BDTC: Choose decency, prosperity

The Berlin Democrats are pleased to support our first-ever, bi-partisan slate, led by Sam Lomaglio for mayor. We want to move beyond the partisan bickering and usual politicking. We pledge to work together for the citizens, keep taxes low, and bring decency back to Town Hall. 

Lomaglio has a vision that includes economic development which will bring tangible tax relief, while supporting small businesses. And he’s already working hard — hosting Q&As, going door-to-door, and listening to residents. He wants to make a difference, for everyone in town.

Also on our bi-partisan slate is Stuart Topliff, Rocky Hill’s Tax Assessor. Topliff is running for Board of Assessment Appeals. Previously, he held this office as a Republican. He understands that working for residents isn’t about party or politics, but practicality and objectivity.

We’re also pleased to endorse Police Commission candidates Melissa Urrunaga and Peter Zarabozo, who will bring fresh ideas and integrity to the board. The process to hire a police chief was fraught with missteps. Our issue is not necessarily with the pick for chief, but rather how the process unfolded – without proper notice or vetting.

With crime on the rise, Urrunaga and Zarabozo will work to fund more overtime. Also, officers need adequate tools to do their jobs and keep themselves –and us – safe. So Urrunaga and Zarabozo will ensure they have road-ready patrol vehicles and quality equipment.

Our talented slate also includes Town Council candidates Jack Fazzino, Peter Rosso and Mike Urrunaga, and Board of Finance candidate Gerald “Gerry” Paradis. They will launch initiatives to improve Farmington Avenue, Berlin Turnpike, and the Golden Triangle, and push for more fun, local activities for all.

If we continue with the status quo, education could be on the chopping block; students lose more and more with every budget cut. But Berlin has a choice: We can choose decency and prosperity. We can choose to move Berlin forward.

Kristin Campanelli is Berlin Democratic Town Committee chair. 

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