Clinton Democratic Town Committee

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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Moran for Christine Goupil – First Selectman

A New Dynamic – By Maria Moran – Published October 25, 2017 Clinton voters who value education and appreciate the positive impact of great schools on property values are lucky to have an excellent choice available to them on Nov. 7, first selectman candidate Christine Goupil. She’s an educated mom of two young boys and she knows what kids need to succeed in our society. But she also sees the big picture. She’s a political moderate who has always been a passionate advocate for education, while maintaining a very fiscally responsible approach. She believes that our core municipal policy needs to focus on the kind of high quality infrastructure and economic development that supports great schools. She’s dedicated to working with local,…
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Hidek – Board of Police Commissioners

Building Strong Relationships – By Lynn R. Hidek – Published October 25, 2017 My name is Lynn R. Hidek, Democratic candidate of the Clinton Board of Police Commissioners. 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 Clinton Police Commission, and ask for your readers’ votes on Nov. 7. In terms of public safety, building strong relationships is critical. Our Clinton Police Department (CPD), led by Chief Vincent DeMaio, is staffed with individuals who are actively building those community ties. Clinton’s citizens can count on the CPD at every stage in their lives, from checking the safety of infant car…
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Allen’s Letter for Dara Onofrio – Board of Finance

Independent, Thoughtful, and Professional – By Sandy Allen – Published October 25, 2017 The Clinton Board of Finance has the last say in how our tax dollars are spent; it is the ultimate guardian of our financial future. It is not a board to which we should elect amateurs or friends. Rather, it is critical that its members be independent, thoughtful, and professional individuals who understand the importance of what they do; Dara Onofrio is that kind of individual. A native of New Haven, she graduated from SCSU with a degree in chemistry, studied in Italy, and went on to earn her law degree. She’s been busy ever since: became a partner in a prominent New York City law firm, started her…
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Santanelli’s Letter for Mike Smith – Board of Finance

Duty to Community – By Rich Santanelli – Published October 25, 2017 I’ve known Mike Smith for almost 20 years now. He immediately became an active member of our family, and I could tell right away that he was honest, hard-working, and always ready and willing to pitch in. Before Mike was a resident of Clinton, he worked for the Westerly Sun in Westerly, Rhode Island, where he was circulation director. Mike didn’t hesitate to become active in his community and quickly joined the Rotary Club, where he was named treasurer. After moving to Clinton, Mike was eager to join the Lion’s Club. You’ll find him at all of the regular events during the year, including Christmas in Clinton and with a…
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Best’s Letter for Jack Scherban – Board of Selectmen

Brings Detailed Knowledge – By Charlene E. Best – Published October 25, 2017 I’m writing on behalf of Jack Scherban, who is running for a seat on the Board of Selectman (BOS) for the Town of Clinton. He is a man of great integrity and he brings a wealth of experience to the table. Jack is currently chairperson of the Board of Finance and serves on the Capital Expenditure Committee, the Bonding Committee, and the Police Pension Committee. A retired banker, he has worked tirelessly during the last two budgets to reduce expenditures while providing public works and education services to our townspeople. He will bring detailed knowledge of the town’s finances to the BOS. Jack Scherban is also committed to attracting…
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Borgnis letter for Christine Goupil – First Selectman

This is the Opportunity – By Gary Borgnis – Published October 25, 2017 On Sept. 12, the people of Clinton used their vote as their voice to declare it is time for a change in how our town is governed. As the person to create and lead that change, Democrats overwhelmingly chose Christine Goupil as the primary candidate for first selectman. The majority of the Democratic voters chose Christine for her priorities, dedication, and focus on securing and developing the existing qualities, possibilities, and potential of Clinton. They chose Christine for her character, integrity, and diplomacy as a break from the past. They chose Christine for the nine years she has fought to protect our town, preserve our environment, and improve our…
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Coffin letter for Erica Gelven – Board of Education

Strength, Commitment, and Experience – By Glenn Coffin – Published October 18, 2017 I write this letter to express my continued support for Erica Gelven in her candidacy for re-election to a position on the Clinton Board of Education. Dr. Gelven deserves the continued support of the community in her ongoing efforts to make the academic lives of the children of Clinton rich and fulfilling. As the father of two school-age children attending the Joel School, I am keenly aware of our ongoing need for strong advocacy and constant support of our school system to ensure the continued funding and overall progressive direction necessary for our students to be competitive at the local, state, and even the national level. This past year…
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