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Roy Z and the RepublicanZ Kick Off 2017 Campaign

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. 

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