Editor’s note: The Easton Courier asked candidates to submit a profile and statement discussing three top issues facing Easton and how the candidate will help address them. Nick D’Addario, Democratic candidate for Selectman, submitted the following response.


Nick D’Addario (D)

Nicholas F. D’Addario was born in Bridgeport, CT, and raised in neighboring Fairfield, CT. He is a graduate of The George Washington University and Vermont Law School. He lives in Easton with his wife, Caroline, his two-year-old son, Fritz, and his dog—Bonaparte. Members of the D’Addario family have lived in Easton for over seventy-five years.

D’Addario is President of Hi-Ho Energy Services—a fourth generation family owned and operated heating and HVAC company—based in Bridgeport, CT. He is very active in the local community and the Democratic Party. In addition to being a member of Easton’s Planning and Zoning Commission, he serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Child and Family Guidance Center (Bridgeport), as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Klein Memorial Auditorium (Bridgeport), as a member of the Board of Directors of The Barnum Festival Foundation (Bridgeport), and as a member of the Board of Directors of Cardinal Sheehan Center (Bridgeport).


I am deeply committed to preserving the rural character of our town and safeguarding it from unchecked development. My journey to Easton was inspired by the desire to provide my family with the experience of living in a small agricultural community surrounded by the natural beauty of open spaces. This commitment to preserving our town’s unique charm is my highest priority. 

Dave and I are unwavering in our dedication to supporting Easton’s farms. We understand the importance of safeguarding our open spaces. Recent milestones, such as the transfer of the Mill River portion of the South Park property to the Aspetuck Land Trust, under Dave’s leadership, exemplify our collaborative approach, combining state grant funding and land trust resources to protect our town’s treasures while enhancing our financial stability. We have taken significant steps to strengthen our position, including the implementation of a Land Use Ordinance requiring a referendum before the sale or lease of town land. I am committed to joining Dave in keeping Easton residents at the forefront of land use discussions. 

Drawing on my business background, I pledge to work closely with the Board of Finance to identify efficiencies, maximize town revenue, and seek grants that enrich our schools, library, and senior services without placing an undue burden on our residents through steep tax hikes. While we recognize the urgency of constructing a new EMS building, our commitment extends to maintaining our exceptional schools and senior services. 

Remaining well-informed about local government can be challenging. While talking with residents, I have heard how valuable Dave’s consistent communications have been in providing information about town business. Dave and I share a vision of an open, transparent, responsible, and effective government. Ensuring that residents have access to the facts they need to make informed decisions will always be a top priority. 

My experience running a fourth-generation local business and my service on the Easton Planning and Zoning Commission coupled with my background in real estate, law, and the nonprofit equips me to address both immediate challenges and long-term concerns. As a parent of a young child, I support our schools and will provide support to continue our top-tier education and retain the best administrators and educators 

Local government wields immense influence over our lives, our finances, and our children’s futures. I am a firm believer in good governance characterized by openness, inclusivity, and reliance on facts rather than political rhetoric. I advocate for building bipartisan consensus, leveraging common sense and collaboration to address significant challenges. 

Moreover, I firmly believe that compassion should guide our government. Whenever we can enhance people’s lives, whether through improved recreational facilities, enhancements at the senior center, or expanded after-school programs, without burdening taxpayers, we are effectively delivering on the promise of local government—to put the people of Easton first. 

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