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  • Who are the local democratic representitives in Executive Office?
    The town of New Milford presently has the following candidates and representitives for Executive Office:

    Mayor -- David Gronbach is a local small business owner and owner of his own Bank Street law practice, Dave graduated with a B.A. from SUNY Albany and a law degree from Pace University. Dave and his wife, Vanessa, jointly run both the Gronbach Law practice and the Book Nook. A father of three children, Dave was active in the John Pettibone School PTO. He has been intimately involved in addressing the many policy and practical issues facing our Town as outlined by the Democratic Town Committee’s platform.
  • Who are the local democratic representitives for Town Council?
    The town of New Milford currently has the following candidates and representitives for Town Council:

    Mary Jane Lundgren -- Vice Chairman, Six-term member, New Milford Town Council; Chairman, CT National Association of Social Workers Political Action Committee; Member, Commission on Aging; Member, Ambulance Building Committee; Member, Affordable Housing Committee; Member, Housing Partnership; Recording Secretary, New Milford Democratic Town Committee. Registered Nurse, Intensive Care Unit New Milford Hospital. MSW, University of Connecticut School of Social Work; BA, Western Connecticut State University; RN, Roosevelt Hospital School of Nursing.

    Walter M. Bayer -- Former two-term Member, New Milford Town Council, (4 years); Former Chairman and Member, Zoning Board of Appeals (13 years); Former Member, current 911 Memorial Committee; Historic Properties Commission; Municipal Citation Hearing Officer; Lector, St. Francis Xavier Church; Member, American Legion Post 60; President, Greater Candlewood Exchange Club; Member, New Milford Democratic Town Committee; Retired Social Studies teacher, Brookfield High School. BS, Southern CT State College; MA, Fairfield University; Six-Year Certificate in Administration; US Army, 1960-1963.

    Frank Wargo -- Member, New Milford Town Council; Former Member, Board of Finance; Chairman, Economic Development Commission; Former Member, Board of Education; Former Chairman, Planning Commission; Former President, New Milford Rotary Club; Former District Governor, Rotary District 7890; Member, New Milford Democratic Town Committee. Retired, Owner/CEO of Fire Control Service Co., Inc. BS, Southern Connecticut State University; MS, Urban and Regional Planning, Southern Illinois University; Six-Year Certificate in Administration, Southern Connecticut State University. U.S. Air Force, four years.

    Jessica Richardson -- A lifelong resident of New Milford, Jessica Richardson graduated with a B.S. from Western Connecticut State University, and received a law degree from New York Law School. Jessica is a member of the New York Bar Association. She is an advocate for people with disabilities at Western Connecticut Association for Human Rights. She is also an attorney with a Danbury law firm that she will be taking over in the fall as a solo practitioner. Since returning to New Milford, Jessica has been involved in addressing issues facing our town as a member of the Democratic Town Committee and has served as the Platform Committee Chair for the DTC.

    Scott Chamberlain -- Parliamentarian, Scott Chamberlain is a Connecticut native who was raised in Stamford. He has been a practicing attorney in the state since 1987. Scott currently serves on the board of the Danbury Regional Child Advocacy Center, and is a past president of The Volunteer Center of Western Connecticut. He graduated from Louisiana State University, and received his law degree from Louisiana State University School of Law. Scott lives in Gaylordsville with his wife and their three dogs.
  • Who are the local democratic representitives for the Board of Education?
    The town of New Milford presently has the following candidates and representitives for the Board of Education:

    David Lawson* -- David, a current member of the Board of Education since 2003, has served as a committee chair as well as Board secretary. He has been teaching for thirty-two years at Dover High School, in Dover Plains, New York. Active in political and community affairs, David is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, and the 500th Bomb Group Association. He has worked as a summer camp counselor for 24 years. David graduated from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada with a B.A. and B.Ed. He received his M.S. from SUC at Potsdam, New York. David and his wife Lisa have two children, Jennifer and Benjamin and are longtime New Milford residents.

