Farmington Republicans Discuss Finances, Other Issues Ahead Of Primary

While the Republican candidates for town council seeking a spot on the November ballot disagree on many fronts, they all agree that maintaining fiscal responsibility is key to the town's continued success.

In response to a questionnaire from The Courant, the eight candidates running in next Tuesday's primary all listed responsible budgeting and other financial issues among their top three concerns for the town, particularly in light of the state's budget crisis.

On Sept. 12, voters will choose between eight candidates to represent the party on the November ballot.

In the 1st district, the candidates endorsed by the Republican Town Committee are current council member Peter Mastrobattista and former council member and state representative, and current building committee Chairman William Wadsworth. Current council member Jon Landry and building committee member Justin Bernier are backed by the political action group Responsible Farmington.

Current council members Meredith Trimble and Gary Palumbo, endorsed by the Republican Town Committee, will go up against Responsible Farmington's challengers, former council member Jeff Apuzzo and businessman Paul Cianci, for the 2nd district spots.

Mastrobattista, Palumbo, Trimble and Wadsworth discussed the importance of investing in schools, promoting town services and preserving quality of life, in addition to the importance of maintaining Farmington's fiscal success.

Apuzzo, Bernier, Cianci and Landry touted the creation of a standing building commission to handle the town's infrastructure issues, and addressing the building issues at Farmington High School. Bernier and Landry publicly opposed the proposed $135 million in renovations that was defeated at referendum in June.

Several candidates on both sides also advocated for continued and increased transparency of local government.

Voting will take place between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Polling places are: District 1, precincts 1 through 4, Irving Robbins Middle School, 20 Wolf Pit Road; District 1, precinct 5, West Woods Upper Elementary School, 50 Judson Lane; District 2, precinct 6, Community/Senior Center, 321 New Britain Ave., Unionville; District 2, precinct 7, Municipal Campus (High School, Library or Town Hall), Monteith Drive.

To view the candidates full answers to The Courant's questions, go to www.courant.com/community/farmington.

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