Jody Dietch accepted the nomination for the Democratic Candidate for First Selectman for the Town of Orange in July. Dietch is currently the chair of the Orange Democratic Town Committee and has been a lifelong resident in town. She has been educated through Race Brook School, Amity Junior High, as it was known when she attended, and Amity High School, as have her two sons, Howie and Michael.
She is proud to call herself a product of Orange Schools. Dietch attended Keene State College, where she holds a Bachelor’s in Journalism, and has a Master’s Degree in Public Relations from American University’s Kogod School of Business, which she puts to work every day through her job as an Executive Director in the nonprofit world.
Her and her husband, Jeff, returned to Orange in 2001 to raise their sons and, since returning, she has been an integral part in the community. Dietch served on the Race Brook PTA and helped to build the current playground there, and she also owned a child learning center, The Little White House, in Milford, which is where she credits her strong desire for early childhood care and education.
Dietch was part of the Race Brook PTA and spent two terms on the Orange Board of Education. An advocate for education and the Orange community for quite a while, she decided to step in this election cycle and pursue the Democratic Team’s nomination.
Among Dietch’s strong platform topics, she believes in working with our neighboring towns to reduce expenses and increase revenues where opportunity presents itself. She is a strong advocate for an expanded Amity K-12 school district under the direction of one Superintendent for all three Amity towns. Dietch believes this would allow consistent education for our children in all grades having our students on the same education page from the beginning and carrying them through their senior year. It is important that the residents of Orange understand that their child’s school doesn’t change. The only change is moving to one Superintendent instead of four.
Finally, she believes that the residents have been overtaxed to inflate the town’s fund balance to be near 20% when 10-15% is the recommended level. We have the highest fund balance in the state and other towns with AAA bond rating have fund balances closer to 10%. This excess is costing residents in their tax bill.