Brenda Kupchick is the former state representative for the 132nd district from 2011 to 2019, which she resigned when elected first selectman in November 2019. A graduate of Andrew Warde High School, Kupchick served as a member of the Fairfield Representative Town Meeting from 1999 to 2003 and on Board of Education from 2003 to 2009. She has also been co-owner of Peter Kupchick Heating & Cooling Inc. for 30 years. We got a chance to talk to her soon after she took office.
What does it feel like to be Fairfield’s second elected female first selectman?
It’s hard to describe the immense gratitude I feel for the trust placed in me by our community to lead the town. It’s truly a humbling experience.
What did you learn from the leadership style of the first female first selectman, Jacky Durrell, that might inform your own?
I learned from Jacky’s leadership style that leading is more than presiding over meetings and running the day to day operations of the town, but also about sharing your compassion and genuinely caring about the people in your community.
What is the biggest issue facing Fairfield right now?
Restoring the public trust in town government in the wake of the public corruption scandal and handling the environmental and financial issues associated with the fill pile. The next important issue is preparing for the results of the re-evaluation of residential and commercial properties that will begin soon that will impact residents taxes. A lot of hard work is ahead for me, town government, and elected town bodies to minimize this impact and maintain the level of services residents have come to expect. Growing Fairfield’s grand list and modernizing town government and services to improve efficiencies and customer service are very important for Fairfield’s future.
What smaller issues do you hope to tackle?
Other issues that are impacting us include the medical facility zoning issue and the 8-30g affordable housing impact. I’d also like to work with our arts and cultural organizations to brainstorm and implement new and fun ideas to infuse energy in our town.
Who and what inspired you to get into politics?
I was inspired by leaders like Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, both strong and passionate people who genuinely cared about making a difference in the lives of people while having to operate in an arena that includes many egos and personalities. The people of our community are the main inspiration for me.
What do you do to relax and have fun?
I do tend to make my work my life. The trick is to make it fun. I also love professional tennis, cooking, gardening, traveling, and a simple day at one of our beaches.
Is there a mantra you live by?
Plan your work and work your plan.
Is there something about you that would surprise us?
I plan on graduating with my bachelor of arts from Fairfield University sometime next year. Stay tuned!