Gail Lavielle Re-Elected State Rep. of 143rd Assembly District

Lavielle, a graduate of Yale and UConn, was re-elected to a second term as state representative.


Update: Nov. 7:

These are the unofficial results of the 143rd Assembly District election:


  • Gail Lavielle: 2,740 votes
  • Ted Hoffstatter: 2,317 votes


  • Gail Lavielle: 574 votes
  • Ted Hoffstatter: 477 votes


  • Gail Lavielle: 3,928 votes
  • Ted Hoffstatter: 2,277 votes


  • Gail Lavielle: 7,242 votes
  • Ted Hoffstatter: 5,071 votes


Original story:

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Today, Ted Hoffstatter, who has been elected to the Wilton Board of Selectman three times, is looking to unseat State Rep. Gail Levielle, a Republican who has represented Connecticut's 143rd Assembly District since 2010.

The 143rd Assembly District represents parts of Westport, Wilton, and Norwalk.

Levielle, who lives in Wilton, had a 100 percent attendance and voting record during the 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions. She has more than 20 years experience in executive leadership positions at Fortune 500 companies.

Levielle is a member of three General Assembly committees: Appropriations, Education, and Transportation. She is also a member of the Higher Education Consolidation Committee and the bipartisan Long Island Sound Caucus.

If elected, Hoffstatter said he intends to attract new businesses in order to create new jobs, and “keep young people in state by investing in research and development and transportation infrastructure,” according to his website.

Hofstatter said he would also like to ease the tax burden for all citizens and “trim the budget by eliminating redundancies and wasteful business practice.”

Lavielle, a Republican, is a member of the Wilton Board of Finance and Public Transportation Comission. Since 2008, Hofstatter has has served as the Democratic State Central Committee representative for the 26th district.

