An honor, privilege
It is an honor and a privilege to be the Meriden City Clerk - and I do not take the trust shown in me by the voters of our city for granted. I made it a priority to earn my certification as a Connecticut Town Clerk. As City Clerk, I made numerous to both promote efficiency and save taxpayers’ money.
Further changes and improvements are necessary. For example, installing language translation software to better serve city residents whose primary language is not English. Experience as a City Clerk should be considered. I respectfully ask for your vote on Election Day.
Denise Grandy, MeridenFor town’s future
I moved to Wallingford in 1998 and for 21 years our town has had the same mayor and not much progress. I am supporting Jared Liu and the Democratic candidates for Town Council because they have viable plans to lead Wallingford into the future. Their plans take advantage of new transit options and updated infrastructure to bring more people and opportunity our community. The saying goes “adapt or die“: I encourage everyone to vote the Democratic line (Zandri, Testa, Kohan, Reynolds, Morgenstein & Hine) because the best of Wallingford is in the future and they will help us adapt and thrive.
Ben Martin, Wallingford Blake for City Council
I have been professionally acquainted with Krystle Blake for five years, and have rarely encountered such a dedicated community leader. Krystle’s energy, passion and intelligence shine through as she pursues the betterment of Meriden, where I work. Her organizational skills and management acumen are unparalleled. She somehow takes on multiple tasks and completes them all with acute attention to detail.
I wholeheartedly endorse Ms. Blake for City Council Area 3. Her tenure will see Meriden move forward in a fiscally responsible direction that will help small businesses to find their home here, encourage corporate investment and facilitate an economic rebirth.
Milt Coon, Madison Meriden’s old guard
Nothing says “moving Meriden forward” more than electing a charter member of the old guard that is the common denominator with Meriden’s decades-long decline. That’s why I am voting for M. Rohde. Additionally, his behavior following his defeat to M. Santos was undeniably “positively Meriden.” A big assist here to his like-minded confederates on the council. Battista also gets my endorsement. Another of Meriden’s 8 local “faves” that wield a power far beyond their limited mandate or capabilities.
L. Baillargeon, Meriden Jimenez for City Clerk
As an active resident of Meriden for over 20 years, I strongly recommend Yvonne Jimenez as an excellent candidate for the position of City Clerk. I have personally worked with Ms. Jimenez in my role as coordinator of the Meriden Family Resource Center as well as a community coordinator for the Meriden Family Zone and Children First organizations. Yvonne demonstrated her resourcefulness and experience in making progress while communicating with kindness and patience. Above all, Yvonne is motivated by her love for Meriden and its community. There is no one I would recommend with greater enthusiasm for the City Clerk position.
Migdalia Ballester Alicea Re-elect Dickinson
I am writing to urge the voters in Wallingford to re-elect Mayor William Dickinson on November 5th.
I resided and worked in Wallingford for 40 years and have seen first hand what a beautiful New England Town Wallingford has become under the leadership of Mayor Dickinson. He cares about his constituents and is an honest, decent human being.
Keep Wallingford moving ahead and vote for Mayor Dickinson on November 5th.
John A. Young, Cromwell Value for money
Nobody likes paying taxes. Despite the misleading claims of Republican/WTP politicians, Meriden Democrats have restrained our taxes, limiting revenue to cover essential municipal services and modest, shrewd investments in Meriden’s future. The facts: an annual state report finds that Meriden has among the lowest local taxes per capita in Connecticut, ranking #147 out of 169 municipalities [https://portal.ct.gov/OPM/IGP-MUNFINSR/Municipal-Financial-Services/Municipal-Fiscal-Indicators]. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society.” I wish everything were free, but I’m willing to pay for good value. That is what we get in our marvelous, moderate-cost, ever-improving city. Vote Democrat!
Jeffrey Freiser, Meriden Look at the facts
Every year Republicans and We the People candidates criticize votes of their own sitting councilors to mislead voters. The airport hangars were approved unanimously by all three parties, and the banquet facility had the full support of all WTP councilors. In fact, many of the most recent budgets were unanimously adopted, without any motions to amend that budget by either We the People or Republican councilors to cut any expense. Yet some members of their party constantly criticize Democrats, these great projects and the budgets in a cheap effort to get elected. Vote for honest government – vote Democrat November 5th!
