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Presenting the 2019 Newington Republican Slate

Welcome! The slate is led by candidate for Mayor and current Deputy Mayor Beth DelBuono. The Republican candidates are a dedicated group of residents who are committed to responsibly growing Newington's grand list and maintaining Newington's excellent school system. We look forward to engaging the voters of Newington over the coming months and hope to earn your vote.

For Mayor: Beth DelBuono

For Town Council: Gail Budrejko, Tim Manke, Michael Camillo, John Donahue, and Dave Nagel

For Board of Education: Robert "Bob" Tofeldt Sr, Paul Vessella, Steven Silvia, Beth Manke Hutvagner, and Bruce Fletcher

For Fire Commissioner: Walter "Wally" Brideaux

For Constable: John "Jay" Bottalico
  • 10/24/2017 10:40 AM | Max Turgeon (Administrator)

    Here's my response to my opponent's screed on economic development:

    The document “Newington Needs a New Vision . . . “ recently distributed by Terry Borjeson is rife with errors and misinformation. Going beyond his inability to spell my surname correctly, Mr. Borjeson has composed complete fiction about two prominent vacant sites in town. Plans for these two sites are a matter of public record. Perhaps Mr. Borjeson should pay closer attention to what is happening in town if he has aspirations for public office.

    First, the old National Welding site, the so-called “Roy's Dirt Field,” has a developer with plans for a hotel ready to go. The site itself, after years of manufacturing activity, required substantial remediation to remove toxins from the soil. Then followed a period of testing by state and federal authorities to ascertain the lot's compliance with environmental requirements. The project itself includes plans for a parking garage, and negotiations with the Connecticut Department of Transportation to offset part of the cost to accommodate busway commuters are ongoing but slowly due to the State's fiscal situation. Decisions about the future of this site are being made locally. Let us not forget that Mr. Borjeson was all too eager to surrender land use authority for such properties to an outside commission appointed by his crony Dannel Malloy.

    Second, plans for an assisted living facility at the corner of East Cedar Street and Russell Road - “Roy's Dirt Pile” - have been approved by the Town Plan and Zoning Commission. The developer now is in the process of arranging financing. Mr. Borjeson seems to have forgotten that when he was in office and serving as majority leader this property was to have become the widely-hyped Amara project complete with an amphitheater, bowling alley, and Irish bar. Neither the community nor the financial sector shared Mr. Borjeson’s enthusiasm for Amara, and all that remains of that plan is a pile of dirt.

    After he read the Borjeson piece, Town Plan and Zoning Commission Vice Chair and Newington Republican Town Committee Chair Domenic Pane said:
    “Mr Borjeson is clearly delusional. Last council meeting Economic Development director gave an update which included both sites he referenced. National welding has a hotel waiting for the state to decide if they want to build a parking garage for the busway. As far as the cedar street “old amara site” as Mr Brecher said last council meeting they have a full Town approval and are working on their financing. What is wrong with Terry! Talk about political games. All this is easily verified in the minutes of the last council meeting. Development came to a screeching halt because of Mr. Borjeson’s friend Dannel Malloy. “

    In criticizing the Town's current Economic Development activity, Mr. Borjeson neglects to disclose that these services are provided to the Town through a contract formulated when he was in office and his party in the majority. My Republican colleagues and I are committed to appropriate development in town and intend to revisit, and restructure as necessary, this critical function as the current arrangement nears its end.

    Newington faces two obstacles to economic growth. 

    The town is almost fully developed with little land available for new construction. Nevertheless, existing sites and structures have been repurposed and continue as viable commercial enterprises. Ashley Furniture in the old T-Bowl, Clinisanitas in the former Michael’s store, Wooden Tap in what had been part of a furniture store, Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine in a former martial arts school, and the construction of new medical and dental offices on the Berlin Turnpike are but a few examples that have occurred during our term.

    Connecticut’s economic climate is far from inviting. Under Democratic leadership, the state continues to lose jobs. Young adults are moving to other areas of the country. Household median income in the Hartford metropolitan area is falling. Moody's is preparing to issue adverse ratings for more than fifty cities and towns. Governor Malloy remains intransigent in his refusal to provide necessary funding to municipalities. Against such a backdrop, attracting new business to Newington is an immense challenge. It is a challenge we will and must meet head-on. As development continues, we will, as we have throughout the past two years, remain conscientious in managing our resources in order to sustain the services expected by our residents. Revenues are not, nor will they be, what they once were. This is a reality we cannot ignore.

    - Mayor Zartarian

  • 10/17/2017 10:01 AM | Max Turgeon (Administrator)

    Winston Churchill once said, “Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” This lesson must be kept at the forefront for this municipal election in Newington. Democratic candidate for Mayor and Malloy appointee Terry Borjeson had to resign his spot as majority leader of the Town Council in 2015. This happened because Mr. Borjeson misled the people of Newington. Mr. Borjeson testified in favor of bill HB 6851 in 2015, that would have made Newington lose its zoning rights to the state within a half mile of CTfastrak stations. He gave the impression that he was speaking on behalf of the Newington Town Council. Fellow councilors were not aware that Mr. Borjeson was doing this. Thus, he lost his majority leader spot as well as his seat on the Democratic ticket as he was not re-nominated for the 2015 election.

    Why would a man who wanted to surrender local control to his buddy Governor Malloy, now want to lead the town? How can a man who misled his fellow town councilors and constituents, be trusted to act with integrity again?

