Hoffstatter will step down from Wilton Board of Selectmen

Wilton’s Board of Selectmen will see another change as Ted Hoffstatter said he will announce his immediate resignation from the board at its meeting on Monday, Dec. 15. He has served on the Board since 2007 and it is the second resignation from the board in so many months. Hal Clark relinquished is seat in November.

In an email message Monday night, Dec. 8, Mr. Hoffstatter said he came to his decision when it was apparent his municipal duties conflicted with his current studies for a master’s degree.

“My course schedule presents a direct conflict with our meeting schedule,” he said. “It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve the town of Wilton for the past seven years, and a privilege to serve with my fellow Board members.”

A Wilton native, Mr. Hoffstatter said he grew up watching his mother volunteer in the effort to save Old Town Hall, enabling him “to witness first hand what a rewarding experience public service can be.

“Since I first stepped onto the Board, my goal has always been to listen to friends and neighbors first, and leave partisan politics far behind.”

Mr. Hoffstatter is a member of the Democratic party and said he would like to remain involved in public service in the future.

“Thank you all for the opportunity to participate,” he said. “It has been quite a ride!”

Thomas Dec, chairman of the Wilton Democratic Town Committee, in an email message thanked Mr. Hoffstatter “for his service over the past seven years and his many contributions to Wilton over that time. He has been an advocate for our quality of life and always put the town’s interests above all else. We wish him all the best as he completes his master’s program and have no doubt that he will contribute to our town in years to come.”

The DTC’s nominating committee will interview potential candidates to fill Mr. Hoffstatter’s seat, with the hope of making a recommendation to the Board of Selectmen “as soon as possible, especially with the budget season upcoming,” Mr. Dec said.

Mr. Hoffstatter graduated from Wilton High School in 1987. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Eckerd College and a master’s in education from Sacred Heart University. He has pursued a career in teaching and is currently working to earn a master’s degree in counseling at Fairfield University.

Mr. Hoffstatter has also worked on and off as an actor, most recently appearing in the independent film, Asabiyyah: A New Social Cohesion, produced last year by Ridgefield filmmaker Jeff Bonistalli Jr.

Before serving on the Board of Selectmen, Mr. Hoffstatter served on Wilton’s Water Pollution Control Authority, as a selectmen’s appointee to the Wilton Library Board of Trustees, and as chairman of the Democratic Town Committee. He also unsuccessfully challenged Gail Lavielle in 2012 for the 143rd District seat on the state House legislature.