    Bill Dahl -- Bill is a retired educator and longtime resident of the Gaylordsville section of New Milford. He taught for thirty-five years at North Salem CSD in New York State, and was active in the North Salem Teachers Association serving as President, Vice President, and Rep at large. He was a volunteer coach in the town’s basketball program as well as the baseball and softball leagues. Bill received his Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from Queens College, and a Masters of Science from WCSU in School Counseling. He sings in the Kent Congrega-tional choir. Bill and his wife Suzan have two grown children, Brian and Michelle. Bill’s motto is: “Education is planting the seeds of knowledge for a lifetime of Harvesting.”

    Brian McCauley -- Brain has twenty years of professional experience working in educational settings. He has been teaching social studies and special education for ten years at the Devereux Glenholme School, a therapeutic boarding school for students with special needs in Washington, Connecticut. In the summers, he is Director of Washington’s Parks and Recreation Camp. Brian has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The College of Wooster, and a Master of Education from Mercy College. His experience as a parent and educator give him insight into the needs of both teachers and students, and he is uniquely qualified to serve on the School Board. He and his wife Miyako Kinoshita have lived in New Milford since 2001. Their daughter, Julia, is in the third grade at Sarah Nobel School.

    Tammy McInerney -- A New Milford resident for thirteen years, Tammy McInerney spent seventeen years working for Western Connecticut State University, most recently as Director of Alumni Relations. Tammy is Co-President of the Northville Parent Teacher Organization, and has volunteered since 2007. She is active in New Milford Girl Scouts, and New Milford Bulls. Tammy wants the town to keep Pettibone School, and use it for community and/or educational purposes. She is a proponent for smart budgeting. Tammy would like to be a liaison between the Board of Education and the PTO’s. She is a strong advocate for parents of children with special needs in this district. Tammy graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. She has three children who attend New Milford Public Schools.

    JT Schemm -- Jason “J.T.” Schemm spent twelve of his eighteen years as a teacher at New Milford High School. He taught Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. A resident of Gaylordsville in New Milford for fourteen years, he is an active volunteer giving his time supporting local youth hockey and soccer programs. He also supports STEM Leadership, and New Milford District’s Strategic Planning, programs that further education. J.T. was co-sponsor of the ‘Project Lead the Way’ engineering sequence at NMHS. He is a graduate of Brandeis University with a BA in Neuroscience, Med from Cambridge College, and a sixth year Certificate from UCONN in Educational Leadership. He and his wife Emily have three sons.
  • Who are the local democratic representitives for the Board of Finance?
    The town of New Milford currently has the following candidates and representitives for the Board of Finance:

    Barbara Mary Wolff - Former Member, New Milford Tri-Centennial Commission; Chair of “ 300 Years of New England Desserts”; Treasurer for Democratic Candidate; Member, New Milford Democratic Town Committee; Parishioner, St. Francis Xavier. Resident of New Milford since 1986. AAS, State University of New York at Canton in Veterinary Science Technology, licensed in New York State; Attended Western Connecticut State University, Biology/Psychology major.

    Joe DeGregorio - Joseph DeGregorio, a New Milford resident since 2007, is currently serving on the Board of Finance as an alternate. He is a member of New Milford Lions Club and owns his own local business; Joe Fix It. Joseph graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a BBA in Supervisory Management, and a BBA in Finance, Business Management.

    Mohammed Karim - Mohammed has been a resident of New Milford since 2005. He is a small business owner, and co-owns a South Asian grocery store in downtown Danbury, as well as managing a convenience store in New Milford. He graduated from the University of Chittagong in Bangladesh with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Mohammed lives with his wife and their two daughters who both attend schools in New Milford. Mohammed would like to work with the town to build a better future for all the residents of New Milford.

