By Pamela McLoughlin firstname.lastname@example.org @mcpamskids on Twitter WOODBRIDGE >> If Republican Tony Anastasio is elected May 1, he will be sworn in to two positions July 1: as the town first selectman and as president of Woodbridge Rotary, of which he is president-elect. Anastasio said he decided to run because the town\u2019s charter is set up so that tie votes along party lines on the Board of Selectmen are common and the first selectman has the tie-breaking vote, as well as a regular vote. He said because of that, it\u2019s difficult to get anything done for the party not in power. Town leaders in recent years have had a way of \u201ckicking things down the road,\u201d and have been \u201creactive, not proactive,\u201d he said. A major issue facing the town and a headache for the recent administration has been what to do with the Country Club of Woodbridge, which the town bought eight years ago after its owners fell on hard financial times. There was a failed attempt to run a golf course; proposals to build dense housing were never approved. \u201cI have been against mass development,\u201d he said. \u201cI don\u2019t think we\u2019ve marketed the property properly.\u201d Anastasio has some ideas: \u2022 He\u2019d like the property to be open space with passive recreation such as walking trails. \u2022 He will \u201cengage professionals to market the Country Club of Woodbridge property for sale to independent golf course operators.\u201d \u2022 He will get an \u201cunbiased\u201d professional land use consultant to develop recommendations for the best uses of the property, taking into consideration economic, social and quality of life issues. \u2022 He will not entertain changes to the zoning regulations because it\u2019s important to preserve the rural and historical character of the town. POLITICAL GAMES Anastasio is \u201cvery unhappy,\u201d with the way the Board of Finance has handled department budgets, calling them \u201cill-conceived and ill-practiced.\u201d The Finance Board in recent years has effected policy rather than just budgets, he said, and if elected, he\u2019ll consider a \u201cprocess change\u201d to assure that the selectmen have final approval on policy matters rather than \u201cputting the burden and decisions on the Board of Finance.\u201d \u201cIt\u2019s not that I\u2019m angry with any of the people; it\u2019s the political games that are played,\u201d he said. Anastasio said it\u2019s important to maintain the town\u2019s high education standard, including at the \u201cBlue Ribbon\u201d Amity High School. Anastasio aims to \u201ccontrol our ever-increasing tax bills by improving our budget process and promoting sensible commercial growth.\u201d He said he will hire a part-time economic development professional to promote and market the commercial district to bring in more taxes. Anastasio has a history of community service. He is serving his fourth year on the Board of Selectmen and in 2011, he was named Woodbridge Volunteer of the Year. WOODBRIDGE ROOTS Anastasio is a semi-retired financial expert. He is married to lawyer Lisa Oak, who is former president of Subway Real Estate Corp., and now has her own business consulting firm, Oak Advisory Services, LLC. They met while serving on the board of Big Brothers\/Big Sisters, married in 1995 and have two sons. They moved from Milford to Woodbridge 15 years ago. Anastasio\u2019s family goes back 100 years in Woodbridge. He said his great-grandparents came to town to farm the land and raise their families. \u201cMy mother, Anne Perrotti Anastasio, and her siblings worked on those farms from the time they were children. I grew up helping my grandfather, Frank Perrotti Sr., at his garden center and other properties,\u201d Anastasio wrote in his biography. Voting is 6 a.m.-8 p.m. May 1 at the Center Building gym, 4 Meetinghouse Lane. The Woodbridge Republican slate is: Tony Anastasio, first selectman; selectmen, Spencer Rubin, Joe Dey, David Lober; Board of Education, Paul Testa, Steve Fleischman, Jeff Hughes; Amity Board of Education, Hal Smullen, Robert Rosasco III; Beth Walter, Board of Assessment Appeals; Zoning Board of Appeals, Kim Giangrande, Wanda Luciani-Kesses, Mary Hill, Dr. Robert Wiznia.