Mildred Torres-Ferguson, Meriden Good for Southington
I am writing in support of Southington Town Council chairperson Christopher Palmieri’s candidacy in the 2019 election. Chris relentlessly gives his heart, soul, passion and talents for the people of Southington. It’s hard to imagine Southington without the dedication of Chris Palmieri. His tireless efforts have supported many different groups in this town throughout his career. While it may seem overwhelming to some, Chris has superb time management and organizational skills.
As a registered Republican, I will be casting my vote for what is good for Southington on Election Day- it will be for Chris Palmieri.
Annie Wellington, Southington Battista for Meriden
I support Cathy Battista for Meriden City Council, Area 4. Every decision she makes is thorough and honest. She doesn’t hide behind anything. She listens to the people. Anyone who says differently is merely twisting facts to fit an agenda that is absolutely not Cathy. If you call her about an issue, she handles it right away. She’s genuine and willing to speak her mind. She’s fiscally smart and her experience is necessary for Meriden’s continued growth. We need good people like her in office that we can trust. Vote Cathy Battista on November 5th.
John Eno, Meriden A true gentleman
On November 5th the voters of Wallingford will go to the polls to elect a Mayor not a Minister of Misinformation and Innuendo. It is for that reason my wife and I will be voting for Bill Dickinson. He is a true gentleman who has consistently displayed impeccable and unquestioned character, credibility and integrity. There is never a need to fact-check anything Bill Dickinson says as he is not prone to peddling misinformation or innuendo. It is for those very reasons we are supporting the re-election of Bill Dickinson for Mayor and not voting for a Minister of Misinformation and Innuendo.
Rocco and Angela Matarazzo, Wallingford Long-term vision
Please join me in supporting Meriden’s impressive Democratic slate: Battista, Blake, Cardona, Jelks, Rohde, and Tomassetti for Council, Jimenez for City Clerk, and Scarpati for Mayor. For Meriden to succeed, municipal office-holders must know how to work cooperatively, to assemble worthy projects that will attract state, federal, and private investment, and to create a long-term vision for our city. Meriden Democrats have proven they have character and competence to keep us moving forward. As your State Senator, I encourage you to vote for the Democratic slate on November 5!
Mary Daugherty Abrams, Meriden Ouellet for BOE
Ray Ouellet for BOE! Ray is a great choice for the BOE. He has been a Meriden police officer for 23 years, with 7 of those served as a school resource officer. Ray has a passion for helping people, especially the kids in the community. Having Ray on the BOE would be a welcoming change. He has great ideas and is dedicated to this community.
Beth Baigert, Meriden Shine on with Bill!
Mr. Liu’s website boasts a photo of the candidate in front of the brand new Wallingford train station, while he disingenuously argues that “Town Hall has missed opportunities … to plan for Wallingford’s future.” Wallingford’s new train station — planned, built and opened while Dickinson has been mayor — is the antithesis of Mr. Liu’s campaign of misinformation. The train station, and the surrounding economic growth that has since spawned, reflects just one blueprint of future opportunities embraced by our current Mayor — a Mayor who has hands-on experience in planning “Wallingford’s future.” I will vote for Bill Dickinson. Shine On!
Patrick Birney, Wallingford Deep love for Meriden
I enthusiastically encourage you to vote for Yvonne Jimenez for City Clerk – and not just because I am her husband. I know better than anyone that Yvonne has an incredible work ethic, a broad range of well-honed business skills, and a deep love for Meriden.
She brightens with excitement when she tells me of her hopes for the City Clerk’s office. She will bring a special combination of hard-nosed private sector principles and customer-focused service. I doubt anyone at City Hall can match her 25 years of real-life business experience. You will be well served by voting for Yvonne Jimenez.
Peter Jimenez, Meriden Don’t confuse them
I’m writing this letter to clarify the identities of two Meriden city councilors. Michael Cardona, a City Councilor at-Large, currently up for re-election, is a different person than Miguel Castro, a City Councilor representing Area 1. Cardona is a Parole Officer who works for the State of Connecticut. Cardona has never been arrested as he likely would lose his job if he had been. Castro was arrested by state police for an incident at the Meriden Superior Court House, whose case is still pending. There is some confusion about their identities and this letter is intended to clarify that confusion.
