Meet the Windham Town Council candidates
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Windham - posted Tue., Oct. 29, 2013
Running for Mayor:
Ernest S. Eldridge – Bottom Line Party
Eldridge was born and raised in Windham and resides in Windham Center. He has been the owner of E.S. Eldridge Auctions in Willimantic for 38 years. Eldridge has served as the chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals and as a Windham selectman. He has served as the mayor of Windham since 2009. Eldridge is past president of the Willimantic Rotary Club. “I believe that the mayor’s job is to be the face of the community and be here, in town for all the people of Windham,” said Eldridge. “I am a bipartisan mayor, here to serve the citizens of Windham, not a political party.”
Dawn Niles – Democrat
Niles is a graduate of Windham High School and of QVCC. She is treasurer, a fire police officer and medical responder for the Windham Center Volunteer Fire Department. She has served as a commissioner since 2010 for the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. She is past chair of the Windham Democratic Town Committee, and past selectman from the Windham Service District. She is past chair of the Windham Heartsafe Committee and past member of the Windham Planning and Zoning Commission. Niles has worked as a children’s librarian assistant in Willimantic, and as a job training/application processor for Eastconn. She has worked for ACCESS as a crisis counselor, and served as the Registrar of Voters for the Town of Windham for six years. Niles worked for the Connecticut General Assembly as a senior legislative assistant for 20 years, and is a member of the Windham Service District, Windham Town Council.
Running for Town Council, Willimantic Service District:
Joe Underwood – Democrat
Underwood is currently serving as president of the Windham Town Council. He is a local realtor and a member of the Magnet School Building Committee. Underwood is a past member of the Windham Board of Finance, and past chair of the Windham Housing Partnership.
James Flores – Democrat
Flores is a member of the Windham Democratic Town Committee. He is employed by Windham Region Transit District. Flores is a past member of the Windham Board of Selectmen and an advocate for Embracing the Same Dream.
Charlotte Patros - Democrat
Patros is a member of the Windham Democratic Town Committee. She is a past member of the Windham Board of Selectmen and the Zoning Board of Appeals. Patros is a retired Windham County Deputy Sheriff.
Kevin Donohue – Democrat
Donohue is a Windham Town Councilor and the chair of the Administration and Finance Committee. Donohue is the former chair of the Columbia Democratic Town Committee and Columbia Board of Finance.
Pedro Caraballo – Republican
"I am running for the Town Council because I would like to improve the performance of the school system and bring new business to the town, including mom and pop stores. I would also like to cap the taxes of residents 65 years and older, to improve everyone’s quality of life," said Caraballo.
Steve Edelman – Republican
Edelman has worked in the defense and banking industries. He currently farms and develops property. Edelman is a rowing coach at E.O. Smith High School. He graduated from Pennsylvania, Columbia and Yale.
John McCommas – Republican
McCommas is employed as a fork lift driver at the Rite Aid distribution plant in Dayville. He is a graduate of Ellis Tech, and was enlisted in the United States Navy from 1986 through 1990. McCommas served as the regional coordinator for Ed Munster for Congress from 1992 through 1996, and was formerly a member of the Killingly Town Council. McCommas has served on the Windham Ethics Board and currently serves on the Windham Economic Development Commission.