By TAYLOR HARTZ
The race has begun for Town Council, boards and commissions elections, with candidates announced by both parties.
Republican town councilors Michael Riccio, Chairman, Cheryl Louns-bury, Vice Chairperson, Victoria Triano, Tom Lombardi, and Paul Champagne will seek re-election, with Ed Pocock III returning the to election ballot following his retirement from his position as captain of the Southington Police Department.
Brian Callahan, Chairman of the Republican Town Committee, said he couldn’t be more pleased with the new, current, and returning candidates on his party’s slate.
The Democrats introduced three new candidates—Anthony D’Angelo, Edwin S. “Steve” Leggett, and Christopher Robertson—to join the race for a seat on the council, joining Democratic incumbents John Barry, Dawn Miceli, and Christopher Palmieri.
“We have a group of real winners, people who are dedicated to the town and people who are dedicated to running a good, hard, fair race,” said Edward Rosenblatt, Chairperson of the Southington Democratic Town Committee of the Democratic slate.
Seeking reelection on the Board of Finance are Democrat incumbents Kevin R. Beaudoin and Sandra E. Feld, along with Republicans John Leary, Joseph Labieniec, James Coleman, and Edward Pocock Jr.
Robert M. Berkmoes (D) and Michael Domian (R) are seeking reelection on the Board of Water Commission, and three Republican incumbents—Jennifer Clock, James Macchio and James Morelli—are seeking reelection on the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Newcomers campaigning for town boards and commissions are John P. Moise (D) and Stephen Theriault (D) for the Board of Finance; Erika Pocock (R) for the Board of Water Commission; and Democrats Theodore Cabata, Kevin Clements, and James Sinclair for the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Callahan said that, this early in the campaign season, he has concerns of “character assassinations and mistruths” concerning the Republican incumbents.
“They’ve fought the Republican Party every step, every initiative, every good thing that we’ve tried to do in town,” said Callahan of the Democrats, who he hopes will keep their campaigns focused on issues and policies, rather than politicians. “I wish they would keep it pure and clean and talk about issues and things they’re going to do to better the town.”
“The opportunity is right now for the kind of change that Southington needs,” said Rosenblatt with high hopes for Democratic candidates. “This year’s municipal election is happening at a time when we are seeking to restore transparency and due process and the voice of the citizens to our town government, and that has been sorely lacking for years.”
In total, nine Democrats and 18 Republicans will seek re-election in the town in November, with 11 non-incumbent Democrats joining the race alongside three new Republican candidates.