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Groton political parties list candidates; district changes, consolidations reshape voting

By Deborah Straszheim

Publication: The Day

Published July 27. 2013 4:00AM

Groton - Both political parties have endorsed candidates for the upcoming municipal elections, though voters may notice some changes in districts where members of the Representative Town Meeting are seeking re-election.

Last year, the Secretary of the State's office notified Groton that district lines for the 40th and 41st state representative seats had changed. As a result, the town had to redraw district boundaries for RTM seats because, under state law, a town can't have an RTM district split between two House districts.

Groton also recently opted to consolidate districts 4 and 5 to save money, leaving the town with seven voting districts instead of eight. Because of the changes, five incumbents now serving in one district on the RTM are running in another district.

Town Clerk Betsy Moukawsher said there shouldn't be too much confusion.

"No more confusion than usual," she said.

So far, no primaries have been triggered, but candidates have until Aug. 7 to file a petition to run against an endorsed candidate or to appear on the ballot.

For Groton Town Council, the Democrats endorsed: incumbent Rita Schmidt; Bob Frink, a member of the Permanent School Building Committee; Genevieve Cerf, a member of Representative Town Meeting; Richard Moravsik, a retired engineer; and Shirleyann Dunbar-Rose, chairwoman of the City Democratic Committee.

The Republicans endorsed: incumbents Heather Bond Somers, Harry A. Watson, Karen F. Morton, Bruce Flax, Dean Antipas and Deb Peruzzotti, and newcomer Matthew G. Longino, owner of Galaxy Roller Rink in Groton.

For Board of Education, Democrats endorsed former school board member Joe Schick, and Mary Kelly, an officer of the Groton Animal Foundation Inc.

For Board of Education, Republicans endorsed incumbents Kirsten Hoyt and Robert Peruzzotti; John Scott, former chairman of the Groton Phase II School Design Committee; and Andrea L. Ackerman, an alternate member of the Historic District Commission.

For Town Clerk, Democrats endorsed incumbent Betsy Moukawsher, and Republicans endorsed Nicki Bresnyan, executive assistant to the town manager.

For the RTM in District 1, Democrats endorsed incumbents Joe Baril and Roscoe Merritt, both serving in District 1, and Ivy Williams, now serving on the RTM in District 5. Democrats also endorsed Dee Harrell, a former longtime member of the RTM, and Scott Meyer, a member of the Neighborhood Revitalization Zone. Republicans endorsed incumbent Karin Adams, currently serving in District 1; incumbents Lori A. Watrous, Joan Steinford and Nancy Gilly, now serving in District 5; and John W. Parfitt, a member of the Board of Assessment Appeals.

For District 2, Democrats endorsed incumbents Jean Claude Amboise and Patrice Granatowsky; and Juliette Parker, secretary of the Groton Parent Council. Republicans endorsed incumbents Keith Hedrick and Jackie Massett; Robert Zuliani, a retired accountant; and Kevin G. Trejo, chairman of the Groton Republican Town Committee.

For District 3, Democrats endorsed incumbents Alicia Bauer, now serving in District 3; Conrad Heede, now serving in District 5; Brandon Marley, a lawyer; and Lisa Luck, a former city councilor and RTM member. Republicans endorsed incumbents Archie Swindell, Neal Gardner and Irma Streeter; and John Espada.

For District 4, Democrats endorsed incumbent Christine Conley, now serving in District 5; Eileen Lopaze; Cindy Barry, an employee of Ledge Light Health District; and Barbara Palm, a probate clerk and wife of the late probate judge Fred Palm. Republicans endorsed Jonathan Wilson and Matthew Longino.

For District 5, Democrats endorsed Richard Pasqualini, now serving in District 6; Kathy Neugent, a member of the Democratic Town Committee; Richard Waselik, a dispatcher for the City of New London; and Cecil Thompson, former RTM member. Republicans endorsed incumbents Scott W. Aument and Susan Deane-Shinbrot, both now serving in District 6; John F. Scott; and Gary Baker.

For District 6, the Democrats endorsed incumbents Jim Loughlin, Richard Semeraro and Mark Svencer, all now serving in District 7; Doug Monaghan, a lawyer; and Fred Turnbul. Republicans endorsed incumbents Luanne E. DeMatto and Bruce McDermott, both now serving in District 7; Lee D. Vincent, a member of the Community Development Advisory Committee; and Enrico A. DeMatto, chairman of the Permanent School Building Committee.

For District 7, Democrats endorsed incumbent Karen Hatcher, now serving in District 8; Bill Smith, a member of the Economic Development Commission; Gary Burfoot, a retired lawyer; and Lois Jennings, a former RTM member. Republicans endorsed incumbents Lynn Crockett Hubbard, Scott Newsome and Jack Sebastian, all now serving in District 8; and Matt Morton.

d.straszheim@theday.com

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