The JI has coverage (paid access) of Wednesday’s candidate forum in its October 24 edition.
The same edition also publishes a letter to the editor from BDTC member Jason Norris.
Board of Education candidate Katherine Galle’s letter to editor was published in the October 23 edition.
More coverage (paid access) of the Bolton election from the JI on October 28, this time focusing on the rematch between Bolton’s current head selectman and Democratic candidate Sandra Pierog.
BDTC member Richard Tuthill’s letter to the editor was published on October 29.
JI coverage (paid access) of the candidate forum held on October 30.
The Bolton Democratic team faced off against our Republican colleagues during a cordial candidate forum this afternoon at the Bolton Senior Center. Candidates for the three major boards (selectmen, finance, education) introduced themselves, described their qualifications, and talked about what they hoped to achieve if elected.
Our thanks to the many Bolton seniors who attended and asked questions.
Although both parties agree on some things (the need to preserve our rural character, keep taxes down, and find new sources of revenue), we presented quite different visions for how to move forward.
The Republicans urged more of the same: the same leadership that’s been in place for, in some cases, decades; pursuit of the same policies—policies that over many years of Republican control of all three major boards have not resulted in significant (or even any) progress on important issues such as senior housing or the expansion of our tax base by bringing new businesses to Bolton.
As Board of Selectmen candidate Gwen Marrion aptly stated,
“The more things stay the same in Bolton, the more they need to change!”
The Democratic team, led by First Selectman candidate Sandra Pierog, talked about the need for new leadership and the sorts of changes we would implement. For example:
- a town newsletter to keep citizens better informed about issues facing the town and how the various town boards and committees are addressing the needs and concerns of citizens.
- a commission, modeled on the Heritage Farm Commission, to explore and bring to fruition a plan for developing affordable senior housing in Bolton.
- development of a long-term plan to address the more than $5 million in needed improvements to our existing infrastructure—improvements that have been continually deferred or ignored by the Republican-led boards of finance and selectmen.
- modernization of our 100-year-old Town Hall so that it’s not only more accessible to citizens but more responsive to their needs.
The Democratic candidates for board of education, board of finance, and board of selectmen will participate in a question-and-answer forum at the Bolton Senior Center on October 23 at 1 pm. The Senior Center is located in the Notch Road Municipal Center.
The following Wednesday, October 30, the Bolton Democratic Town Committee will host a candidate forum at the Bolton High School library at 7 p.m. Candidates will introduce themselves, make brief statements, and take questions from the audience. We have invited the Republican candidates to participate.
Elect the Bolton Democratic Team!
Vote Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Bolton’s 2013 Democratic team understands how our town works and has a proven track record of getting things done. We bring together years of experience and leadership to our community through our involvement in Town Boards and organizations. As a team, we will deliver effective leadership to move Bolton forward. Read our candidate biographies here or on our Facebook page.
As long-time residents we are committed to a balance of rural character and appropriate, well-designed development. We will actively pursue state and federal grants and cost-saving programs to benefit the Town. It’s time for progressive planning with community input.
Our team is committed to careful, thoughtful spending that reflects community values. Residential property taxes should be just one approach to funding services in Bolton. We shouldn’t have to choose between property taxes and cutting important programs. We will pursue opportunities for shared services and alternative funding.
On Friday, October 18, the Journal Inquirer ran an article (paid content) about a series of candidate debates proposed by the Bolton Community Education Foundation but ultimately rejected by the Republicans. According to the article, the Republicans felt there should be only one debate, and they
rejected foundation president Sandra Hastings as the proposed moderator because of a perceived link with the schools, and asked for a Republican “co-moderator.”
The BDTC is troubled by the implication that association with the Bolton school system is somehow a black mark. Bolton Democrats are proud of our education system and support the efforts of any organization that works to benefit our students and teachers.