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Democrats 'Must Battle Complacency'

Most of the town councilors have been in office for four straight terms.

The Democrats announced their candidates for Town Council as well as Police Commission and Board of Assessment Appeals Thursday night at the Italian Independent Political Club.

Mayor Adam Salina will seek his fifth term on the Council. He is joined on the ticket by incumbents Deputy Mayor Steve Morelli, Rachel Rochette, Bill Rasmussen. Bob Dacey is the lone Democratic incumbent who will not run again. Will Watson will take Dacey's place on the ticket. 

Brad Parsons and Ryan Zelek will be the Dems' candidates for Police Commission. The two Democratic candidates for Board of Assessment Appeals will be Michael Anderson and Charles Frederick. 

"We have to battle complacency," Berlin Democratic Town Chairman Fred Jortner said. "We have a lot of work to do and we have to keep our eye on the ball. I'm surprised the Republicans are only running four candidates and there is very little new blood. I don't think that's good for the town.

"We can hold up a lot of accomplishments over the last several years. Just drive down Farmington Ave. and you can see some of those accomplishments. We have been able to keep the Mill Rate fairly stable during a terrible economic time which is a tribute to the hard work of the Council and Bob Dacey, especially, who led the budget and finance committee. 

"It's hard to lose Bob (Dacey), but we have a very competent, experienced group coming back. We have done a lot but we have a lot more to do. We are seeking to bring more economic development but we have the high school renovation, the new police station and a lot of other projects we need to see through to completion."

Watson first won election as a Republican six years ago. He then switched to an Independent and was endorsed by the Democrats and won four years ago. He has been out of politics for the last two years.

"My kids are a little older now and I'm really proud of the accomplishments of this council so it's an honor to be endorsed and welcomed back," said Watson, an attorney. "They have made some meaningful strides as a council and I want to be part of that and contribute whatever I can."

Besides the Town Council, Police Commission and Board of Assessment Appeals there will also be three vacancies open on the Board of Education. The terms of Tony Reeck, Mike Baczewski and Irene Matulis are all up this year.

Board of Education President thinks that Baczewski and Matulis will run again but has not spoken to them about it. The Berlin Board of Education is a non-partisan Board. 

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