Clinton Democratic Town Committee

DTC Candidates for November 7, 2017 Election

DTC Endorsed Candidates for 2017 First Selectman: Christine Goupil and Board of Selectmen: Tim Guerra and Jack Scherban

The Clinton Democratic Town Committee is pleased to announce its endorsed slate of candidates for the Fall 2017 Municipal Election. Our diverse and highly qualified slate is committed to ethical decision making and is clearly focused on the economic development and fiscal responsibility that will ensure Clinton’s prosperity.

First Selectman: Christine Goupil (websiteFacebook page)

Board of Selectmen: Tim Guerra and Jack Scherban

Board of Finance: John Olsen, Dara Onofrio, and Michael Smith

Board of Education: Jason Adler, Erica Gelven, Kimberly Russo

Planning and Zoning Commission: Ellen Dahlgren, Michael Rossi, Aman Singh, Bethany Knight (Alt)

Police Commission: Ed Tessman and Lynn Hidek

Zoning Board of Appeals: Charlie McEvoy and Bertram Schmitz, Nancy Stone (Alt)

Board of Assessment Appeals: Dolly Mezzetti


  • Christine Goupil – First Selectman This is a pivotal point for Clinton’s future and it requires a strong leader ready to take action. Christine Goupil is committed to realizing Clinton’s potential by making it the place to do business on the Shoreline. After years of fighting for long-term, sustainable growth as a two-term elected official on the Planning and Zoning Commission, Christine will build pride in our community by actively pursuing opportunities in sites such as Unilever and the Downtown. ... read more...
  • Jack Scherban – Selectman MEET ANOTHER SENSATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN…Jack Scherban! I have lived in Clinton for more than 40 years, and I have always been involved in local service. When my three children were growing up, I taught CCD at St. Mary’s, coached Little League, and American Legion Baseball. I attended every sporting event and concert, and I watched my children grow and thrive in the Clinton Public Schools. I am proud of those three children, ... read more...
  • Tim Guerra – Selectman MEET TIM GUERRA, CANDIDATE FOR BOARD OF SELECTMEN! Back in the early 1980s I rented a home in Clinton after I was promoted to the Echlin (auto parts) home office in Branford. Later, my wife, Morna, and I moved to Texas upon another promotion and lived there for 3 years. Due to yet another promotion, we returned to the Connecticut area for the same company. Because of my initial liking to Clinton, we eventually had a home ... read more...
  • John Olsen – Board of Finance MEET JOHN OLSEN…AN INCUMBENT RUNNING FOR THE BOARD OF FINANCE John Olsen is an active member of the Clinton community, having served on numerous commissions including the Harbor, Fair Rent, Charter Revision and Shellfish Commissions. As an incumbent serving on the Clinton Board of Finance, he is seeking reelection. He joined the Democratic Town Committee in Clinton in 1996 and was recently elected Vice Chair. He has participated in political campaigns from the local to national level, ... read more...
  • Michael Smith – Board of Finance Another fine Democrat ready to serve the town of Clinton. Meet Michael Smith, candidate for Board of Finance. While I am new to politics, I am not new to community service in my hometown of Clinton. I have been involved with Clinton Lions Club for more than five years. We try and do as much as we can for town and its residents. I really enjoy our yearly pancake breakfast. We always have a great turnout and ... read more...
  • Dara Onofrio – Board of Finance Meet another capable candidate for Board of Finance, Dara Onofrio! My inspiration and motivation to get involved in politics is summed by two quotes on my desk. Gandhi said “You must be the change you wish to see for the World.” And President Barack Obama said “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” My ... read more...
  • Jason Adler – Board of Education Meet Jason Adler, extraordinarily qualified candidate for the Board of Education! I believe we are at a crucial time for education in Connecticut. With state funding in doubt our school systems will have to be extremely diligent and creative to maintain our children’s educational opportunities. There also has to be sensitivity to the difficult fiscal environment faced by some in our community. I have been working in the field of education since graduating Swarthmore College in 1996. ... read more...
  • Erica Gelven – Board of Education MEET ERICA GELVEN, WHO IS SEEKING REELECTION TO THE CLINTON BOARD OF EDUCATION…. I firmly believe that our elected officials are only effective if they “go to where the people are, and go from there.” Our leaders cannot lead effectively if we don’t listen to people’s concerns, fears, ideas and dreams. To that end, I stand for QUALITY EDUCATION FOR ALL, achieved through sound practices and fiscal responsibility. “Quality education” does not necessarily equal college, but it ... read more...
  • Kimberly Russo – Board of Education Meet Kimberly Russo a candidate for the Board of Education This fall I will be starting my 21st year as a public school teacher. I have taught middle school special education, high school social studies, and am currently teaching 8th grade U.S. history in Madison. I grew up in Hartford, Connecticut and attended Hartford Public Schools through high school. I earned a BA from Trinity College and MS in special education from Southern Connecticut State University. Although ... read more...
  • Michael Rossi – Planning and Zoning Meet Michael Rossi, running for another term on Planning & Zoning! I do not come from a politically active household. I am involved in Clinton town government because I feel Clinton is a wonderful place and I want to participate in supporting it. I joined the Democrats because of their support for working families and underserved populations. I want to see Clinton get a Town Manager/Planner. In terms of what I would do on Planning and Zoning, ... read more...
  • Amandeep Singh – Planning and Zoning Meet Amandeep Singh, running for another term on Planning & Zoning! read more...

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