McHugh will run for Board of Finance seat in special election

Trumbull Democrats on Monday nominated Lainie McHugh, a leader and activist in parent-teacher organizations, to run as the party’s candidate for the Board of Finance in a special election scheduled for July 22.

McHugh has led the PTSA Council’s community outreach project, “The ABC's of the Trumbull Education Budget,” for the last four years, making more than 30 presentations to a wide range of community organizations, including the Rotary Club, the Town Council and the Board of Finance, according to Trumbull Democrats.

McHugh has been a resident of town for 18 years. Her nomination by the Democratic Town Committee for the Board of Finance was unanimous.

McHugh ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Board of Education in the last election.

In remarks nominating McHugh, Board of Finance member Andrew Palo noted that the town is in a period of single-party rule, so electing McHugh is an essential step in starting to right the balance.

“The party in power thinks they can get away with anything, and on July 22nd, we have a chance to change that,” Palo said. “My friends, this truly is a 'special election,' and we need a special person to run for that seat. I am proud to nominate Lainie McHugh.”

The special election was set earlier this year when two Democrats, Board of Finance member Tom Kelly and Town Councilwoman Vicki Tesoro, went to court after the Town Clerk would not accept a petition for a special election for the Board of Finance. The seat was left vacant by Republican State Rep. Dave Rutigliano, who resigned quietly from the position in November. The town initially argued the petition was submitted past a deadline, but later agreed to the special election in court. Republican Bill Haberlin is currently holding the Board of Finance seat, after being appointed by First Selectman Timothy Herbst.

McHugh said that her priority as a member of the Board of Finance would be to bring common sense to the job, and try to foster a collegial atmosphere. Her  understanding of the school system's budget, which, she notes, accounts for nearly two-thirds of the overall town budget, as well as the process, gives her a solid foundation on which to pursue a strong, fiscally sound community that we can all be proud to call home.

“My promise to the taxpayers of Trumbull is to be a good and thorough steward of your money,” McHugh said. “We need to put politics aside to budget and create policy that ensures Trumbull is a town with great schools, great roads, great parks and services, and taxes that are as low as possible.”

McHugh said she will also try to build trust, tone down divisive rhetoric and foster alliances across party lines in the interest of the people who call Trumbull home.

McHugh is a licensed physical therapist working with Rehabilitation Associates, Inc. for the past 20 years. She is married to Tim McHugh and is mother to Rachel, age 15 and Michael, age 12, both students of Trumbull Public Schools.