Alethiologist November 06, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Whoever wins should resign their BOS/BOF seat to enable a replacement to focus on Wilton's huge spending problems
EMR November 06, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Wilton's huge spending problems? Do you know that each taxpayer household is paying 82 dollars a year to contribute to a non profit (Ambler Farm). Has anyone seen a financial statement from Ambler Farm?
Lorna November 06, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Hey, EMR, can you expand upon this? I thought that the town's involvement (financial support) of Ambler Farm hadn't reached beyond the initial land purchase. Still, I think Bob Russell was insightful to buy the property. While I laud volunteer efforts and Kevin Meehan's leadership I didn't know that this venture was going to be an annual part of my property taxes. I thought that the Ambler house should have been sold off to a private investor to be renovated and turned into a self-sustaining -- tax-paying! -- bed-and-breakfast, perhaps with a small catering venue or restaurant. There are few of them in our immediate area, and none in Wilton. With Rolling Hills CC adjacent, I don't feel it would have been impossible to get part of the land designated as commercial property. And the costs of sustaining the White Barn's utilities could have been partially sustained by private functions such as weddings and parties. Think of how the Chamber of Commerce, the Village Market, local restaurants, etc. could have marketed romantic weekends at the Ambler House to raise their profiles. I don't agree with those who feel that maintaining a disheveled farmhouse (that had an unusable, dangerous staircase) is an educational tool for our children. I'd bet the kids really don't care about that, and the primitiveness and the artifacts at the Wilton Historical Society probably resonate much more about how life was once lived. Yes, I'd also like to see a financial statement.
Rational Wilton Mom November 06, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Lorna, I agree with a great deal of what you are saying, but you should know, as I recently learned, that Ambler farm produces local produce. And this year many HS seniors did internships there actually farming at 5:00am...in the sun and rain...and learned a great deal about the importance of local produce. And this year the class of 2012 used this produce for the vegetables and salads at their senior prom. I've never considered my 18-year-old much of a "green" person, but he now appreciates the salads on his plate. Just a thought to consider...
Alethiologist November 06, 2012 at 09:32 PM
iRWM So it cost me $82 this year so your child could appreciate a salad?
Lorna November 07, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Hi RWM, I appreciate that Ambler Farm was/is a locally-grown food source and that students had the opportunity to absorb vitamin D, use their muscles and better understand the farm-to-fork connection. I adore my home-grown tomatoes, veggies and basil so I know what it takes to get such a harvest, granted, on a much smaller scale. Still, I have to shake my head in bewilderment that fellow taxpayers and I have to pick up any of the tab for the Ambler house. What is its value to us? At least the White Barn might be bringing in some revenue as a meeting place, although it's difficult to tell how aggressively it's being marketed as such, particularly with restrictive zoning laws. While I certainly wouldn't want to see the Ambler house torn down and yet another McMansion slapped together in its place, I don't see how the people of Wilton in the near- and long-term will derive value from the house merely being rehabbed and turned into a "stop in time" kind of shrine.
EMR November 07, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Sorry, but there is something askew in taxpayers paying for a local non-profit. The 2012 990 will hopefully tell us where these expenditures go. Personally, I would like to spend 82 bucks on social services.
Rational Wilton Mom November 07, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Evelyn, you are apparently short sighted and unable to read. It was more than a sald. First, I did address the fact that I basically agreed with you. I was merely answering your comment that the children "really don't care" about Ambler Farm and its educational purposes. That is why I wrote about the use of the farm for purpose of internships (unpaid help) and agricultural education. Second, you don't seem to understand that if we teach our children about the importance of "locally grown produce," they will come to understand the importance of producing products and goods right here at home. It may not seem important now, but it will in the future. I believe most feel we need to produce more in the USA. The next time you go to Stop and Shop, read the labels on your fruits and vegetables...you will be surprised to see how much comes from other countries.
Alethiologist November 07, 2012 at 08:05 PM
I was raised on a farm thank you
Yes, but ... November 08, 2012 at 03:12 PM
EMR - Some of your Tax dollars also go to Merwin Meadows upkeep. When was the last time you took a dip there ? The Tennis Courts too. Been serving them up recently ? No wild coyotes runing through your back yard yesterday ? Well we still employed the animal control guy anyway. You are part of a great Town. Lead by Men and Women doing their best. You seem to have a lot of free time for all the PATCH comments - go volunteer at the Library or join CERT !!
Yes, but ... November 08, 2012 at 03:20 PM
The Town and Friends of Ambler Farm made a bargain - a Joint Venture if you will. Quite similar to the one with the Friends of the Wilton Library. A Private/Public Partnership. You raise a large amount of money privately and the Town will add money side by side. Would you really rather a developer have swooped in and put in 20 low cost housing units - adding 45 kids to the school system requiring the hiring of 2 to 3 new teachers ?? EMR do you really think Wilton should not honor its committments ?? Where would our AAA bond rating be if we started turning on ourselves. The Town agreed to this years ago. Go back to beating the $200,000 budget dead horse, or the lamposts ...
