Election season is officially upon us and with just a few short weeks remaining until the votes are cast on Nov. 5, both the Democrats and Republicans are making moves to help residents understand their goals.
The Democrats, who currently hold a majority on the seven-member council, let their slate be known earlier this summer but made an official announcement this week, sharing goals and ambitions for candidates if elected.
Deputy Mayor Rachel Rochette will seek her fourth term on the Council, joined by joined on the ticket by incumbents William Watson, William Rasmussen and Margaret (Maggie) Morelli.
Long-term Berlin Mayor Adam Salina will be replaced on the 2013 ticket by Kevin J. Murphy.
"We believe that healthy communities begin from the ground up,” Rochette said. “Together with the community’s help, ideas and support, we have been able to revitalize our downtown, renovate our schools, provide all-day kindergarten, preserve over 850 acres of open space, and redevelop blighted buildings – projects and policies that make Berlin a better place for everyone.”
The Democrats aren't the only ones active in town, however. The Republican candidates, just four on the upcoming ballot, are standing strong with a slate that includes incumbent David Evans and new candidates for office Brenden Luddy, Charles Paonessa and Theresa Tonina.
Eric Buhrendorf will not be seeking reelection.
"Four is a majority," Evans said in a July interview. "I'd rather run with the four right people than people that aren't committed. Four people can help make a difference. I think we have the right four. A lot of people had an interest but being on the Town council is truly a major commitment. You have be able to give your 100 percent commitment and these people have made that commitment."
The Republican candidates will hold a "Meet the Candidates" forum on Oct. 17 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Senior Center, Anne Reilly said.
To attend the event, call (860) 828-7006 or for more information, call Anne Reilly, (860) 829-0260.
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