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From left to right: Lisa Wexler, Probate Judge; Karen Kleine,
Board of Education; Jeannie Smith, Board of Education; Jim Marpe,
First Selectman; Avi Kaner, Second Selectman; Jennifer Tooker,
Board of Finance; Desiree Soli, Westport RTC Chairwoman.

Jim Marpe and Avi Kaner Win Westport's Selectman Race

Meet our Newly Elected
Republican Officials

Jim Marpe - First Selectman

jimA Westport resident since 1989, Jim Marpe is married to Mary Ellen and they have one daughter, Samantha. Elected in 2005 to the Board of Education, Jim served twice as Interim Chairman and was Vice Chairman from 2007 to 2012. He was a member of three Teacher Contract Negotiation Teams and served on the Town Plan Implementation Committee. From 2009 through 2012, Jim skillfully balanced the lowest operating budget increases in over 10 years without diminishing the delivery of high quality education to our students. He has demonstrated a deep understanding of town boards and how to effectively lead complex issues and get results benefiting Westport.

Jim retired as a Senior Partner of Accenture, a leading global management consulting and computer technology services company. Jim's leadership was proven by solving complex problems in both the public and private sectors. Jim drove positive results through process and technology improvements, leading both small groups and teams of hundreds. Jim has a BS from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

For more information, please visit www.marpekaner.com.

Avi Kaner - Second Selectman

aviAvi Kaner is the chairman of Westport’s Board of Finance, and has served on the Board for the past eight years. While he has worked diligently to ensure low or no tax increases, he has supported reinvesting in our town’s infrastructure. Avi has a vested interest in Westport and the school system, with two children in the school district and a recent Staples High School graduate. Avi's voting record on the Board of Finance has been exemplary in support of the schools, while he has aggressively pursued the need to benchmark best practices from neighboring towns.

Avi is an owner of a NYC supermarket chain where he deals with issues such as union negotiations, energy, real estate, budgeting, and strategic planning – expertise that has already benefited our town and residents. He and his wife Liz are involved in philanthropic causes in Westport and Israel. Avi has a BA and MBA from Columbia University.

For more information, please visit www.marpekaner.com.

Jennifer Tooker - Board of Finance

jentookerJennifer Tooker is a current member of the Board of Education. She and her husband Morris have lived in Westport since 2008 and have three children, two currently in the Westport school system and one who will enter kindergarten in the autumn of 2013. Jennifer has volunteered in the Westport community in various capacities, serving as Vice Chairman of the Conservation Commission, soccer coach for the WSA and a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club. She worked for Gen Re, a global reinsurance company, for 22 years. She held a number of management positions overseeing pricing, underwriting and marketing in both the US and the UK. Jennifer has a BA in Economics from The University of Notre Dame.

For more information, please visit www.jennifertooker.com.

Jeannie Smith - Board of Education

jeannieJeannie Smith currently serves on the Westport Board of Education. She has her Masters in Teaching from Fordham University and worked as an elementary school teacher and Academic Interventionist in Westchester County, NY for over 10 years. She was an Educational Consultant in Manhattan before moving to Westport and has served on the Board of her children’s preschool and the PTA at Kings Highway School. Jeannie is an active member of the Westport Young Woman’s League and served on the Westport Public Library Benefit Committee. Jeannie and her husband Dave have four children between the ages of 2 and 7.

For more information, please visit www.all3forboe.com.

Karen Kleine - Board of Education

karenKaren Kleine and her husband Joe have lived in Westport for 14 years. They have three children, ages 13, 19, and 20, who have all attended Westport public schools. Karen has served as PTA President at both King’s Highway Elementary School and Coleytown Middle School, as well as a member of the Staples PTA Board. Karen is also an active volunteer with the Westport Library and Temple Israel. Karen’s professional background is in the insurance industry where she served as an underwriter analyzing commercial property risk. Karen grew up in Wethersfield, Connecticut and is a graduate of Dickinson College.

For more information, please visit www.all3forboe.com.

Lisa Wexler - Probate Judge
lisaLisa Wexler and her husband William have lived in Westport for nearly 25 years. They are the parents of two children who attended Westport public schools. Lisa has practiced law for nearly 30 years and has tremendous experience with wills, trusts, and probate matters. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University and New York University Law School, Lisa is also the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Constitutional Law. In addition to being the host of a popular and well-respected radio show, Lisa is also very involved in the Westport community. She is former member of the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission and the Westport Zoning Board of Appeals. Lisa is a member of the Advisory Board of Jane Doe No More, which supports victims of sexual assault, as well as the Westport League of Women Voters and the Jeffrey Modell Foundation for Primary Immunodeficiency Research. She is the co-founder of Women in Power, CT.

For more information, please visit www.lisawexlerforprobatejudge.com.

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