First Selectman Jon Brayshaw is seeking his fifth term as chief executive of Middlefield, leading an experienced and results-oriented slate of candidates into the fall campaign. The Middlefield Republican Town Committee has voted unanimously to endorse Brayshaw and the entire municipal ticket.
“We have kept Middlefield’s’ character intact while maintaining our quality of life,” Brayshaw said. “At a time of growing government at the state and federal levels, we need to keep our local government effective and responsive.”
Brayshaw and his team aim to build on the success of important town issues, such as the immensely popular sale and restoration of the Powder Ridge Ski area, which is slated to open this winter. The reinvigorated facility brings critical jobs and tax revenue back to the town.
Brayshaw was born in Middlefield and is a longtime resident. He is a retired engineer and architect, who has served on the Board of Selectmen for 10 years, eight of which as first selectman. Jon is a past member of the Inland Wetlands Commission, is devoted to public service and has donated his time on many occasions to work on special ad-hoc groups. He was part of the group that renovated the old Center School into our current community center and more recently was part of the committee that helped to establish tax relief to our seniors. He and his wife, Gwen have four adult children and 11 grandchildren.
Brayshaw will be joined by Edward Bailey, of Rockfall, who is running for reelection as an unaffiliated voter. He will be seeking his third two-year term on the Board of Selectmen.
Bailey also serves as chairman of Middlefield’s’ Water Pollution Control Authority. He is a member of the Lake Beseck Environmental Committee and the Lake Beseck Ad Hoc Advisory Committee that is leading the planning efforts for water and environmental improvements to Lake Beseck. He is a marine engineer, businessman and a retired Commissioned Officer of the U.S. Navy Reserve. Bailey is also a board member of a non-profit environmental organization that assists small public water and waste water systems.
Republicans are offering dynamic and experienced candidates for the critically important Board of Finance that monitors the fiscal health of the town.
Robert Yamartino is seeking another term on the board. He has been a resident of Middlefield for many years and lives on Whisper Wind with his wife and family. He is a licensed Chemical Engineer who went on to study finance and is currently employed as a Vice President with Webster Bank. His financial background is a great asset for the Town.
David Lowry has been an active Middlefield resident for the past 22 years. A graduate of Xavier High School, he is a 25 year employee of Hartford Distributors, a member of the Teamsters, and part of his company’s Safety Commission. Currently a member of the Board of Finance, he chaired the Powder Ridge Ad Hoc Committee, served as Chairman of Middlefields’ Conservation Commission, two terms on the Board of Selectmen, and is an alternate on Park and Recreation. A member of the Lions Club, he also serves as State Chairman of Ducks Unlimited, the worlds largest wetlands conservation organization.
Joel Nick has served on the Middlefield Historical Society. He has taught Economics, possesses Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Connecticut, a certificate from St. Joseph College and a 6th Year Degree in Administration also from UConn. Joel has served as a consultant to the State of Connecticut’s Department of Education. He and his wife Cindy have two children and are members of the Middlefield Federated Church.
Mary Ann Zieminski has built a career in the financial services industry. Now retired from Aetna, she has held multiple corporate positions as a database analyst in support of information systems - both in managed care and Medicare. Currently a licensed property/casualty insurance agent, Zieminski works for the Zavaski Agency (Nationwide Insurance) in Durham. She provides policy maintenance for personal lines and commercial lines of insurance, which often involve millions of dollars in coverage. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Connecticut and a certificate from CPI in computer programming/systems analysis. A graduate of the University of Connecticut Paralegal Litigation Certificate program, Zieminski completed an internship at the Middlesex Superior Court Law Library. She has been a resident of Rockfall for the past 24 years and a long-time member of the Middlesex Hospital Vocal Chords.
Kathleen Kokoszka is a life-long native in town, a graduate of Mercy High School, and received her A.S. from Becker Junior College in Marketing and Advertising. While studying for her B.A. she worked as a department manager and Records Technician for Hartford Hospital and later as a clerk for their Credit Union. Since graduating from Paier College of Art, earning honors, she has been a practicing graphic artist and department manager for several publishing companies and is a founding member of Life Publications in West Hartford. Versed in computer skills and learning website maintenance, Kokoszka is also in her second term as a board member of the Water Pollution Control Authority. She was a citizen’s advocate for the town during negotiations with the Department of Transportation from 1996 to 2002
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Nancy Currlin is a long time resident of Middlefield. She is past president of the Central Connecticut Board of Realtors and has been honored as “Realtor of the Year.” She has a business degree from Central Connecticut State University. Currlin has served on the Board of Assessment Appeals for the last eight years and feels a responsibility to give back to the community through continued public service. Currlin and her husband Bill have been married over 34 years and have one daughter.