    According to an April 29th, 2015 article in the Hartford Courant, former Democratic Town Councilor Chris Banach asked, “You can only wonder, what is the purpose of this? What is it they are after? Why does it suddenly need to be under their purview? Why would we give up our legally constituted right to develop and cede it to them?” We agree with Councilor Banach. How could Mr. Borjeson support something so blatantly bad for Newington. Could it have to do with his appointment to the State Pardons and Parole Board from Governor Malloy?

    Let us not repeat the mistakes of the past. Newington cannot afford Terry Borjeson involved in Town Government. Remember, a vote for Mr. Borjeson, is almost quite literally a vote for Governor Malloy.

    Newington Republican Town Committee

  • 09/04/2017 4:50 PM | Max Turgeon (Administrator)

    Roy Z and the RepublicanZ Kick-off 2017 Campaign

    NEWINGTON, CT - The Newington Republican Town Committee held its November campaign kickoff event on August 27. Incumbent Mayor Roy Zartarian was joined by council candidates Gail Budrejko, Mike Camillo, Beth DelBuono, Tim Manke and Dave Nagel. Board of Education candidates Danielle Drozd, Steve Silvia, Robert Tofeldt, Paul Vessella, and Jeremy Whetzel greeted guests along with Constable Candidate Jay Bottalico and Fire Commission nominee Kent Stoddard. More than sixty people took the opportunity to meet with the slate and honored guests. Guests included State Representative Gary Byron, State Representative for the 31st District Dr.  Prasad Srinivasan, and State Senator Toni Boucher from the 26th District.

    Incumbents reflected on their accomplishments over the past two years. Holding the line on the budget was a primary objective and, as the majority, Republicans exerted pressure on the budget to keep property taxes manageable. Candidates promised that protecting tax dollars would continue to be their priority. Bringing the Town Hall Renovation to referendum was a campaign promise. Zartarian told the crowd he is pleased that voters will be presented with a fiscally responsible proposal meeting the needs of the Town and the Board of Education.  Councilor Nagel, a member of the Town Hall Building Committee added “This proposal also provides residents with a significantly improved community center”.  Councilor Budrejko cited an important factor in the success of this council was an atmosphere of mutual respect. “As the majority” she said, “Republicans made it a priority to conduct council proceedings where majority and minority councilors could disagree without political rancor”. 

    A primary concern of those at the gathering was the state budget and its impact on Newington.  Senator Boucher noted that Newington's Mayor and his slate are energized and determined to help move beyond the state's fiscal problems and keep Newington moving forward. 

  • 08/26/2017 4:14 PM | Max Turgeon (Administrator)

    On Wednesday, Mayor Zartarian joined many state and municipal leaders in South Windsor to put pressure on the majority in the legislature to produce a budget. The current budget situation has produced many concerns for local leaders. Governor Malloy's proposed executive order to redistribute educational cost sharing (ECS) funds would mean an 11 million dollar loss for Newington's revenue from the state. The Mayor's comments can be heard hear, courtesy of the Hartford Courant.

  • 08/19/2017 10:08 AM | Max Turgeon (Administrator)

    The Newington Republican Town Committee invites you to the "Reelection of Mayor Roy Z and the Republican Team" campaign kickoff fundraising event. It will be Sunday August 27th from 6:00-8:00 at The Rooster Company on Main Street in Newington. Appetizers and soft drinks are included. Please feel free to bring family and neighbors. Any donations are greatly appreciated.

  • 07/24/2017 5:04 PM | Max Turgeon (Administrator)

    Newington Republicans Announce Slate for November Elections

    Newington Republicans, hoping to build upon the positive momentum of the last election, caucused on Thursday July 20 to select the slate of candidates for the November 2017 election.   The Republican Town Committee put forth a slate containing experience with some political newcomers.

    Leading the team will be incumbent Mayor Roy Zartarian. Roy will be seeking his second term as Mayor of Newington. Rounding out the Town Council slate are incumbents Beth DelBuono, Dave Nagel, Gail Budrejko, Tim Manke and newcomer Mike Camillo.

    “I’m excited about our slate. I’m excited to work with a fabulous group who want to move Newington forward.  I especially look forward to working with our BOE candidates to focus on building a constructive and positive relationship with the BOE” said Zartarian.

    For the Board of Education, incumbents Steven Silvia, Robert Tofeldt and Paul Vessella will be joined by political newcomers Danielle Drozd and Jeremy Whetzel. Mr. Silvia echoed Zartarian's comments, “I intend to work towards greater collaboration with the Town Council as well as finding opportunities to consolidate functions and focus the BOE on education”.

    Completing the slate is Jay Bottalico running for Town Constable and Kent Stoddard running for Fire Commissioner.

    Dominic Pane, Republican Town Comittee Chairman told those assembled, “We have a balanced team that has an excellent track record of working together, along with some new faces that will bring their perspective to the team”. 

    Given the economy, a stagnant grand list and diminishing state aid, the next few years will be challenging. Zartarian however, is confident the endorsed slate will meet the challenges.  “This Town Council worked well together showing little of the partisan rancor of past councils. We worked with the new Town Manager and the town maintained a strong financial base. We are optimistic about the new town hall/community center which will be brought to referendum in November. Newington has forward momentum, and this slate will continue to keep it going,” said Zartarian.

Responsibility and Reform is what the Republican Party is engaging in today.
We are a concerned group of citizens within our Town.
We support our elected officials, look to raise public awareness of the business that is conducted by those in office, and put forward the best candidates to represent you, our friends and neighbors here in Newington.  
This is your landing place to become familiar with those that currently represent you, those individuals that work behind the scenes, and information that may help you.  
If you would like to contact us, email Chairman Domenic Pane at

"Thank you to the residents of Newington for trusting me to serve a second term at the Capitol. It is an honor to be your State Representative." - State Rep. Gary Byron

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