Think outside the box November 08, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Merwin Meadows and tennis courts are owned by the town. They are not privately owned non-profits. Big difference between Ambler and the tennis courts. Just because the town made a stupid decision years ago in regards to Ambler, does not mean the town needs to continue to make that same stupid decision over and over.
EMR November 08, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Yes, butt.... Merwin Meadows and the Tennis courts are town facilities and should be supported by tax dollars. Ambler Farm is a 990 non-profit organization. The Wilton administration pulled a fast one on the taxpayer by inserting this bond issue knowing a 14% voter turnout. Did the 200k go out for bid? Or this is another one of the Ambler/Administration palsies walsies getting the business on Wilton taxpayers money? What a racket....Has the Y asked for 200k from the town yet? I don't think so because there is successful fund development.
EMR November 08, 2012 at 04:12 PM
yes, but...PS the only time i'll use Ambler Farm will be if I duck hook my second shot on the tenth fairway at Rolling Hills. I'll have to go into your agrarian pumpkin patch to retreive it. You pulled a fast one on Wilton taxpayers. Also, who got the business for the 200k we shelled out?
Yes, but ... November 08, 2012 at 05:32 PM
This Country re-elected a President that 49% of the people would prefer to be someone else - votes count. The Town asked for binding input from 100% of the voting population - It voted overwhelmingly, by those citizens that bothered to do their civic duty, to help purchase Ambler Farm and have it remain open land and not available for private sale to some developer. No "Wilton Administrator pulled a fast one". Such an accusation is outrageous ! And you should apologise immediately. No Selectman has any particular skin in this "game". As a citizen, sure they could vote on election day - right next to you. If more people didn't want it, they had the oppoortunity to vote it down. Nothing was snuck in. It was written about in all the Town papers for months. Many active citizens wrote letters on both sides. Streets had signs all over town saying Vote Yes or Vote No depending on whose yard ... as a 501(c)3 non-profit citizens are able to make tax-deductible charitable contributions in support. Nothing nefarious about it. Votes count. Move On !! The Town voted. I repeat - go volunteer some of your abundance of free time. There are many worthy causes that would love a helping hand. And it would be so much more productive.
No to Ambler November 08, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Yes, but... Again you compare apples to oranges. In the presidential election, every four years we get the opportunity to decide (vote) if we want to change our minds as to who is in office. But yet you do not want to give us that opportunity on Ambler. You say that since we voted one time on Ambler, that decision has to stand forever. How about we vote again if we should continue to support a hobby with our tax dollars?
EMR November 08, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Yes, butt...The town pulled a fast one. Where's the bid for the 200k expenditure that 600 people in this town voted for? I think I'll have the School Sisters of Notre Dame ask for 200k of the taxpayers money. That's a religous non profit just as eligible as an agrarian non profit. No, wait, I'll create a non profit and have the town wait until a non election year and a voter turnout of 14% and pull an egregious fast one on the Wilton taxpayers.
Rational Wilton Mom November 08, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Being raised on a farm does not guarantee the ability to take the long view. One such as yourself, if truly raised on a farm, would find appreciation in Ambler Farm. .
Alethiologist November 08, 2012 at 11:36 PM
iRWM Hey I am all for farms. I respect farmers. It's a difficult but rewarding life style. We still have the place but specialize in organic wheat strains. Real farmers must have an array of skills from chemistry, genetics, conservation to rain dances. they need to adapt to new technologies or wither away. But there is a huge difference between farming to sustain a family and what they do at Ambler. Be my guest, pay the $82.00 they bill me and feel twice as good as you do now
Yeah but ... November 09, 2012 at 05:01 PM
@ "No to Ambler" - Who would you give it back to after such a vote ?? The Town was asked " Do we want to buy this property to keep it as open land." And the voters responded YES. We are talking about property not cancelling a job. I don't think the estate of Betty Ambler is a likely candidate to buy it back from the Town as a "do over". I don't know of anyone who would buy it and keep the stipulation of the original seller that it could not be built on and remain open space. Do you ??
Yeah but ... November 09, 2012 at 05:02 PM
The Town purchased it from her estate in 1999 at a fraction of the price a developer would have paid for those 20+ acres with the condition that it would remain Open Land and the historic buildings restored. The creation of "The Friends of Ambler Farm" was born after the fact to help the Town raise private funds to help offset the cost of the 3 historic building restorations. The non-profit does not own the land - Wilton does. They are helping to manage it. They are not a group of pirates stealing your tax dollars - they are doing good works on behalf of the taxpayers raising money to lower the town's cost !! ! The town has purchased all sorts of land over the years with various known upfront conditions. The Wilton Land Conservation Trust actively looks for more land to preserve. If you want Wilton to change to have even more condos and parking lots - lead the charge against the next one - or move to Norwalk where there are condos and parking lots everywhere already if you like that kind of thing. Part of the beauty of Wilton is it is not like that. There is potential land being discussed to be purchased on Seely Road. If you are against the idea - go to a Selectman's meeting and say so, but don't whine 5-10 years after the fact on PATCH !!


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