The Bethel Board of Selectmen appointed Bryan Terzian to the Board of Education Tuesday night, to fill a two-year term vacancy.
A seat became open after Independent candidate Elizabeth A. Frey resigned shortly after being one of the seven candidates who won .
Terzian also ran this year as a Independent/Republican, but lost.
Board of Education members Chairman Larry Craybas and William Duff and Bethel Town Republicans John Lennon and Bob Legnard all spoke in favor of Terizan's appointment during public comment.
All three selectmen also were in favor of his appointment and choose Terizan over two other people that wanted to be considered.
"He actually ran for office this year and did a lot of door to door," Selectman Richard Straiton said. "It's only fair that he be appointed."
Selectman Paul Szatkowski said: "Bryan is a leader and after many dicussions with him, he shares a lot of the same concerns as other board members. He'd make a perfect addition."
"Bryan will do very well and Larry (Craybas) said it best," First Selectman Knickerbocker said. "The changes we've seen in our schools have come from keeping politics out and always keeping an open mind."
Earlier in the year, Terizan, who is an officer at the Ridgefield Police Department, said at the Board of Education candidate forum: "As a member of public office, you need to consider what everyone has to say, in this case the teachers, students, administrators and the community. Everyone needs to be involved and I would listen to everyone's opinion."