    Frank Wargo -- Member, New Milford Town Council; Former Member, Board of Finance; Chairman, Economic Development Commission; Former Member, Board of Education; Former Chairman, Planning Commission; Former President, New Milford Rotary Club; Former District Governor, Rotary District 7890; Member, New Milford Democratic Town Committee. Retired, Owner/CEO of Fire Control Service Co., Inc. BS, Southern Connecticut State University; MS, Urban and Regional Planning, Southern Illinois University; Six-Year Certificate in Administration, Southern Connecticut State University. U.S. Air Force, four years.
  • Who are the local democratic representitives for the Planning Commission?
    The town of New Milford currently has the following candidates and representitives for the Planning Commission:

    John Kane -- Local photographer and farm owner John Kane is a lo ngtime resident of the Northville section of town. He is a former President of the Northville Resident’s Association, and currently a board member of the Merryall Center for the Arts, as well as the Northville Cemetary Association. John volunteers for the New Milford Farmland Preservation Committee. He lives with his wife Wendy and their two boys Tristan and James on a small farm in Northville. A proponent of ‘smart growth’ principles, he believes that the town’s ethics code must preclude board and commission members from conflicts at the expense of the tax payers.

    Jon Seidman -- Vice Chairman, Jon lives in the Northville area of New Milford. He is a systems engineer for a cyber security firm. He has a BA in Computer Science from Colgate University. Jon is a member of the Northville PTO, and supports the schools in every way he can. He is a member of the Rotary Club of the Housatonic Valley. Jon and his wife Robyn have a daughter Leah who attends Northville Elementary School.
  • Who are the local democratic representitives for the Zoning Board?
    The town of New Milford currently has the following candidates and representitives for the Zoning Board:

    Sharon Ward* - Dr. Ward, a current member of the Zoning Commission, has served since 2006. She has also served on the Lake Lillinonah Authority, and the Housatonic River Commission. She is an active member of the Rotary Club of New Milford, and past president of the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Ward holds a Doctorate in Chiropractic from National University of Health Sciences, and a BS from UCONN. She has been a practicing Chiropractic Physician since 1981, and is the mother of twins, Dawn Stephenson and Heather Riebeling.

    Tom O'Brien - Tom, a freelance writer, editor, and carpenter, has lived in New Milford with his wife, Cece, and teenage son, Jake, since 1999. His volunteer efforts have focused on preserving the town’s historical character, and trying to make it safer and easier to walk and bike in the area. Tom is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the New Milford River Trail Association (nmbikewalk.org), a 501c 3 non-profit whose mission is to support the creation of a greenway trail on the Housatonic River. He is a Director of the New Milford Trust for Historic Preservation, and serves on the Steering Committee for the Western New England Greenway. Tom graduated with a B.A. in History from S.U.N.Y College at Oswego.
  • Who are the local democratic representitives for the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Zoning Board of Assessment Appeals?
    The town of New Milford currently has the following candidates and representitives for the Zoning Board of Appeals:

    Terry Ellis*- A lifelong resident of New Milford, Terry Ellis currently serves as an officer on the Zoning Board of Appeals to which he was elected in 2011. He and his wife are middle school teachers in a nearby community. They have two sons in the New Milford school system. Terry graduated with a B.A. in Secondary English Education from UConn. He has a Masters in English Education from Sacred Heart University, and a Masters in Educational Psychology from UConn. A dedicated teacher, he has been a team leader for over a decade and has served as chair of the negotiations committee in the last two contract rounds.

    Pat Hembrook - Pat has lived in New Milford for thirty-four years. During that time she has been an active volunteer. Her involvement with the Woman’s Club of Greater New Milford extends for 31 years. She has served on many of New Milford’s Boards, and was Executive Director for the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce for 7 years. She is currently an active member of the New Milford Lion’s Club. Pat also serves on the New Milford Youth Agency Board and is a Trustee of the New Milford Historical Society. She lives in New Milford with her husband, Paul. Brian, their son, also resides in New Milford with his wife and two sons, and their daughter Jackie lives in Vermont with her husband and their two sons.

    Lacey Wallace -Lacey has lived in New Milford for thirty-five years. She works as a Data Standards Consultant in the pharmaceutical industry, and volunteers with an international consortium, CDISC, whose focus is on clinical data standards. Lacey is a board member on the Kent Arts Association, the second oldest art association in the country. She is a Nonnewauge HS graduate, and attended LIU Southampton College Environmental Science with a concentration in Biology.

