Peter Schwarz is a candidate for the Newtown Legislative Council, representing District 1. He and Laura Miller live on Diamond Drive in Newtown and have five grown children, one grandchild and two dogs. Peter and Laura are enthusiastic hikers and play tennis or golf when they’re not visiting with the kids or exploring Connecticut and New England’s parks and beaches.
Peter received a BA from the State University of New York at Albany, and an MA and law degree from Syracuse University. He later received Master of Laws degrees from both New York University and City University of London Schools of Law. In a career of more than thirty years, he has been a corporate lawyer for both IBM and General Dynamics Electric Boat as well as several technology firms, specializing in technology transactions and software licensing. He currently works for a global engineering services firm in its Cheshire offices, where he writes and negotiates their contracts.
Peter’s career has centered on negotiating agreements between companies to get projects done. He has learned that whether you’re negotiating with the US government to repair a nuclear submarine, working with software developers and engineers to manage a company’s IT infrastructure, or remediating a polluted field so it can be developed, you need to moderate conflict and focus on shared goals. He feels that town government needs to focus on practical, real-world outcomes that benefit everyone in the community, and that he can bring that attitude and those skills to our local government.
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