(Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5.)
Middlefield Democratic Town Chair Allison Dodge, introduces this year’s Democratic slate including candidates for the Board of Selectman, Board of Finance, Tax Collector, Board of Assessment Appeals, Town Treasurer, and Town Clerk.
Board of Selectmen
Lucy Petrella leads the Democratic ticket is candidate for First Selectman.
Lucy, along with her husband Frank, has been a resident of Middlefield for 24 years. She has two daughters, one of whom lives in town, as well as two grandchildren who attend local schools. Lucy is a retired teacher, served eight years on our local Planning and Zoning Board, and is currently serving as the chair of our Board of Finance. You might ask why Lucy has decided to run for first selectman. The answer: She believes that our town government could be doing more for its citizens and that the town could benefit from more proactive leadership, accountable budgeting, responsible planning, and an open door policy for all residents. When you get to know Lucy, you will learn that she puts a high priority on details — doing her homework and understanding the issues from every angle.
Dave Burgess is the Democratic candidate for second selectman. During his 23 years in Middlefield, Dave has served as a member of the Charter Revision Committee (1992), as Town Treasurer (1997-1999), a member of the Board of Finance (2001-2005), and for the last two years as a member of the Board of Selectmen. Dave has been a social worker with the State of Connecticut for 28 years. Dave is a problem solver and, I believe, you will find him to be direct, honest, and as straight-forward as they come.
Board of Finance
The two Board of Finance candidates include lifelong resident Susan Hueberger and a newer resident, Laura Williams. Sue is a registered nurse who spent 13 years working at the Rocky Hill Veterans Home and 9 years at the State Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. She now works for Hartford Healthcare. She has served on the Middlefield Conservation Commission and is committed to advocating for the residents of Middlefield and Rockfall on the Board of Finance. Though Laura only recently chose to make Middlefield her home, she has terrific energy and enthusiasm and is ready to get involved in helping our community. Laura graduated from the University of Connecticut MBA program with a major in Finance and holds a BA in Economics from Kent State University in Ohio, graduating Summa Cum Laude. In her professional career, she has over 13 years of insurance industry financial expertise and was directly responsible for financial forecasting and the business planning processes while Regional CFO at The Hartford. During the last 5 years she has worked at Hartford Steam Boiler where she is responsible for the financial management of a $2 million dollar portfolio in addition to actuarial analysis and business planning for engineering and new products. Her background and expertise will make her an excellent addition to our Board of Finance.”
Tax Collector and Board of Assessment Appeals
Running for re-election are, Tax Collector Anne Olszewski, Board of Assessment Appeals member Bob Liptak, Town Treasurer Ellen Waff, and Town Clerk Donna Golub.
Anne has lived in Middlefield for 37 years and before she became our tax collector, she was active in her husband’s business. She continues to be active in her church’s Ladies Guild. Anne has two sons and is a proud grandmother as well. Bob has lived in Middlefield for more than 40 years and has served on the Board of Assessment Appeals for eight years. He is looking forward to continuing his work on behalf of Middlefield and Rockfall residents.
“Ellen has served as Town Treasurer for the last two years and previously served as the shair of the Board of Finance as well as the Assistant Tax Collector. Donna has lived in Middlefield for 36 years and has served as our Town Clerk for 15 years. In addition to her responsibilities as Town Clerk, Donna is the Registrar of Vital Statistics and Assistant Treasurer. In her spare time, Donna is an active member of Vocal Chords. She also is a proud mother and grandmother. Donna has done an outstanding job as our Town Clerk, recently earning her certification even though in her elected position she is not required to do so. During her tenure as Town Clerk, Donna has secured thousands of dollars in grants which have allowed her to electronically index town records making them more accessible to our town residents.