Democrats Send New Lineup Against Republican Minority

The faces of the Democratic candidates for town council are all new, but the party is still likely to remain in the majority after Election Day.

The entirely new slate of Democrats came about as the result of a September primary in which they handily defeated the endorsed slate of incumbents.

The slate, which calls itself A New Generation of Democratic Leaders for Town Council includes:

Suzette Brown, an ordained minister, chaplain of the Bloomfield Police Department and chairwoman of the Bloomfield Community Awareness Task Force.

George Kevin Gough, a retired actuary and financial analyst, and member of the Bloomfield Conservation, Energy and Environment Committee and the Wintonbury Land Trust and Historical Society.

Rickford Kirton, a senior accountant, Matacomet School PTO president, Cub Scout master and member of the Wintonbury Land Trust.

David Mann, former deputy director of planning and redevelopment for the city of Hartford, member of Bloomfield Wetlands Commission and the Bloomfield Conservation, Energy and Environment Committee, and volunteer at the 4-H Educational Center at Auer Farm.

Jennifer Marshall-Nealy, an alternate member on the Bloomfield Ethics Commission and former administrator for the Big Picture High School.

Kenneth McClary, member of the human services building committee, staffer to former state Sen. Eric Coleman and member of the Greater Hartford NAACP.

Town committee Chairman Donald Harris said the Democratic candidates have already demonstrated their work ethic during the primary campaign as they knocked on doors, made phone calls and engaged voters to talk about local issues.

“They will continue and likely raise the standard of service to, and love of the town of Bloomfield,” Harris said.

They will be opposed by a slate of four Republicans:

Incumbent Joseph Merritt, the longest serving member of the council in town history. Merritt is minority party leader and co-founder of Bloomfield EMS and the Wintonbury Hills Golf Course.

Incumbent Patrick DeLorenzo, who is seeking his third term. DeLorenzo is treasurer of the Bloomfield Republican Town Committee and past member of the board of assessment appeals and the ethics committee.

Robert Ike, chairman of the Republican town committee who is serving on the Bloomfield Board of Education. Ike formerly served on the housing authority, library board and town council.

Elizabeth Waterhouse, who has volunteered as an assistant registrar in local elections and at her daughter’s school. Waterhouse is also a candidate for the library board.

Marie MacDonald, vice chairwoman of the Republican town committee, said the party’s slate “will provide experience and expertise to complement the new-to-town government folks running on opposing slates.”

MacDonald said the candidates would continue to work to control taxes and spending, address blight and support the town’s libraries.

Kevin Connelly is also running as a petitioning candidate.

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