Candidates for the Mansfield Town Council
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Mansfield - posted Tue., Oct. 15, 2013
Meet the candidates for Mansfield Town Council:
Peter was raised in Mansfield and graduated from E.O. Smith before earning degrees from Yale and Harvard Law. He practiced law for 16 years and currently is a faculty member at UConn Law School. Peter returned to Mansfield in 1996 with his family and has two children. He served on the Planning and Zoning Commission for over 10 years and is running for his third term on the Town Council.
Alex and his family have lived in Mansfield for more than 36 years. He is a graduate of E.O. Smith and has a degree in public policy with a master’s in urban affairs. Alex currently serves on the Planning and Zoning Commission, is a member of the Mansfield Transportation Advisory Committee and a volunteer Little League coach. He is seeking his first term on the Town Council.
Toni currently serves as deputy mayor and is running for her third term on the Town Council. She has previously served on the Mansfield Board of Education. After earning a degree from UConn Law School, Toni taught politics and law at CCSU for 20 years. She currently also serves as the chair of the Connecticut Permanent Commission on the Status of Women.
Betsy has been Mansfield’s mayor for 14 years. She serves on the Board of the Mansfield Downtown Partnership and chairs the Festival on the Green Committee. She is an active member of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and served two terms as its president. She also serves as chair of the Eastern Highland Health District and is on the board of the Windham Hospital Foundation.
Bill chairs the town’s Finance Committee and is running for his third term on the Council. He previously served on the Region 19 Board of Education, the town Economic Development Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals. A resident since 1973, Bill volunteered for 15 years as a coach for both baseball and soccer. He and his wife, Bonnie, raised two children in Mansfield.
Paul joined the Council in 2011 and is running for his second full term. For 29 years, he was an assistant attorney general for the state of Connecticut. Paul was president of Temple Bnai Israel and on the Mt. Hope Montessori board. He is a member of the boards of Juniper Hill Village and Glen Ridge. He has been a classroom volunteer at Vinton School and lives in Storrs with his wife, Annette, and son, Sam, a senior at E.O. Smith High School.
David moved to Mansfield in 1968. He is a graduate of E.O. Smith High Scool and UConn. David taught electronics at community colleges, and is a retired electrical engineer in the private sector. David has been active in town matters since 2008. He joined the Town Council in 2012, and is a member of the Finance Committee.
Brian is a UConn graduate in horticulture and a Mansfield business person since 1992. He met his wife, Tamra DeBoer, while at UConn in 1982 and has raised a family in town and is committed to change. As a councilperson, Brian would like to see the residents of the town of Mansfield have a voice in decision-making once again.
Ric is a retired nuclear engineer, a graduate of Western New England College's School of Engineering, and has lived in Mansfield for the last 18 years. He is the father of two E.O. Smith grads as well as two older children in Florida, and a grandfather to six. He has actively participated in Town Council business for years. Ric recorded town council meetings for two years, prompting the broadcast of meetings. He organized the recent referendum petition, resulting in more people voting on the budget. Ric has been a vocal critic of the constant tax increases foisted on the taxpayers of Mansfield, and a vocal supporter of environmental issues, smart growth, and voter participation.
Steve has lived in Mansfield for more than 25 years. He is a retired executive of a not-for-profit health care company. Steve owns a small business in Mansfield. He is a 10-year Boy Scout volunteer for Mansfield, and currently serves on the Mansfield Commission on Aging.
Virginia has made the Storrs section of Mansfield her home for the past 28 years. Virginia previously served on Mansfield’s Town Council for two terms in the late 1990s. If elected to the Town Council again she will bring to the office over 35 years of business and management experience. She has worked for the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority for 21 years as a senior operations analyst and currently in her position as operations manager for this statewide waste-to-energy and recycling organization. Virginia believes that Mansfield faces unique challenges as the University of Connecticut embarks upon its accelerated program of growth and expansion. “Clearly all townspeople wish UConn great success with its efforts to become an even greater institution of higher learning and research,” said Virginia, “However, it will be extremely challenging for all of Mansfield’s governing boards and commissions to provide, manage and maintain the infrastructure needed to support such growth while at the same time preserving the quality of life and rural character of the community we love.”
Betty is a Connecticut native and a Storrs resident since the 1960s. She is the mother of one child born and raised in Storrs and educated at E.O. Smith; a lover of wildlife, nature and the rural lifestyle; a supporter of many and various environmental organizations; and a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a bachelor's and a master's degree in mathematics. Betty taught as an instructor in mathematics at Uconn and UMass; owned and managed a small business in Storrs; attended almost all town council meetings since 2007; and organized and executed the first petition to bring the budget to a referendum vote. Betty is currently retired and ready to serve you on Mansfield’s Town Council.