(Bob Poliner is the Durham Republican Town Committee chairman.)
The slate of candidates the Republican Party endorsed at its caucus is one of the best and most diverse slates the party has ever chosen. It combines years of experience with veterans like Loraine Coe, Chairman of the Board of Finance and Lisa Davenport, David Slight and Chris DiPentima all capable and seasoned members of our land use commissions and new faces like Alana Adams seeking a seat on the Planning and Zoning Commission, Deb DeFelice running for Board of Assessment Appeals and Eric Francis running for an alternate position on the Zoning Board of Appeals.
All of our candidates will have the best interest of Durham citizens uppermost in their thoughts. I know they are looking forward to this campaign and to meeting and greeting all of Durham’s voters.
Board of Finance: Loraine Coe and Laurie Tuttle
Loraine is the Chairman of the Board of Finance. She recently became Chairman when Fran Korn resigned from the Board. She has devoted many years to serving Durham citizens on the Board.
Laurie was appointed to take Fran Korn’s place on the Board. She has a background in accounting and taxation at Cigna and is already making valuable contributions to the Board.
Planning and Zoning Commission: Lisa Davenport, Alana Adams, Bonnie Ryder and Peter Cascini
Lisa has completed one term on the board and as a local businesswoman has brought a fresh approach to reviewing applications and creating regulations especially her efforts to provide Durham with more clean, commercial activities and business property to add to the Grand List.
Bonnie is currently serving as an alternate and seeks to become a regular member. She understands how the commission works and as an alternate has been called on to participate and vote on many issues.
Alana is a well known local businesswoman. Like Lisa she is seeking to make Durham more business friendly while protecting our rural character. She is an advocate for Durham’s many agricultural businesses and for a clean environment.
Peter has been a member of the Economic Development Commission. As a volunteer in many organizations he seeks to make the commission more open and easier to navigate for the average citizen.
Lisa, Alana, Bonnie and Peter will all make excellent members and protect Durham’s agricultural heritage and rural character as the Planning and Zoning Commission prepares to revise the Durham Plan of Development and Conservation.
Zoning Board of Appeals: David Slight, Chris DiPentima and Eric Francis
David Slight runs a family business and has been helpful and fair to those who come to seek a variance or exception to the Planning or Zoning regulations.
Chris is an owner and President of a very successful manufacturing business located in Middletown. He understands that businesses have to know what the rules are and that they will be applied fairly. Both David and Chris have encouraged companies in Durham to expand here thus adding needed dollars to our Grand List.
Eric is a first time candidate for the alternate position on the Zoning Board of Appeals. His job involves construction of specially designed homes for seniors as well as energy saving and environmentally conscious buildings. Eric will make an excellent addition to the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Board of Assessment Appeals: Debra DeFelice
Debra has a background in finance, accounting and real estate. The Board of Assessment Appeals is where Durham property owners go to seek a review of the assessment of their home or car or business property if they believe the assessor’s office has erred in setting the assessment. Deb has the required skills and the temperament and judgment necessary to fairly and consistently deal with the issues of aggrieved property owners.