Elaine Vargas, Meriden The team for Meriden
There is no doubt that the Democratic Party deserves credit or blame for the current conditions in Meriden. For anyone not satisfied with the leadership of the City these past 10 years I encourage you to vote for the Republican and We the People candidates.
I particularly encourage taxpayers to vote for Mike Carabetta who led the anti-budget petition last year. Bob Williams and Denise Grandy who have done great jobs as councilman and city clerk also stand out. I also recommend for your vote: Dan Zaborowski, Joe Vollano, Rebecca Wronski, Ray Ouellet, Tony Martorelli, Josh Broekstra, Rob Kosienski and Ernestine Holloway.
Len Suzio, Meriden
The writer is a former state senator.Positive leadership
“Positively Meriden” are the watchwords gracing Democratic signs across the city. I appreciate this joyful affirmation of the place I call home. The Democrats work to uphold our community, to face problems and solve them, to bring us together in forging a new era of growth and prosperity. In this age of angry, divisive politics, I applaud their message. Thank you, Democrats, for your positive leadership. You have my vote.
Raymee Ferguson, Meriden No change needed
Wallingford’s “status quo”: We live in a safe town. We have: low tax rate, high credit rating, stable finances. Lowest electric rate in Connecticut. Fantastic library, Senior Center, Recreation Department. Businesses moving here or growing here.
These things don’t just happen. They result from real leadership and sound, sensible policies. We’ve got so much going for us. It’s not “time for change”. We don’t need solutions in search of non-existent problems.
Who we elect as Mayor says a lot about our town. We have an honest, steady leader who keeps Wallingford on its successful path.
Re-elect Mayor Bill Dickinson!
Patricia J. Kohl, Wallingford Bilingual, team player
Yvonne Jimenez is a lifelong resident of Meriden. She has a wealth of experience in the private sector as a manager and administrator. She knows how to run an office and how to work together with other members of a team. If she is elected, she will be a fully certified city clerk when she takes office. She will also be the only person in City Hall who is a bilingual Spanish speaker and able to assist residents whose first language is not English. Please vote for Yvonne Jimenez for City Clerk on November 5.
John M. Talbot, Meriden Battista for Area 4
Cathy Battista is my choice for City Council, Area 4. She has the right combination of passion, dedication, and hard work. She has demonstrated wise decision-making and is in tune with the needs of her constituents. Thankfully, we’ve had her to represent us on the Council. She has integrity with every Council issue and the knowledge to back it up. We need people like her to keep Meriden on the right path. I know exactly who I’ll be voting for on November 5th and you should do the same because it’s what’s best for Meriden – Cathy Battista for Area 4.
Cory Lewis, Meriden Tatta for Town Council
Christina Tatta is running for Town Council. Over the years, I’ve become more and more impressed with her not only as a person but as a public servant of Wallingford. Christina possesses a very strong work ethic, is a great communicator and genuinely cares about the community we live in.
Christina was the vice chair of the Charter Revision Commission in 2016 and 2017 and she has been serving on the Zoning Board of Appeals. Not very many first-time candidates bring this much experience to the table when they enter a campaign for public office.
Visit her website, christinatatta.com, to learn more.
Louis J. Czerwinski, Wallingford Re-elect Dickinson
Wallingford is a great town. We have stable finances, low taxes and electric rates. We feel safe. We enjoy good restaurants, a great library, the Wallingford Symphony, the Community Theater, the STEM program, and SCOW. There are hidden treasures in our industrial parks, 46 new or expanded businesses this year. We are beautifying Hall Avenue, have repaved North Main and South Elm, and put new sidewalks in on North Elm and North.
I believe what Wallingford has is because, unlike many towns, we have enjoyed stable, ethical leadership for the past 36 years. Re-elect Bill Dickinson and the Republican Council.
Noma Beaumont, Wallingford Working for you
My time as City Councilor, Area 4 has been a truly rewarding experience. I have learned much about this wonderful community and have appreciated working for and with you. I was born here and raised my family here. I’ve seen Meriden change over the years and have been part of its ups and downs along the way. Thanks to the Democratic Team, we are now on an exciting upswing with new initiatives for both our present and our future. I would be honored to have your vote once again and the opportunity to continue making positive changes with you.
