T.J. Elgin: Unaffiliated candidate wants to shake-up Westport’s political scene
WESTPORT — Timothy J. Elgin is running for first selectman, in part, because he believes “there is some collusion and corruption in the town’s government.”
Although he could not provide evidence of any “collusion or corruption” in Westport’s town government, Elgin, 28, who goes by “T.J.,” insists “there is no transparency.”
A 22-year resident of Westport, Elgin, an unaffiliated first selectman candidate, went through the Westport public school system from Kings Highway Elementary School to graduation from Staples High School in 2008.
After Staples, Elgin said he bounced around different schools.” “I went to Norwalk Community College for a few years, went to Housatonic Community College for a couple. I have an associate’s in business management and another in marketing.”
Elgin lives with his grandparents and fiancee, Denise Bahr, off Robert Lane.
He works as a brewmaster at Wolf Legacy Brewing Co. and Minuteman LLC Brewing Co. Both companies do not yet produce beer, though Elgin said, “Everything’s down, the recipes are down, everything’s ready to go. I’m just picking between a couple breweries that are making offers.”
In addition to his brewmaster work, Elgin started a personal training business with Bahr called Something Wolfy Training Academy LLC.
According to Elgin, the couple spends a considerable amount of time volunteering.
“We literally spend about 80 hours a week just volunteering for the common good,” he said. “We teach the Fight Parkinson’s Boxing Class at the Westport Senior Center.”
At the start of last year, Elgin said he attempted to volunteer with the town’s political parties, but was rejected. “I just popped around and expressed interest to Jim Marpe and Melissa Kane,” Elgin said.
Elgin claims Marpe said, “I don’t have the experience he has and that I shouldn’t bother.”
Of Kane, Elgin said the then Democratic Town Committee head said, “There’s no place for me there because everything is spoken for.”
Marpe and Kane deny Elgin’s claims.
Although Elgin is an petitioning candidate, he reports close ties with the Reformed Libertarian Party. His past political party affiliations are varied.
“Two years ago I was a Republican; one year ago I switched to the Democratic Party; three to fourth months ago I registered as an Independent.”
Throughout the first selectman campaign, Elgin has sought to highlight Westport’s environmental issues.
“We have some of the worst water quality in Connecticut,” Elgin said. In the Oct. 12 first selectman’s debate, Elgin called the water “toxic.”
The town’s environmental challenges are part of a larger unwinding, Elgin said.
“At the current rate we’re going, we’re going to face many crises in town and globally. We’re becoming overpopulated. We’re draining all our resources and not really producing more than we’re using,” Elgin said. “Our safety and security has kind of gone out the window.”