Primary Challenge in 8th District
Dianne Nolan vs Dick Brown
Chapel School Showdown
In the 8th District in northeast Stratford, Dick Brown will challenge Dianne Nolan, the candidate endorsed last month by Democratic Town Committee members, to run in the November election to serve as the District’s Councilperson.
Her campaign platform consists of three major planks:
1) To communicate with and listen to all the residents of District 8 and work on their behalf. I propose doing so by hosting frequent district 8 meetings with an open forum for residents to share their concerns.
2) As a member of the Town Council, I plan to use my position to work with other council members and town agencies to make Stratford more competitive in obtaining new commercial development to ease the tax burden on all Stratford homeowners.
3) I will fight to be sure there is total transparency with the budget and all funding that flows in and out of the town.
Dianne and her husband Mark have owned a home in Stratford for over 30 years, and lived at Oronoque Shores for seven years. They are the proud parents of three boys and two granddaughters.
She presently teaches at Central High School in Bridgeport, is a union building delegate, directs the Summer Springboard Program at Yale, and is a member of the ESPN3 Basketball Broadcast Crew at Quinnipiac University.
She received her undergraduate degree at Rowan University and graduate degree in Physical Education from West Virginia University. Dianne began her college teaching and coaching career at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY. Her next stop was Fairfield University where she obtained a Master’s in Corporate and Political Communications and coached the Women’s Basketball Team for 28 years.
After stops at Yale and Lafayette College she retired having accumulated 575 Career Wins, Four NCAA Tournament Appearances and the distinction of having every senior she ever coached graduate, on time, with their degree.
Dianne has been inducted into more than a half dozen Athletic Halls of Fame, including the Fairfield County Athletic Hall of Fame, served on the executive Board of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association as Treasurer, on board of the Wakeman Boys and Girls Club and currently the Field of Dreams of Bridgeport.
Born and raised in Gloucester City, NJ. Her father was a US Postal Service Letter Carrier and decorated Marine Corps veteran and Purple Heart recipient from the Battle of Guadalcanal. Her mother was a High School Teacher and accomplished Girls Basketball Coach and her brother recently retired from his business agent position with Local 8 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Union.
“I am excited about serving the Stratford Community and am enjoying canvassing, talking to folks about their love of Stratford and concerns.” Dianne Nolan
Dick Brown is a real estate agent with Re/Max in Trumbull, and has served in a number of positions over the course of decades of involvement in Stratford organizations and politics. According to financial filings, on June 10th he donated to Laura Hoydick’s re-election campaign.
On the day they he filed paperwork in Town Hall to challenge Dianne Nolan, Brown attended a fundraiser for Jim Connor, the incumbent Republican Town Council member for the 8th District. Brown, who serves with Connor on the Boothe Park Commission, said that his presumed Republican opponent is “a good guy” but that he wanted to give Democrats in the 8th District another option besides Nolan.
Brown is also a candidate for constable, according to the filings posted online with the Stratford Town Clerks office.