Cathy Battista, Meriden
The writer is a candidate for City Council, Area 4. Liu has skills, plans
High Hill Residents: Do you know the mayor appoints the EDC? When BMS considered selling the property to a private (tax paying) school, the EDC went to the PZC to change the zoning regulations, effectively preventing the sale. Do you remember the people who spoke in favor of the mega-warehouses? The same Dickinson-appointed people! The EDC’s actions show where Dickinson stands.
Jared Liu supports our neighborhood and has ideas for making Wallingford even better. Watch the Candidates Forums (10/2019, 10/2017) on WGTV’s YouTube channel to learn Jared’s detailed plans. Jared listens and has skills to move Wallingford forward. Vote Liu!
Jen Frechette, Wallingford For positive change
I urge all my friends in Meriden to get out and vote for Meriden Democrats on Tuesday, November 5th. It is refreshing to see the Democratic candidates united for positive change in Meriden. Meriden Democrats work for you and for a better Meriden. Join me in voting Democrat on November 5.
Chris Donovan, Meriden Vote for Ernestine
Meriden is a struggling place. ERNESTINE HOLLOWAY wants to make it better. Her work as a children’s pastor and year-round donations with food pantries in our city has helped keep people fed. She is also a senior citizen and domestic violence advocate. She fights for the rights of children being bullied. She has always told things as they are without fear and wants to know what you think to make Meriden better. So vote ERNESTINE HOLLOWAY for mayor, November 5th!
Elizabeth Sanchez, Meriden
Ouellet for BOE
I wanted to write in and show my support for Ray Ouellet, my dad. He is someone who has not only been serving the city of Meriden for 22 years, but has lived here his whole life. He is so proud to be from the city of Meriden. My dad’s experience as a school resource officer gives him the practical knowledge needed to tackle school security. As a parent, I know how crucial this issue is. My dad is a leader and will always get the job done. I am so proud to support him through this journey.
Cassandra Ouellet Williams, Meriden
No ‘pet projects’
It is time again to vote for the people who will act as our City Council. They must be for fiscal responsibility and transparency. They must also be willing to say NO when confronted by “pet projects” that will cause higher taxes. The ballooned price tags for these pet projects makes for more borrowing. Do we really need to be spending more than our bond cap??
Vote for Michael Carabetta — he is a trusted steward, proven to act in Meriden’s best interest! Vote for Joe Vollano — a sane voice for all of Meriden! Vote for Zaborowski, Williams, Grodzicki & Kittrell!
Cecelia C. Flagg, Meriden
We as a country, state and community can stagnate, go backwards or move forward. The changes Meriden has seen and experienced in the last few years is the result of long-term planning by the Democrats elected to represent us in City Hall. We have the new award-winning Green, restaurants opening, re-opening and/or expanding, expanded train service (you can take the train to JFK) and much more. If the Republicans and We the People (the combined Party of No) had their way, none of this would have happened. Let’s keep moving forward. Vote Democrat on November 5th.
Peter N. Hargett, Meriden
Vote for Battista
I have had the pleasure to intern with Cathy Battista. As a student who was curious in learning all about municipal governments, Cathy took me to every one of her City Council meetings and committee meetings, along with ceremonial events. One thing she always told me is that political parties should not come in the way of local government decisions. It’s always about helping the constituents whether she agrees or not. I’ve seen her sit with constituents after meetings and respond to emails with concern. She even took me under her wing voluntarily! Vote for Cathy Battista on November 5th!
Anthony Kane, Meriden
The public has had ample opportunity in the past few weeks to analyze the aims and objectives of the various challengers in our upcoming elections. The Republican Party’s honest and practical approach, sets their candidates apart from the others.
They’ve shown great concern for the residents of Meriden and the willingness to abide by the wishes of that constituency is exemplary. I am more than confident they will do their job!
Join me in voting for Michael Carabetta, District 4. Joe Vollano, District 3. Zaborowski, At-Large. BOE Kosienski, Martorelli, Ouellet, Broekstra & Wronski! Vote for Denise Grandy, City Clerk!
