WESTPORT—With less than a year until Westporters head to the polls to choose the next first selectman here is a look at who could be in the running for first selectman.

Jim Marpe-R

“I haven’t made that decision yet. I enjoy the role. It’s certainly a challenging responsibility, but one that brings a lot of satisfaction and I’ll be considering when to run again in the very near future and we’ll make that decision in the near future,” Marpe said.

The Republican has served in the town’s highest office since Nov. 2013 when he ran with Avi Kaner and defeated Democrat Helen Garten.

Marpe served as a partner at Accenture until his retirement in 2002—a career which spanned over 30 years. He was on the Board of Education from 2005 until 2012 and as vice-chair through 2007.

Jonathan Steinberg-D

“I’m very dedicated to getting this (legislative) session off to a good regard. Do I have higher aspirations at some point? I never would rule it out,” Steinberg said.

The current state house representative for Westport’s 136th District left the idea of running open. Steinberg recently won reelection, bringing him back to Hartford for his fourth stint in the Connecticut General Assembly. He has also served on the RTM.

A longtime resident of Westport and Staples graduate, Steinberg spent his years before government as a marketing executive.

Melissa Kane-D

“I’m not planning on it at this time,” Kane said.

The current chairwoman of the Democratic Town Committee and RTM member unsuccessfully ran on the 2013 ticket for second selectwoman with Helen Garten.

She replaced Dewey Loselle as the chair of the Downtown Steering Committee in 2014.

Matthew Mandell-D

“Well that is quite a direct question. I have made no decision on my future political plans,” Mandell said.

The executive director of the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce, Mandell also is a member of the RTM.

Avi Kaner-R

“No,” Kaner said.

The current second selectman and owner of Morton Williams Supermarkets has no plans to run for first selectman, but is considering a congressional run down the road. Kaner sat on the Board of Finance from 2005 through 2013, leaving as its chairman.

Helen Garten-D

“I haven’t made any decisions,” Garten said.

The third selectwoman has not made up her mind. She ran for first selectwoman unsuccessfully in 2013 with Kane. She was the chairwoman of the Board of Finance for two years and served a total of eight years. She taught financial and business law for over 20 years.

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