Zemo won't seek re-election in fall

Selectman Steve Zemo will not seek re-election in the fall.

Selectman Steve Zemo will not seek re-election in the fall.

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Incumbent Selectman Steve Zemo will not seek the Democratic party’s nomination for re-election to the Board of Selectmen.

With both parties caucusing next week, Zemo said he would not be running for another term in a July 15 response emailed to The Press.

“In 1995, I was part of a small group of activist residents who wanted to preserve and renovate the auditorium at the old high school for what would become the Ridgefield Playhouse,” he began. “The majority of the incumbent board was opposed to this idea. I ran, was elected and went on to chair the Playhouse building committee and serve on its first board of directors.

He sat out in the 1997 election but would up running during the next three municipal elections — At that time elections were every two years — in 1999, 2001, and 2003.

“I resigned in 2004 to help with family health and elder issues,” he told The Press.

“Feeling strongly about implementing the Citizens’ Committee recommendations for the Schlumberger site, I ran and was elected selectman again in 2015,” Zemo said.

“I have run for the Board of Selectmen five times and was elected each time. During my 11 years of service as a selectman and member of the Fire Commission I attended over 400 meetings. I believe I have contributed to the dialogue and raised questions based on my business perspective and community experience. I will not be running for re-election. I will miss serving and thank the residents for giving me their trust.”

The two parties’ caucuses will be on consecutive nights — Democrats on Monday, July 22, and Republicans on Tuesday, July 23, with both caucuses in town hall starting at 7:30.

Read more about the caucuses in Thursday’s Ridgefield Press.