Elain Cariati, Meriden
A great councilor
Cathy Battista has been a great city councilor for the city of Meriden. She has been responsive to our concerns and works tirelessly for the benefit of the city. We need more city councilors like Cathy. Vote for Battista on Election Day.
Stephen and Martha Tobin, Meriden
Vote for the Dems
Dan Brunet’s letter Oct 15, 2019 said he “begrudgingly agreed to extensive improvements to the library, hangars and banquet facilities”. What does that even mean? Did someone twist his arm? Couldn’t he vote ‘nay’ if he wanted? Not only did the Republicans and We the People vote in favor of all 3 projects with the Democrats, the budget passed unanimously! Vote Dems on November 5.
Anthony Washington, Meriden
Meriden is competing with all other cities and towns for new businesses, residents and visitors. Will a company want to locate here, a family want to move here, or a traveler want to visit? Yes! That’s because Meriden is a place of welcoming people, authentic neighborhoods, natural beauty, and unlimited promise.
Our Democratic officials work tirelessly and intelligently to realize this promise. Meriden’s real progress and future possibilities are the envy of other towns. We must not allow conservative candidates to take the reins and bring all this to a standstill. The Democrats will lead us to a better tomorrow.
Ellen Montemurro, Meriden
A positive message
My family has been in Meriden for four generations. Our remarkable city has people who care about each other, vibrant neighborhoods filled with community spirit, good schools with dedicated teachers and eager kids, lovely parks bustling with activity, and beautiful scenery framed by the Hanging Hills. It’s a place that is attracting new homeowners and new businesses. But some politicians focus on the negative, giving Meriden a bad name. I am voting for the Democratic candidates — they offer a positive message with solid plans that build on our strengths. Let’s encourage people to stay in Meriden for generations to come!
Donna C. Stimpson, Meriden
Republicans for Meriden
Just over a year ago, 6000 voters told the Council “get the budget under control”. The council responded with slightly reduced budget, only to end the fiscal year 7% overbudget. Despite being over our bond cap 2 months into the budget, the council introduced new projects involving airport hangars, library updating, and banquet halls. There were missed taxes from Eversource and later a $1.6 million surplus was discovered. Good fiscal management?
Councilor Battista announced the referendum accomplished nothing, 6,000 voters from every party disagreed. NOW is our opportunity to change direction — give careful consideration and vote for your Republican candidate.
Larry Johnson, Meriden
City is getting better
I am proud to say Meriden is the only place I’ve ever called home. My home is amazing and it’s only getting better. Downtown is flourishing with new housing, new businesses and a new train station. The new Meriden Green hosts many wonderful community events including Farmers Markets, brilliant concerts, and more! Maloney and Platt High Schools have been transformed, now providing our students with the remarkable state-of-the-art facilities our learners deserve.
Democratic elected officials had the bold vision and did the hard work necessary to achieve all this; Meriden Democrats have completely earned our vote.
Francesca Fontanez, Meriden
Re-elect Sonya Jelks
Being a daughter of City Councilor Sonya Jelks, I have learned the importance of local elections. Growth or improvements can happen with good, smart leaders. One amazing elected official that we have is my mom. She works many hours talking with businesses, organizations, and other elected officials to create more opportunities for Meriden to grow. She also cares about the youth of Meriden. She supports a good education and a safe environment for all kids. She is always looking to give a helping hand for those in need.
Please re-elect Sonya Jelks; she truly cares about doing a great job for you.
Zari Jelks-Heron, Meriden
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Holloway for mayor
Ernestine Holloway is Meriden’s at-large candidate for City Council, a candidate who wants to make positive change for her town. Ernestine and I have advocated together on issues of children, families and public education. I know her heart is in helping the people of Meriden, and her current door-to-door campaign is one point of proof of her intent and perseverance. Ernestine would be an asset as a Meriden city councilor.
