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Candidate Biography

David Vogel



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David Vogel

Born and raised in Springfield, Missouri, David attended Yale University.  After earning his B.A. in Physics and History of Science, David began a career in coaching and administration at Yale.  He worked for three (3) decades as a Head Coach of rowing.

David, his wife Leah and their two daughters moved to Woodbridge in 1998, choosing our town because of the small-town rural flavor, the convenient location between the Yale boathouse in Derby and the campus in New Haven, and of course, the excellent school system.

His career at Yale included stints in senior management for Alumni Relations and a position as Senior Associate Director for Major Gifts in the Yale Office of Development.  Along the way, David added volunteer service with some non-profit organizations to his list of commitments.  He served as the President of the Board of U.S. Rowing, the national governing body of the sport – and was the only collegiate coach ever to hold that position.  Currently, David serves as Chairman of the Board for Whitney Center, the continuing care retirement community in Hamden, CT.

David has served as moderator for elections in Woodbridge and other CT towns.  In 2021 he was elected to the Woodbridge Board of Selectmen.

David is running as an incumbent for another term on the Board of Selectmen to effect change in Woodbridge.  “As an incumbent I have witnessed how partisan politics neuters the functionality of the Board of Selectmen.  I will work to change the Selectmen’s course from partisanship to leadership, and to ensure we openly debate local issues while focusing on the good of the community as a whole.”  David supports bringing our town budget to referendum as so many Connecticut towns are doing.  “Our antiquated Town Meeting method is contrary to the state’s embracing early voting.  We need an annual budget referendum in order to give as many voters as possible a say in our budget and in our mill rate.  In a true democracy, citizens are the governing body, not small groups of political party leaders.”  Also, David wants to help move our government toward action and away from the current reactive and stagnant process that the Democrat leadership has been following.