Democrat Stone McGuigan “Focused on Getting the Job Done” Elected to Greenwich Board of Directors



GREENWICH – Janet Stone McGuigan is new to politics, but she has a long history in public policy.

Stone McGuigan, the Democratic challenger for an open seat on Selectmen’s board of directors, has worked in environmental regulation while living in Washington, DC, coordinating policy among a range of different stakeholders.

“Understanding how public processes work is essential,” she said. It’s a work experience she said she hopes to bring to City Hall if she is elected on November 2.

Stone McGuigan is originally from the Syracuse, NY area. She received degrees in civil engineering and economics from Cornell and a master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Working in Washington as an ombudsperson, she helped roll out new Environmental Protection Agency regulations, including those relating to drinking water.

His job was to bring together businesses, nonprofits and civic groups to ensure a smooth rollout of new federal regulations, Stone McGuigan said, and his experience was “working on large public processes and regulatory negotiations. federal ”.

She has also worked on Department of Energy wind energy projects and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“They would bring together all interested parties on these huge and complex regulations,” she said. “Then they would work on an agreement on what rule making should look like.”

Based in Brussels, Belgium, for a time, Stone McGuigan also wrote environmental responsibility reports for the European Union.

After moving to Greenwich in 2006, she said she “immersed herself in the community”, where her husband, Chris, is from.

Stone McGuigan served on the League of Voters and the PTA board. She currently sits on the board of directors of Community Centers Inc., which helps those in need, and is active in the Junior League. She was elected to the representative city assembly in 2019 and sits as an alternate on the education committee.

Stone McGuigan says his background in federal policy making will be an asset as Greenwich seeks millions of dollars in COVID relief funds.

“A condition for getting this funding is that we have to come together as a city to come up with a workable plan on how we’re going to fund it. And Greenwich isn’t as far away as other Connecticut cities. It’s something I can comfortably say that I can help Greenwich move forward, ”she said.

With experience in environmental policy, Stone McGuigan said she believes the city can do more in terms of energy efficiency.

“I think the city needs an energy commission to study energy savings. It just makes sense, something we can easily do but haven’t done, ”she said. “The recent floods show that climate change is real and that we need to make this city much more resilient. “

Stone McGuigan has said she would like to see the town’s Grass Island sewage treatment plant more impervious to major storms, and she believes the recycling facility at Holly Hill could be “reconfigured.”

“We have made progress, but I think we can do more,” she said.

Stone McGuigan, a married mother of two, says she supports the formation of a police advisory committee to add a greater level of accountability to local law enforcement, a concept recently discussed by elected officials.

“I think we can come up with something that would be satisfactory for everyone. It needs some tweaking, but the concept is great, ”she said.

Regarding her leadership style, she said, “I am definitely a servant-leader. I don’t come with a personal agenda, I look at the best interests of the organization. I focus on the job that needs to be done.

On the campaign trail, Stone McGuigan says she learns something every day: “I’ve knocked on a lot of doors. I thought I knew Greenwich, but I’m learning a lot more about it and enjoying it.

She says she enjoys traveling, reading and biking in Greenwich Point.

“I love our schools, our shores and our hiking trails,” she said. “Greenwich is a small town with enough diversity that everyone can find a place to fit in. But what I love most is its community spirit – residents who generously give of their time and talent to make this place the home we all deserve. “

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