Election season is always a bittersweet time in the Butler household, bringing back memories of my father Jim’s four terms as Trumbull’s first selectman. However, this year is particularly evocative for our family, and that is due to Michael Redgate.
James Butler was First Selectman from 1973-81; he left a lucrative career in the private sector to run. He won after defeating a six-term incumbent. He had no political experience whatsoever. What he had was a love for this community and a strong desire to serve its people. He brought a unique skill set acquired in the business world, and an ability to negotiate across party lines.