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Newington Republicans Nominate 2017 Slate, Led by Mayor Zartarian

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.

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