Letters to the Editor

Honest, insightful


It is my pleasure to strongly recommend Janet Morganti for a position on the Planning and Zoning Commission in Durham. We met three years ago when I opened my business, A Touch of Country, in Durham. Janet was extremely helpful in guiding me through that process. As a previous business owner and member of the Durham Economic Development Commission, I believe she will be dedicated to enhancing the community. Janet is friendly, honest, dependable and insightful, which will make her a great asset to P&Z.

Jessie Christopher

Wonderful candidates


The municipal election is Nov. 2. Durham residents, please support these wonderful candidates on the top line of your ballot: Nolan and Buckheit for Finance; Balay, Mattison, Eddinger and Morganti for P&Z; Denunzio for P&Z Alternate; Liss for Zoning Board of Appeals; and, for the first time requiring a municipal election, Geraci, Moore, Taylor and Hicks for Board of Education. Experience, integrity, and service still count and still matter. Vote for no more than the maximum number of candidates allowed for each office, but vote!

Martin W. Anderson

Strong economy,strong community


Janet Morganti has been a Durham resident for 37 years. She is a great candidate for the Planning and Zoning Commission, as she has over eight years experience as a local business owner and seven with the town’s Economic Development Commission.

Janet loves Durham. She believes that a strong economy makes for a strong community, and her participation on P&Z will facilitate this. She is dedicated and passionate about helping Durham’s businesses flourish. By using her talents and experience in business and local government, Janet will be a great asset to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Carolyn and Steve Rinaldi

A real helper


Janine Skelps is the very definition of “helper.” She and I have worked together through the Middlefield Lions Club. Janine has also been a tremendous help while obtaining my prescriptions and vaccines at our local pharmacy.

Janine is truly dedicated to helping others. As Town Clerk, I know she will put the needs of taxpayers first. She will do this by keeping her office open during evening hours, one night per week, for folks who are working during the day. Janine will also issue fishing and hunting licenses in-person as well as online, which will be much easier for those who prefer service with a smile!

Roberta “Birdie” Curtis

The right choice


Jim Martinelli is a man with character. He presently serves on Durham’s Senior Board and works tirelessly on behalf of our senior population. He also is an Alternate on the Inland Wetlands Commission.

Jim has decided to run for a position on Durham’s Board of Finance. His investment consulting practice provides him the background and skills necessary to be the ideal candidate.

If elected, his goal will be: “Keep the Town of Durham Moving Forward as a Great Community.”  Your vote for Jim would be the right choice for Durham.

Henry Coe

Vote Democrat


On Nov. 2, the choice is clear. Vote Democrat.

The Democratic candidates running for office in Durham offer experience, integrity, and a longstanding commitment to public service. The Democratic Board of Education incumbents have protected our students, faculty and staff, and kept our schools open and our costs low, even in a pandemic. Let’s re-elect them!

The Democratic candidates for Board of Finance, Planning and Zoning, and Zoning Board of Appeals, likewise, offer expertise, years of service, and humble, sustained commitment to our town.

On Nov. 2, vote for Durham. Vote Democrat.

Kristina Talbert-Slagle

Dedicated public servants


Serving on one of our town’s boards is both an honor and a privilege. It also can be a difficult and time-consuming task. To keep Durham moving forward, we need board members willing to sacrifice their time and make the kind of rational, intelligent decisions we can all embrace.

This year’s Democratic slate offers candidates who meet those criteria. The Democrats running for Board of Education, Board of Finance, Planning and Zoning, and ZBA are dedicated public servants. They are not running for personal gain. They hope to share their knowledge and passion to make Durham a better place.

Tom Hennick



Support Dahlheimer for BOE

I respectfully urge your support for Lindsay Dahlheimer for Board of Education.  She will bring a combination of keen analytical skills and heart to the position.  Lindsay has a unique ability to see all sides of an issue yet have the courage to make decisions based on what is right for our community.  She is an active parent of two boys with her husband Mike and would be a valuable addition to the BOE.

Laura Francis, 10 Johns Way, Durham, 860 463-2406

Candidate’s Statement

Greetings fellow Durham Voters.

My name is Norm Hicks and I am running for the 11th time as a candidate for the RSD 13 Board of Education from Durham.

It has been an honor to serve the citizens and children of Durham for nearly 26 years. I have worked closely with four superintendents and six board chairs along with many dedicated and caring people from Durham and Middlefield who have worked together to create a top-notch education system for our children at a cost-effective rate for our taxpayers.

