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Bertram Schmitz – Zoning Board of Appeals

Meet Bertram Schmitz, an incumbent seeking another term on the Zoning Board of Appeals. In 1978, my late wife Beth and I decided it was time to get married. The first order of business was to find a place to live. In the process of talking to friends, relatives and colleagues we decided to look towards the shoreline of Connecticut. I was an employee in Stratford and Beth worked in New London. For the convenience of travel, we decided that Clinton was probably the best place to live. Since we were now close to the water, we decided to buy a boat and take up sailing. To this day, sailing remains my prime activity. My education and years in the Army…
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Nancy Stone – Zoning Board of Appeals (Alt)

Meet Nancy Stone, candidate for Zoning Board of Appeals, alternate seat. I spent my summers growing up in Clinton. In 2007, my husband Joshua Stein and I bought a home in Clinton and after retiring, moved here full time in 2016. One of my proudest movements was getting my first library card at the Henry Carter Library, in the center of town, after learning to sign my name in cursive; the library is my favorite place in town. I have been an alternate on the Zoning Board of Appeals since I was appointed in May of this year and am be running for the alternate seat in November. I was also recently named to the Board of Families Helping Families.…
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Lynn Hidek – Board of Police Commissioners

Meet Lynn R. Hidek, candidate for Police Commission Living and working in Clinton for four decades has taught me the value of community: building strong relationships. I am eager to share that focus as a member of the Police Commission. In terms of Public Safety, building strong relationships is critical. Our Police Department, lead by Chief DeMaio, is staffed with individuals who are building community ties daily. Clinton’s citizens can count on the CPD to smile at babies as they check their car seats, ascertaining they’re safe; to instruct kids about internet safety, online bullying and the dangers of drugs; and to protect our senior citizens from phone scams, shady contractors and violence. Officers are present to make our roads…
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Ed Tessman – Board of Police Commissioners

Meet Ed Tessman, incumbant seeking reelection to the Police Commission. I was asked to run for the Police Commission four years ago based on my background and education and was certainly happy to help and give back to this great town of ours. In the upcoming November General Election, I ask for your support of my second term on the Police Commission: it has been my pleasure to serve the Town of Clinton, its residents and the men and women of the Clinton Police Department. My children were the driving force behind me getting involved and giving back. I have been a resident of Clinton for over 20 year but spent 15 of those years working in NYC and commuting…
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Bethany Knight – Planning and Zoning (Alt)

Meet Bethany Knight, candidate for alternate on Planning and Zoning Board. In 2014, I chose to move to Clinton, this sweet town on the Connecticut Riviera, to be near my son and his family, in Madison. Finding affordable housing was a challenge, which is what motivated me this year to be appointed to the Fair Rent Commission and join the Affordable Housing Coalition. I also have been nominated to serve on the town Tree Committee and seek election in November as an alternative to the Planning and Zoning Board. Unlike long time residents, I do not have a memory of downtown storefronts all being occupied and operational. As a member of the Democratic Town Committee, I have pledged my support…
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Ellen Dahlgren – Planning and Zoning

Meet Ellen Dahlgren, candidate for Planning & Zoning. I’m running for the Planning and Zoning Commission. I’ve been an Alternate member for three years, so I haven’t been able to vote on the most important decisions. But I’ve been doing all the work a full member does and I would hit the ground running. The greatest challenge facing Planning and Zoning is the inconsistency between our Plan of Conservation and Development and the existing zoning regulations. Our Town Plan, the product of years of hard work, was approved in 2016. But we haven’t implemented it. Implementation requires us write and adopt the regulations needed to reduce it to practice. Most of the controversy about P&Z in Clinton stems from this discrepancy.…
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Buckley for Erica Gelven – Board of Education

Knowledge, Passion, and Commitment – By Kim Buckley – Published October 25, 2017 Local elections have a greater influence on people’s daily lives than national ones; Nov. 7 is our chance to choose the people who will make the decisions that directly impact our community. One of those choices should be Dr. Erica Gelven, candidate for Board of Education (BOE). When circumstances prevented me from continuing my BOE service, I asked Erica to volunteer for the appointment to fill my seat. I knew that Erica had the knowledge, the passion, and the commitment to make a positive difference for Clinton. Since her appointment in 2016, Erica has proven me right time and again. With her Ph.D. in developmental psychology, Erica knows what…
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Niles for Ed Tessman – Board of Police Commissioners

Honest, Ethical Decision-Making – By Peter R. Niles – Published October 25, 2017 My name is Peter Niles and I am the chairman of the Board of Police Commissioners for our Town of Clinton. Ed Tessman is a current member of the Police Commission and is running for re-election. Working alongside Ed these past few years has allowed me to see firsthand his honest, ethical decision-making on some difficult issues. I want you to know that Ed’s service to the Police Commission has been very valuable to our community. As a resident of Clinton for more than 20 years, he knows our town and what our public safety issues are. Ed strongly supports community policing, which is to serve the community and…
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Colebank for Ed Tessman – Board of Police Commissioners

Honestly, Integrity, and Conviction – By Kevin Colebank – Published October 25, 2017 The Town of Clinton is privileged that Ed Tessman is eager to continue to devote himself to the town of Clinton and is running for re-election as police commissioner. Ed holds a master degree in criminal justice. As the CEO of a Connecticut non-profit, Ed understands what it takes to be fiscally responsible without sacrificing quality services. The Board of Police Commissioners requires exactly this skill set to remain effective, helping to keep our streets safe while keeping our town budget in check. Ed was integral in the police chief recruitment process, resulting in the addition of Vincent DeMaio, a big win for the Town of Clinton. I have…
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