Westport RTM candidate: Christine Meiers Schatz
Christine Meiers Schatz
Representative Town Meeting-District 2 candidate
Current job: Mom and arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
Education: Harvard University, B.A. (2002); University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. (2005); Certified Connecticut Municipal Official (2018).
The most important issue in this election: How will we properly maintain and improve our town and schools while keeping taxes flat, which is especially important now that residents lost the full SALT deduction? Solving this problem would be difficult under the best circumstances. It’s a herculean task now due to (a) the state’s continued shift of costs to towns, (b) expenses related to Coleytown Middle School, and (c) a potential near-term economic slowdown. Given these headwinds, Westport needs RTM members with the skills necessary to critically evaluate and prioritize expenditures and balance near-term requests with long-term strategic goals. I hope to continue representing you and using my expertise to help navigate the town through these challenges.
Other issues: I’m a school start time advocate. You can read more at my website, www.sleepforsuccesswestport.com.
Family: I live with my husband, Scott, and our four kids, Zadie (8), Parker (6), Xander (4), and Cassidy (4). My parents, Jeanne and Jonathan Meiers, live a few minutes down the street.
Previous elected offices, community group affiliations: Volunteer Water Polo Coach, Board Member of the Westport Water Rats, Founder and President of Sleep for Success Westport, Certified Connecticut Municipal Official.
Campaign website: www.schatzrtm.com, though this is more of a general informational page than a campaign website.