Candidates for municipal offices will be introduced or announced at the June meeting of the Democratic Town Committee to be held on Thursday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m. at New Britain City Hall’s Room 504.
Next month between July 19 and 26 the DTC will endorse candidates for Mayor, Tax Collector, Treasurer, Common Council (District and At Large), Board of Education, Board of Assessment Appeal and Constable.
Alderman at Large Paul Catanzaro and State Rep. Timothy O’Brien are vying for the Democratic nomination for Mayor. Fifteen seats are up for the Common Council, including five at large and two members each from five wards. Three individuals will be endorsed to four-year terms on the Board of Education.
Catanzaro, an employee of the city park department and past president of his AFSCME Local, was elected to the Common Council in 2003 and serves as its Assistant Majority Leader. He previously was elected to the Board of Assessment Appeals and as a Constable. He is a past Chair of the Human Resources Agency (HRA) Board of Directors. Catanzaro cites “economic development, taxes and education” as three key issues for the city.
O’Brien, who represents the 24th Assembly district, is the Chair of the Legislature’s Regulations Review Committee and an Assistant Majority Leader. He is serving his fifth term as a New Britain state representative and was the 2009 Democratic nominee for Mayor.
O’Brien gained elective office on the Common Council where he served five years. He has been a strong supporter of neighborhood revitalization zone groups in the city. For the three key issues of the campaign O’Brien cites “improving education opportunities for New Britain’s kids…and improving City Hall’s commitment to our local schools, holding homeowner property taxes down while improving neighborhood quality of life and creating good paying jobs by enforcing and strengthening our living wage ordinance and by finally creating a good plan for New Britain’s economic future.”
All candidates interested in the Democratic endorsement and nomination are expected to complete a candidate information form as part of the endorsement process. The candidate application is available at https://newbritaindemocrat.org/2011-endorsements/
Candidates for all offices are asked to submit information no later than July 1.
The Committee will also review 2011 state legislation and its impact on New Britain. Legislative action this year included passage of a health care partnership that has the potential to save the city up to $1 million in insurance costs and adoption of the Earned Income Tax Credit for working families.
City Council Meets Wednesday, 6/22: COSTCO/Park Zone Change On Agenda
On Wednesday, June 22nd, the Common Council may act upon its June 7th zoning committee approval of a plan to sell off a portion of Stanley Golf Course for a COSTCO warehouse store and convert a portion of A.W. Stanley Park woods into golf holes.
City Council meetings start at 7 p.m. Residents may express their concerns to either the Mayor at 860-826-3303 tstewart@NewBritainCT.gov or City Council. Public participation begins at the start of each regular meeting.
Donovan Expected In NB Thursday For Announcement
Meriden State Rep. and House Speaker Chris Donovan is expected to visit New Britain Thursday, June 23rd, to formally launch his campaign for the 5th Congressional District seat being vacated by U.S. Senate candidate and Cong. Chris Murphy. For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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