I am a lifelong resident of the Town of Durham where I was raised with strong values. Graduating from Durham High School in 1967. I continued my education at MxCC transferring to ECSC graduating in 1971 with a B.S. in education. With Connecticut certification in hand, I was hired in East Hampton as a fourth-grade teacher. I left that position to teach science and math in Guilford where I spent the next 37 years. During that time, I earned an M.S. in  biology from CCSC and ultimately earning an Institute for Science Instruction and Study fellowship that resulted in a sixth-year professional diploma from SCSU as a secondary science specialist. My family resides in Durham where my three grandchildren attend Memorial and Strong schools.

Education has been in my blood for over four decades. In addition to serving on the BOE, I am the representative to the ACES Board of Governors since 2011 and am in my eighth year as chairman that operates nine schools with an annual budget of over $125,000,000.

It is my desire to continue the good work that this board of education has accomplished during my tenure. I am fully committed to fiscal control, engagement, student achievement, well-being and safety. In addition, I will continue to work diligently to provide our children with a quality education that will create the citizens for decades to come.

I believe the time is right to vote for experience. I ask for your support on November 2.

Norm Hicks, Candidate for Board of Education from Durham

Candidate’s Statement

Jason Stone

I am Durham native having graduated from CRHS in 2005. My wife Alycia and I have a young son who will be entering RSD-13 schools soon and are committed to Durham for the long haul. I have been an active member of the Fire Department since graduation, serving as an advisor for the explorer program since 2009 and was the lead advisor between 2012-2014 until I deployed to Afghanistan.

I have served two tours overseas with the Army, in Iraq and Afghanistan. I worked with the Iraq Police doing toy and school supply drives for local schools and villages. I worked with the Afghanistan Army training them and working in the prisons. Throughout my tours I found ways to donate my time, earning the Military Outstand Volunteer Achievement Award for volunteering over 100 hours making "fuel doughnuts" for Afghan villagers.

Back home, I chair a chapter of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, an organization of Vets helping Vets, including events and fundraisers to help Veterans in need.

I feel with the financial uncertainty facing the nation, and with the declining enrollment in the district, the District needs to be more fiscally responsible, and transparent, and look forward to supporting those efforts when elected to the Board of Education.

Candidate’s Statement

My wife Terra and I have lived in Durham with our three sons since 2014. I grew up in Hamden, the son of an Italian immigrant who taught me hard work and dedication are essential for success. I attended the University of New Haven and the Conn. Police Academy, joining the Meriden Police Department in 1999. I am currently Captain of the Patrol Division, and also have managed and trained School Resource Officers. I authored and implemented the Meriden School District's Critical Incident Management protocols. I have been an instructor at the Conn. Police Academy and an adjunct instructor at POST University.


I have been involved locally with the Coginchaug Little League Board and  a member of the Benchwarmers. My family are parishioners of the Church of the Resurrection and I am an active member of the Knights of Columbus (Council 5).

I believes the future of our town depends on the ability of our district to bring excellence with equity to all students. I believe this means listening to and incorporating the input of teachers, families and community members when designing district policies. Most importantly, to me it means holding district leadership accountable when test scores flat line, enrollment fails to meet projections, and our schools allow political and personal agendas to make their way into the classroom.

I am running because I believe we need to listen to the needs and concerns of our citizens. As an advocate for creating a safe and productive environment in the school system I have served, I know the power of listening to students, the community, parents, teachers, and the importance of all parties having a seat at the table.

John Mennone

Experienced and Qualified


Durham is fortunate this year to have Eileen Buckheit running for the Board of Finance. Her roots in our community run deep, as she has served on the Board of Education, the Durham Women’s Club, and the Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation. 

Eileen has worked in various levels of municipal government since 1996, and is currently the Economic Development Director for the Town of East Hartford. She will offer a pragmatic, sophisticated voice to the management of Durham’s fiscal health. Her budget experience, balanced with a broader concern for the long-term health of Durham, makes Eileen an ideal candidate.

Kary Strickland

Morganti Cares


As a 35-year taxpayer in the town of Durham; I was very pleased to learn that Janet Morganti is running for P&Z. Janet is fair, thoughtful, informed about our town and most importantly thinks for herself.

Please join me in supporting Janet Morganti for P & Z.

Ernie Judson 

860-349-9390 – Ext 113

860-604-0943 – cell


I was pleasantly surprised this July to see my Middlefield taxes go down once again!

With our Federal and State Governments spending money as if they can just print it, costs are rising for everything from gas to eggs. This is National and State fiscal suicide!

Please join my wife and I in voting for Ed Bailey and the entire slate of Republicans to continue guiding our town. They have been doing a steady job of keeping Middlefield on firm financial ground. Let’s not risk our financial future on a party that has lost its way.

David & Ashley Glueck, Rockfall


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