selectman Martin Overton to fill the vacant seat left on the Woodbury Board of Selectmen by Gerald Stomski.

So who is Michelle Ecsedy?

An Account Executive for RML Inc., Ecsedy earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Finance from UConn in 1987. She's lived in Woodbury for 24 years, and has served on several fundraising committees, as president of the Mitchell Elementary School PTO from 2004-06, and as Treasurer for Woodbury's political slate committee for the 2011 election.

Patch caught up with Ecsedy via email to ask her a few questions. Here's how it went:

What motivated you to register as a Republican after being an independent voter for so many years? Are there specific issues or platforms that led to a change in viewpoint for you?

I was an Unaffiliated voter and always knew that when the time came, I would affiliate with a party to participate in my town’s governance.  After the election of Bill Butterly, I decided to attend the Republican Town Committee  meeting on Nov. 21 and received a warm welcome.  Speakers that evening mentioned the party needing to unite as one and not splintering, but working together. 

There was also an effort to bring in new members.  I have considered participating in our town government for years.  When the elected Selectman declined to accept the position, I registered and applied through the RTC Candidate Recruitment Committee for the position.  I also applied directly with the Board of Selectman for the appointment.

What are the top three issues you would like to focus on as a Selectman?

Currently, I am listening.  I was honored to be appointed to the position of Selectman, and I am finding that the people of Woodbury are excited to have a fresh face and person to express their concerns and ideas to.

I support Bill Butterly’s campaign idea to empower the town employees, restore morale and reduce micromanagement, as well as the much overdue revision of our Charter.

I would like to see more town residents feel included and welcome to join the process of running our town, through boards and commissions.

I plan on participating.  The three member board should be able to have discussions in public, make decisions for the best of the whole of the town, and be transparent in those decisions.

According to the Town Clerk, petitions have been taken out to force a special Election for the seat you took. How do you feel about that, and will you run if enough signatures are obtained?

The process needs to happen.  The two elected and sitting Board of Selectman had the obligation to appoint the position. I am happy to meet with and work with the Woodbury RTC, whether there is a special election called or not.

What do you want Woodbury voters who might not be well acquainted with you to know?

I love our town of Woodbury and have been involved in various forms for years. I was concerned to see the tone in town decline recently.  We need to treat each other respectfully and work together to bring more business into town, invite more residents to get involved, and manage the town with fiscal responsibility and transparency. 



Sean December 10, 2013 at 07:40 AM
She was heavily involved with Woodbury First. She is also a liberal. Fear not, she will not be in office long.
Lisa Wright December 10, 2013 at 11:01 AM
Just because she doesn't share your political views doesn't mean you have to be rude. I'm so tired of the constant negativity.
Sean December 10, 2013 at 10:36 PM
No rudeness here. Michelle is a liberal. She has consistently supported Democrats and every bloated BOE budget that I can remember. You are tired of the constant negativity? I am tired of people in town who do not get involved and then bitch from the sidelines. I am tired of people complaining about the truth. Not one thing I said was false. Her appointment is a disgrace. Butterly and Overton just appoint someone with no experience. The whole thing stinks.
Patchy Patch December 10, 2013 at 11:43 PM
Ecsedy is being deceitful here. She is listening? HA! She never listens to anyone. She thinks her stuff doesn't stink. Stuck up uppity liberal know-it-all. I remember one school board meeting where she was the moderator. She wouldn't call on anyone who she thought might disagree with her. She ignored proper points of order from the floor. She will make Overton look like Mother Theresea. As for me, I apologize to all voters in Woodbury. I voted for Butterly. Never again. He fooled me with his unity talk. Then he goes and does such a sleazy thing as appointing Ecsedy. I hope Butterly quits soon. By the way, Stomski is repaying his debts now. I'm sorry I didn't vote for Stomski now. I can't fix that, but I can vow to never vote for Butterly again. Where's the petition? I want to sign one.
Sean December 11, 2013 at 09:13 AM
Patchy, you can go to the town clerk's office and get a petition. It is very easy.
Arthur McNally December 11, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Sign our petition and let's give Michelle a run for the people to decide: http://woodbury-middlebury.patch.com/groups/opinion/p/we-have-a-petition-date-december-15-2013 Sent from my iPhone On Dec 10, 2013, at 4:32 PM, Nancy DeGrazia < nancydegrazia@yahoo.com> wrote: To all: We have a petition date! Approved by David and Lou. It's very important to have a good showing and we need lots of hands. A petition signing is scheduled this coming Sunday, December 15, at 11:00am in front of LaBonnes here in Woodbury. If we have a big group of people, maybe a couple of people can stand on the main road across from the Shove building with signs directing people over to LaBonnes to sign the petitions. I encourage you to call your friends, family, neighbors about the event to get as many people out as possible to sign the petition for a special election for Board of Selectman. The Woodbury Republican Town Committee unanimously endorsed Barbara Perkinson for Selectman and it is only fair that she be given the chance to have the good people of this town make their decision who they want to fill the seat. I remind people that even though she lost the last election, almost 1,500 people voted for her and their votes should not be stifled. Nancy DeGrazia Please, if you are able, please make some signs alerting people to," Sign the petition for a special election for Board of Selectman.""Petition signing in front of LaBonnes." Maybe have another one saying,"Let your voices be heard!" Or, "Give Barbara Perkinson a FAIR chance!"
Diana December 14, 2013 at 11:42 AM
you should circulate it via Facebook - that would likely reach a large audience more quickly than here in the Patch.
Voice of Reason December 14, 2013 at 12:06 PM
@ Diana and others. Seems the event (not the Petition) is canceled as first reported. Posted last night: ........................ "Screen Name December 13, 2013 at 08:10 PM From Nancy DeGrazia. Latest update on the Petition for a special Election in the Town of Woodbury: Due to the Christmas season fast approaching, Robert LaBonne has requested to have us move elsewhere as we all agree that limited parking will be impacted by holding this event at LaBonnes Shopping Center. Lou DeLuca has graciously given his contact number of 203-263-4785 for those who want to sign the ongoing petition for a special Election in the Town of Woodbury for Board of Selectman. Mr. DeLuca will personally deliver the petition to your home. Thanks to all of you for your hard work! Keep the signatures coming and let your voices be heard! Nancy DeGrazia"

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