    The town of New Milford currently has the following candidates and representitives for the Zoning Board of Assesment Appeals:

    John Wigent - John has lived in New Milford for fifteen years. He is a part--]time substitute teacher and private tutor specializing in Elementary Education. He has a BA from James Madison University, and a Masters in Elementary Education from SUNY New Paltz. John was a classroom teacher for twelve years in New York State teaching grades 2, 4, and 5. In addition to his education background, he is a full--]time student of massage therapy and will be graduating in December. He and his wife Jennifer have a son Jonah who attends first grade at Hill and Plain School.
  • Who is eligible to vote?
    VOTING INFORMATION

    Any U. S. citizen 18 years old or older, who is a bona fide resident is eligible to register to vote in New Milford. A bona fide resident is one whose fixed home is in the town in which they apply and to which home or town they intend to return when they are temporarily absent.

    You must not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction, except conviction for the crime of nonsupport or if you have had your civil rights restored.

    You will need to re-register to vote when:

    *You move to a new permanent residence
    *You change your name
    *You change your political party choice
    *17 year old registration If you will be 18 years old by election day you may register.

    For more information, this link will take you to the Secretary of the State's webpage on Elections and Voting.
  • How do I register to vote?
    Registering to vote is easy!

    If you have never registered before this link provides essential: First Time Voter Registration Information.

    You may register to vote in person at the Town Clerk's Office located at the Town Hall at 10 Main Street.

    Town Clerk's Office Phone: 355-6020
    Fax: 210-2096
    The Town Clerk's office is open from 8:30 a.m. thru 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

    You may also request a mail-in voter registration form, which you may complete, sign and mail back to the Registrar of Voters, Town Hall, 10 Main Street, New Milford, CT 06776.

    Voter Registration forms can also be picked up at the New Milford Public Library, Registrar of Voter's office, or any Connnecticut Department of Motor Vehicles office.

    You may also register online by clicking here!
  • How does absentee voting work?
    VOTING BY ABSENTEE BALLOT

    Absentee Ballots are available for those persons who will not be able to vote in person on election day for the following reasons:

    Absence from the town during all of the hours of voting
    Illness
    Religious tenets forbid secular activity on the day of the election
    Primary or referendum Duties as a primary, election or referendum official at a polling place other than my own during all of the hours of voting
    Physical disability

    To obtain an absentee ballot, you must send in an application for absentee ballot to the Town Clerk at:

    Town Hall
    10 Main Street New Milford, CT 06776

    You may also apply for the absentee ballot in person at the Town Clerk's office. The Town Clerk's office is open from 8:30 a.m. thru 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

    The application form is available at the town clerk's office or you can download it here.
  • Where do I go to vote?
    Where to Vote:

    Not sure where to vote on election day?

    Once your voter registration is processed, this handy online tool can look it up for you. Just enter your name, town, and date of birth: click here to find your polling place.

    Polling Place Hours: 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    For more information regarding your polling place, please call Marcel R. Grenier, Democratic Registrar of Voters or Barbara Payne, Deputy Registrar of Voters at (860) 355-6026
  • How do I work at the polls during the election process?
    Poll workers are an essential part of making sure that our democratic process functions the way it should!

    For more information regarding your polling place, please call:

    Marcel R. Grenier, Democratic Registrar of Voters
    or
    Barbara Payne, Deputy Registrar of Voters at (860) 355-6026
  • How can I get involved and help make change happen?
    Communities are made of individuals who are passionate about bringing about positive change.  Positive change comes from people who care, are compassionate, and who work to bring about betterment for all.  In short, change begins with you!

    The New Milford Democratic Town Committee offers a variety of volunteer opportunities both big and small!  Find out how you can make change happen by calling or emailing today!:

    Bob (860) 354-9954
    writeus@newmilforddemocrats.org

    Some examples of how you can make a difference include:

    *Driving candidates door-to-door
    *Distributing flyers
    *Putting up yard signs
    *Hosting a neighborhood coffee get-together
    *Making phone calls
    *Much, much more!