Jamie Cosgrove

Jamie Cosgrove accepting nomination of the RTM Monday, July 22. Cosgrove will likely run unopposed as he runs for his 4th term. 

There was little suspense as the Branford Republicans made their selections for the November municipal election, with incumbent first selectman Jamie Cosgrove leading the ticket.

Cosgrove will run for the 4th time with his running mate, Joe Higgins, once again. Barring any petition candidates, the Board of Selectmen is essentially set, as the Democrats selected Ray Dunbar as a selectman candidate. The Democrats did not choose anyone to run against Cosgrove.

Dunbar would be the only change to the Board of Selectman, as current member Jack Ahern has chosen not to run again.

The Republicans also cross-endorsed Democratic tax collector Roberta Gill-Brooks. Democrats did not cross-endorse any candidates, as when asked if the should cross-endorse Cosgrove and Lisa Arpin, DTC chair Lynda Mollow stated they would need to do so at a later date should they choose. They did however, leave spots against Cosgrove and Arpin vacant.

The decision to let the tax collector and town clerk positions is something that has been discussed n past elections. Most feel the positions should not be political and on voting ballots, and every change comes at taxpayer expense as certifications and training is needed. Without opponents, both Gill-Brooks and Arpin will remain in their jobs.

Cosgrove has become increasing difficult to run against as the town remains a state leader in fiscal management and energy conservation efforts. With the exception some of the RTM Democrats, most of town runs in a bi-partisan manner, budget increases have been lower than comparable towns, and major projects that had stalled for years are moving forward or are near completion. 

Democrats also nominated 2 candidates for three Board of Education seats, meaning, as the list currently stands, Ellen Michaels, Michael Krause and Dawn Perrotti will win 6 year terms.

The full list of candidates:

Office

Democrat

Republican

First Selectman

None

Jamie Cosgrove

Selectman

Ray Dunbar

Joseph Higgins

Tax Collector

Roberta Gill-Brooks

Roberta Gill-Brooks

Town Clerk

None

Lisa Arpin

BD. Assessment Appeals

Joe Fasino

Jason Driscoll

Treasurer

Kurt Schwanfelder

Michael Nardella

   

RTM 1

Maggie Bruno

Frank Twohill

 

Richard Saltz

Patricia Austin

 

Michelle Sember

Lindsay Greenberg

 

Alisa Waterman

David Wells

   

RTM 2

DeeDee Hakun

James Walker

 

Rebekah DeAngelo

Chris Hines

   

RTM 3

Peter Jackson

Peter Black

 

Linda Erlanger

Rhoda Phillips

   

RTM 4

Dan Adelman

Patricia Anderson

 

Cindy Lombardi

Sean Kelly

 

Shahida Soomro

James Stepanek

  

Kelly Ricciardi

RTM 5

Tracy Everson

Don Conklin

 

Cathy Traugh

Carolyn Sires

 

Laura Noe

Ray Ingraham

  

Dennis Flanigan

RTM 6

Chris Sullivan

Marc Riccio

 

Nancy McCormack

Anthony Alfone

 

Vijay Adhikari

Ed Prete

   

RTM 7

Tom Brockett

Kevin Healy

 

Donna Laich

Steve Sullivan

   

BOE 4 Year Term

Meridith Gaffney

Ray Ingraham

BOE 6 Year Term

Ellen Michaels

Michael Krause

  

Dawn Perrotti

   

Constable

Fran Walsh

Robert Zettergen

 

John O’Connor

Dennis Nardella

 

Ron Washington

Susan Barnes

 

Chuck Tiernan

Kyle Nelson

(7) comments

Guest

VERY SIMPLE DEMOCRAT = TAX INCREASES REPUBLICAN = NO TAX INCREASES

Guest

News alert my real estate and car tax in Branford both went up this year!!!!! Very simple with a Republican in office.

Guest

Are you really that ignorant of the factors that raise those taxes?

gobballfan

Just because other town's taxes go up more than Branford, doesn't mean Branford is doing a good job. Perhaps we are just doing less of a bad job. As stated by an earlier commenter, my property and car tax goes up every year. You want to see a fiscally responsible town, look at Shelton. Their mill rate has been virtually the same for 11 years, And our BOE budget continues to increase despite the fact that enrollment numbers drop and more people are choosing to pay for their kids to attend private schools than ever before. It seems like as long as Hernandez just submits a 2% increase every year, it's going to fly through approvals with no real push back from any one in town hall or the RTM. While Jamie seems to be doing a good job, there are issues. More for sale signs than I recall seeing for a while, and store front vacancies are increasing. Where is Costco, what's going on with the rock pit by the armory? It's great that we have a million parks and playscapes and walkways in town, but without a better tax base, they will be empty in the future.

Guest

gobballfan: You forgot to mention the salary of Superintendent Hernandez as something that keeps increasing, which everything else related to this Board runs amok

Guest

The increasing number of "for sale" signs in Town seem to me to be more a factor of problems in CT at the state level. It's really too bad Stefanowski did not win the Governor's race, then we might have had a chance. It's not just ridiculous levels of taxation, it is also overly-burdensome regulation and non-responsive legislators who spend their time on feel-good legislation like more gun laws and gender rights issues while totally ignoring the fiscal challenges we face. I heard a rumor that either the Governor or some legislative committee was considering an additional tax on the sale of a home if the homeowner was then going to move out of state. That is a sign of really serious trouble!!

Guest

Detroit does that to keep people in like the prisons in their own town

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