Ann Manusky, Easton
Kohan for Town Council
Jeff Kohan is a first-time candidate running for Wallingford Town Council. He has a long record of public service and is currently serving his second term on the Planning and Zoning Commission. Jeff has a strong business leadership background in information technology and has the experience to solve complex issues while collaborating with many constituents. Please support Jeff as he will be a great asset to help move Wallingford forward. Find more about Jeff on Facebook: @jeffkohantowncouncil
Tim Wall, Wallingford
These are the facts
Jared Liu supporter Jack Beecher claims that the technology infrastructure in Wallingford is non-existent. Jared Liu claims that his plans for Wallingford are well researched, but he himself told me he was unaware until very recently that the town had an IT department. He was also unaware that there are already computer networks in Town Hall, Public Utilities, and Parks & Rec, to name a few. The Town Hall and several Public Utilities buildings are connected via fiber optic cable, and we have over 150 PCs and more than a dozen servers. One phone call would have given him that information.
Chris Lucht, Wallingford
The writer is network administrator for the town of Wallingford.
Jinks for Town Council
I am calling on my neighbors and residents in District 2 to vote for Jim Jinks for Town Council. Jim has become a strong advocate for making our neigh-borhood streets and commercial areas more bike- and pedestrian-friendly. Be-yond getting kids and adults out into the community to appreciate our parks and trails, Jim cares deeply about making Cheshire a town where people want to live, work, and play. He is eager to support small business creation to build our tax base. He has raised awareness of the need to address our commercial property occupancy rates and preserve and improve our property values.
Judith M. Slisz, Cheshire
Re-elect Chris Poulos
Chris has the energy and commitment to make Southington one of the most desirable places in the state to live and raise a family. While other cities and towns are struggling financially, Chris has worked collaboratively with the Council to keep taxes reasonable for residents, to advocate for quality public education, and to promote economic development that makes sense for the town.
Southington is fortunate to have Chris’ caliber of talent, leadership experience, and enthusiasm on the Town Council and should support his re-election for a second term.
Martin Albano, Southington
I strongly recommend voting for Christopher Palmieri for re-election to the Town Council. As a teacher for 42 years, I value a person who understands that being a good citizen implies involvement in the community. Chris is the best example of this type of commitment. He is the embodiment of the hard-working “good citizen”. He can balance his leadership of the Town Council with his other activities. I know that the residents of Southington have noticed the many programs that have flourished under his guidance.
Election Day is fast approaching. Please cast your vote for Christopher Palmieri for Southington Town Council.
Sandra A. Van Valkenburgh, Southington
Doering for school board
Please vote for Rajan Doering for Wallingford Board of Education. This young man represents our future and the future of the students of Wallingford. When so many young people do not want to be involved in anything, or willing to give back to the community, it is both exciting and hopeful to find someone who does. I believe that Rajan will not only bring a breath of fresh air to the Board of Education, but will always put the students of our town first. Let’s keep the level of excellence in Wallingford’s school system at the forefront this election season!
Angela Carpentino, Wallingford
Our founders’ plan
We have been given the opportunity to live in the greatest self-government system that the world has ever experienced. Our founders believed in term limits for public service … do the job and go home! We know what the Democrats have achieved in Meriden and Connecticut in the past 8 years, It’s only fair and to our benefit that we turn to the Republicans* and see what they can do for a term or two before we give it back to the Democrats* and they then pass it back to another group, and so on. *(or another political party)
Lauren Humpage, Meriden
A man of service
I am writing to express my support for the re-election of Christopher J. Palmieri as chairperson of the Southington Town Council. I have known Chris for over 20 years and have found him to be a caring, compassionate, intelligent man, willing to listen to ALL sides of an issue. His tireless involvement in the community shows that he is a man of service and integrity. The Southington School System and the citizens of this town are and will always be his number one priority.
Let’s continue Southington’s forward progress and re-elect our dedicated Town Council Chairperson, Christopher J. Palmieri.
Lynne Gagliardi, Southington
Doesn’t hold water
I’ve read Jared Liu’s website. Too much of what’s there doesn’t hold water. He puts too many issues in a false light. Too much of what he advocates is based upon misstatements or a misunderstanding of how government works. He makes too many allegations without stating the factual basis for them. Too much of what he says, therefore, is wrong, reckless, or unrealistic.
I’ve invited Mr. Liu to come on the Citizen Mike Show so he could explain. He declined.
Some say Wallingford needs change. Maybe, but voters nevertheless should go into the voting booth with eyes wide open.
Mike Brodinsky, Wallingford