DARIEN, Conn. John Lundeen is a new face on the Darien political scene, but he has lived in town for more than 25 years and worked in the business and the political world. As the Democratic candidate for first selectman , Lundeen is looking to address issues that he says have been largely ignored by the current administration.
"Our community of voters needs to know that their first selectman will lead the community and the Board of Selectmen in setting priorities that are important to the entire community," he said. Some of the issues Lundeenn says have been neglected include downtown and business development, traffic, flood control and open communication.
Lundeen started his career in Washington, D.C., as a presidential management intern. He worked in both the Carter and Reagan administrations, which Darien Democrats believe will enable him to work with both political parties.
After moving to Darien, Lundeen commuted for many years before opening a Darien-based consulting firm, Lundeen Cliffside Associates . He joined the Darien Chamber of Commerce and currently serves as vice chairman.
"The Darien business community is in the process of changing in some very promising ways, and I look forward to seeing that progress continue," he said.
The environment is also an important issue for Lundeen. "I am from my earliest years an inveterate and dyed-in-the-wool fisherman," he said. He is president of the Friends of Gorham's Pond, a group dedicated to removing sediment from Gorham's Pond and restoring aquatic habitats.
A father of four, Lundeen has been involved in many children's activities in town, primarily the Scouts. He has also coached youth baseball, basketball and soccer.
Lundeen is running with fellow Democrats David Bayne and Vickie Riccardo for control of the Board of Selectmen . If they win, it would be only the second time in Darien's history that the Democrats have held control of the board.
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