WESTPORT—Democrat Candice Savin was sworn in Monday to fill the Board of Education seat vacated by Brett Aronow.

“Candi stood out in a very competitive, very talented field of candidates,” said Chairman Michael Gordon. “Her involvement in the community cuts across so many important elements of what makes Westport tick.”

Savin prevailed over nine other applicants who applied for the position. The Democratic Town Committee’s search commitee chose three finalists to submit to the Board of Education for their final decision. Savin currently is the Vice-Chairwoman of the DTC — the same entity that chose her as a finalist. She will serve out Aronow’s term which runs through until November of 2017 and said she plans to resign her post as Vice-Chairwoman of the DTC.

Gordon noted how Savin led the Westport Library’s “Booked for the Evening,” served as an active member of the Parent Teacher Association and contributed as a board member at The Conservative Synagogue of Westport.

“I’m thrilled for the opportunity to serve the town. I’m excited to work with these members of the board who have worked so hard on behalf of Westport and have been doing a fantastic job and I hope I can make a contribution,” Savin said.

A lawyer by trade, Savin currently practices real estate, corporate and intellectual property law for her own firm. Previously, she worked as a New York City prosecutor. She holds a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from Duke University School of Law.

“I am so grateful that we get the opportunity to have her be a part of our board because, as Michael mentioned, her vast skill set that will really compliment this team,” Vice-chairwoman Jeannie Smith said.

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