Bailey, Yamartino top Middlefield GOP slate

Continuing his years of solid experience in managing the town government, First Selectman Ed Bailey announced that he will seek re-election to Middlefield’s top office running, once again, with Selectman Bob Yamartino.

This team has proved to be fiscally responsible, knowledgeable and trustworthy as they have reduced property tax rates and safely guided the town through a worldwide pandemic.

The Middlefield Republican Town Committee has endorsed Bailey and Yamartino, both unaffiliated voters. In addition, the RTC has nominated Janine Skelps for Town Clerk; Melissa Kowal, David Lowry and Kevin Boyle for the Board of Finance; and Nancy Currlin for Board of Assessment Appeals.

Through combined decades of public service, both Bailey and Yamartino are keen fiscal conservatives who will continue their commitment to Middlefield’s strong fiscal health. They are equally committed to working with the Region 13 Board of Education to ensure tax dollars are spent in a prudent fashion.

As a full-time First Selectman, Bailey has worked to provide affordable, high-quality essential services to residents. He has supported existing and new local businesses and the jobs they provide. He has also pledged to preserve and protect town resources, including the water quality at Lake Beseck and the health of our wetlands and watercourses.

First Selectman Bailey promotes an open door policy for all residents. His commitment to the town includes membership on the Middlefield Water Pollution Control Authority and the Lake Beseck Environment Committee.

Bailey is a 35-year resident of Rockfall and is active in representing his neighborhood, serving as president of his community homeowners association.

Bob Yamartino has made his home in Middlefield for 32 years with his wife and three children. A selectman for four years, he previously served eight years on the Board of Finance, including six as chair, and is a current member of the Board of Education.

Selectman Yamartino is vice president of Enterprise Analytics for Webster Bank. He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance. He is an avid outdoorsman, as well.

Town Clerk candidate Janine Skelps is a dedicated community volunteer who seeks to take customer service at Town Hall to a new level. With decades of experience in the business sector, she is ready to be a Town Clerk for the people.

Skelps is a nationally-certified and lead Pharmacy Technician at CVS, and has been progressive in her job training, becoming certified to administer vaccines in-store.

In town, and along with her husband, Mike, Skelps has been an active member of the Lions Club, serving most recently as Treasurer. She is a dedicated member of Friends of Wadsworth Falls, as well.

Melissa Kowal has served on the Board of Finance for four years and is seeking re-election. Working with fellow board members in a bi-partisan fashion, Kowal has helped keep spending low while reducing property tax rates.

Dedicated to the Middlefield community, Kowal is a former member of the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission, the Middlefield Housing Authority and the Economic Development Commission. Also, she has been an active member of the Lions Club.

Kowal serves as a Territorial Sales Manager for Linemaster Switch Corporation, a manufacturing company that supplies industrial and medical customers globally.

Also, Kowal and her husband, Bob, are proud third-generation owners of her family’s farm.

David Lowry has been a Board of Finance member for a decade, earning a reputation as a watchdog for spending. A former selectman, he has consistently made the fiscal needs of Middlefield residents his priority.

An active member of the Lions Club and Ducks Unlimited, Lowry is a committed volunteer in town. He is a union member, employed by HDI in Manchester.

Lowry and his wife, Kathy, are proud parents of four children.

Kevin Boyle is making his first run for the Board of Finance, but he is no stranger to the people of Middlefield. He has a recognized commitment to land issues in town, having served a dozen years on the Planning and Zoning Commission, six on the Zoning Board of Appeals and two on the Water Pollution Control Authority.

Boyle holds a B.S. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is a Field Operations Manager for CE Floyd. He and wife, Nancy, have three children and have lived in town for more than 22 years.

Nancy Currlin is running for re-election on the Board of Assessment Appeals. She has been a Middlefield resident for more than 40 years and has spent the past four decades in the real estate business, now working beside her daughter, Jenna, a Region 13 graduate.

Currlin and her husband, Bill, are very familiar faces in town, volunteering in countless activities.

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