Author: Don Obrien

Sheila Marmion Running For Fairfield Board Of Finance

FAIRFIELD, CT — It’s election season in Fairfield, and Patch is here to help you get to know the candidates running for local office in 2021 before voters head to the polls Nov. 2.

Questionnaire responses appear as submitted by candidates.

Democrat Sheila Marmion, 59, is running for Fairfield Board of Finance.

Occupation: Occupational Therapist

Experience: Board of Finance, Board of Selectman, and Representative Town Meeting

Family in government: No

The single biggest issue in town is ______, and I plan to do this about it:

The single most pressing issue facing our town is “creating a balance between funding needed and valued services while keeping taxes in check.”

This is what I intend to do about it:

Board of Finance decisions regarding how much money we should place in reserve, how much money we should spend on services, and what constitutes an appropriate tax rate demand a balanced approach that weighs multiple, interrelated factors. These factors include assessing our priorities in light of our risk environment while determining what is affordable for our residents. While we need to adequately fund our reserves in order to address future risks, cushions in surplus and contingencies should be kept at a level that do not unduly burden our taxpayers. Keeping our reserves at an acceptable level, investing in needed services, and and keeping taxes low will ensure Fairfield maintains its value and affordability.

Critical differences between me and my opponents:

I have a wealth of experience in town government, having served as a member of the RTM, the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance. This breadth of experience, combined with 20 years in health care communications managing multi-million dollar budgets, and my current role working as a community-based occupational therapist, provide me with the experienced, and hands on leadership that Fairfield needs.


I have a strong record of leadership in town government, having served on the RTM for close to 3 terms, before serving on the Board of Selectman and being appointed, and later elected, to the Board of Finance. While on the RTM and later on the Board of Finance, I served as Vice Chair on the Senior and Disabled Tax Relief committee, working in a bipartisan manner to develop real solutions for our senior and disabled community members.

In my third term on the RTM I was recognized by my Democratic caucus for my strong voice and leadership when I was asked to serve as the Deputy Minority Leader. I was also a co-sponsor of the FairTV ordinance, ensuring FairTV continues to broadcast town meetings and events.

In addition to my experience in town government I work as a community-based occupational therapist, and I specialize in geriatrics. As such, I am well acquainted with the needs our seniors face in terms of aging in place and accessing the critical resources and services they need to maximize their independence and safety.

Prior to becoming an OT, I spent approximately 20 years in health care marketing, managing staff and multimillion dollar accounts. During these years, I analyzed clinical trial data, including a medication’s efficacy and side effect profile. This experience taught me to critically analyze data and do my due diligence.

As an RTM member, Selectman and Board of Finance member, and I bring this same level of scrutiny and due diligence to issues brought before us; my intent is to ensure we question and analyze information and by extension make informed and thoughtful decisions.

Other issues:

I am committed to facilitating thoughtful dialogue and decision making surrounding key issues, including responsible fiscal management, quality public schools and a vibrant and thriving community.

I am committed to maintaining our quality public schools through support of our education budget, meeting the diverse needs of our students, and attracting qualified educators and maintaining property values.

What else would you like voters to know about you?

I have consistently supported education, our libraries and senior services, and public safety. I engage with department heads, our police and fire personnel and members of the town boards to get to the bottom of an issue. I am a passionate advocate for keeping Fairfield the best value in CT, and and I provide a strong rationale for my votes and my decisions.

I will work hard to continue to leverage my experience in town government to ensure an environment of informed dialogue and thoughtful decision making. And I will continue to engage members of the Fairfield community on how we can maintain and build upon our excellent town services while delivering transparent governance and fiscal responsibility.

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