Meet Wilton RTC Candidates: Mark Shaner, Board of Education

Wilton’s Municipal Election will take place on November 7, 2023. Here at HamletHub, we welcome both the Wilton Republican and Democtratic Town Committees to introduce their candidates.

Get to know Wilton Republican candidates through a series of interviews.

Meet Mark Shaner, Board of Education Candidate

Q: Why are you running?

A: I believe in being an engaged member of my community and, because Education has always been an important topic in our home (my wife’s a teacher and I previously served on the board of a school in NYC), running for the Board of Education is a great fit. In addition, my experience in data analytics can add a useful perspective that will increase accountability for our schools to make evidence-based decisions that can move us beyond partisanship and toward an environment where we focus our time and attention on what’s best for the town and our students.

Q: What are your goals if elected?

A: To...

  1. ... make the Board more civil, transparent, and collaborative. Given how important the schools are for Wilton, the Board should welcome engagement, questions, and input from all stakeholders. By listening to town residents, we can ensure the Board’s goals are aligned with the town’s goals.
  2.  ... ensure board decisions are evidence-based and practical so that we’re more likely to deliver for our students.
  3.  ... protect student-facing resources from partisan politics. Recent budget reductions primarily impacted student-facing staff and resources. 

Q: What is one fun fact about you?

A: My first job was a high school internship with the Laboratory of Mathematical Biology at the National Cancer Institute. I learned how to use statistics and information theory to identify patterns in DNA. That opportunity was made available to me by my school district. I’d like to help Wilton create similar opportunities for our students.

Voting guide

You can register to vote here.

You can also register to vote by mail by completing a Voter Application Card. Mail completed card to Registrar of Voters, Wilton Town Hall, 238 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT  06897.

You can also register to vote on Election Day at Wilton Town Hall from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm.

For Absentee Ballots click https://www.wiltonct.org/town-clerk/pages/absentee-ballots

Polling Places

Wilton is divided into three voting districts for all November Federal, State, and Municipal elections and primaries. All three polling locations are open from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

District 1:   Wilton High School
                395 Danbury Road
                Wilton, CT
                  143rd Assembly District, 26th State Senate, 4th Congressional District

District 2:   Cider Mill School Gym
                  240 School Road
                  Wilton, CT
                  125th Assembly District, 26th State Senate, 4th Congressional District

District 3:   Middlebrook School Gym
                131 School Road
                Wilton, CT
                143rd Assembly District, 26th State Senate, 4th Congressional District

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