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Selectman Candidates Debate at Staples

Liana Sonenclar

On the evening of Oct. 24, around a hundred students, teachers and local politicians shuffled into the cafeteria to watch the debate for the position of first selectman. The candidates were heavily focused on the future of Westport and the students who would one day inhabit it.

“Seventeen years ago, Main St. was more beautiful than it is today,” Republican Avi Kaner said. “The town’s assets are deteriorating.”

Democratic candidate Helen Garten also compared the Main Street of today to the one she grew up in, citing fresh, young companies and the success of arcades and movie theatres in the area. Meanwhile, Republican Jim Marpe discussed opening up access to the whole town through public transit and improving traffic flow.

The Republican party has set its sights on the improvement of the town since the Democrats have held the selectman position for over eight years. The candidates appealed very much to the interests of students. Aside from debating the future of Staples students, the conversation shifted to the involvement of students in local government. Marpe suggested that students should be represented further.

“As first selectman, I would like to establish a role for a student representative on the table,” he said. “I think a number of boards would benefit from it, and it would spice things up.”

Garten agreed with this emphasis, calling the debate “a great start” to the students’ voice in the town which she hopes to continue.

Regardless of the winner, both parties emphasized that every citizen should cast his or her vote as this could be an important election to the livelihood of everyone.

“A local election like determines our taxes, how our schools are funded and even our roads,” Democratic Town Committee chair Jim Ezzes said. “A local election like this can be more important than a federal one.”

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The news was a big part of Zach McCarthy’s life, and as he enters his senior year, it still is. Growing up, the news was always playing in the background, and his older brother would give him updates. But his main goal is to change the community in a positive way. Young Democrats, one of his multiple extracurricular activities, proves his love for politics. “I wanted to get into local politics because that is where the the most change happens” McCarthy said. Cold calling, a big part of Young Democrats, is when they call random numbers and convince them to change their vote. Through this he has learned that “people are people.” McCarthy also works with people ­ well, children ­ in his other extracurriculars. McCarthy writes for a blog for the library Makerspace informing families what is going on. He also works with middle and high schoolers when tutoring social studies and English.
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Liana Sonenclar, Photo Editor
For Liana Sonenclar ’14, a photograph isn’t just a distant picture taken carelessly with the fumbling push of a button. It’s not busywork; it’s not an afterthought. A photograph, to Sonenclar, is an experience, a careful experience, that captures not only an image, but also an emotion. “This year, I’m encouraging photographers to get close to their subjects,” Sonenclar said. “Be a part of the event.” Sonenclar, after taking photos for nearly every print edition of Inklings last year, is starting this year as the Photo Editor for the staff, a position that comes with its fair share of responsibility. In addition to taking as many photos as she did last year, Sonenclar is now in charge of making sure all the other photographers know what to capture. To make this easier, Sonenclar is starting a photographic recruitment process of sorts, hand-selecting artists and photographers that she knows are reliable and asking them to join her crew. “New people provide new talent, new variety,” Sonenclar said. “I want to change things up, to make every issue interesting.” And Sonenclar certainly has some experience in getting interesting photographs. While taking photos last year for Inklings, she also served as a Staff Photographer for the Westport Daily Voice as well as now starting this year as the official photographer for the Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk. However, photography is just one of Sonenclar’s undertakings. She also plays piano for Wreckers In Tune, is actively working on a science research project, is one of the Executive Editors and Producers of QED and a member of the French Honor Society, all while balancing nine Advanced Placement courses over her high school tenure.

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