FIRST SELECTMAN (1 seat)
Robert (Bob) Carlson
Education: Associate in Science in business – Rhode Island Junior College (1974), Bachelor of Science in business admin, URI (1976)
Two issues that I would like to address immediately are:
1. The intended use of US bailout funds.
2. plans for the demolition and / or future use of the 298 Norwich-Westerly Rd. Building.
I plan to have a community conversation followed by a town hall on these two issues so that I can listen and then act according to the wishes of our taxpayers.
SELECTMAN (2 seats)
Occupation: Real estate agent® and independent accountant
Education: 1995 Wheeler Graduated, some college
Political experience: Chair of the Democratic Town of North Stonington Committee; served on the economic development committee as secretary; served on the sustainability committee as secretary; was chair of the school buildings reallocation committee.
Why you should vote for me: I am invested in the success and sustainability of this city.
1. Many issues are built into the health of our local economy. We must be proactive in our economic development in order to reduce the tax burden on residents. Creating jobs, promoting businesses, encouraging consumption in our city will benefit everyone. We have an ideal economic corridor for business development.
2. The other problem is the old vacant college / high school. What is the best solution that makes sense for the city, the budget and the residents? We need to find a creative solution that complies with the restriction of the act and that can turn a liability into an asset.
Occupation: SME boss
Education: Bachelor of Management Science, Johnson & Wales University
Political experience: Ad hoc committee for the construction of schools 2008-14; Economic Development Commission 2011-present, president since 2014; Finance Council 2020-present; Republican Municipal Committee 2013-present, president since 2015; Central Committee of the Republican State of the representative of the 18th district of CT since 2021; member of the planning committee for the first community conversation.
Why you should vote for me: Having over a decade of commitment and service to North Stonington as an elected official, makes me the most experienced and complete candidate to run for the Board of Selectmen.
1. 298 Norwich Westerly Rd: We need to find a solution that reduces the burden on the taxpayer by looking at subsidies for demolition of certain sections of the building and viable uses for other parts to benefit the city.
2. Taxes: We need to critically assess our spending, work on savings by evaluating purchasing programs, review shared services, maintain our assets, further explore tax programs for our seniors, and continue to be successful in economic development. through responsible growth.
2a. Community: I will work collectively with all residents by opening up genuine communication, ensuring transparency, and focusing on issues relevant to our city, not partisan national issues.
K. Nicole Porter
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Stanley “Chet” Stefanowicz
Education: Bachelor of International Studies and Spanish; master’s in education
Political experience: Nothing
Why you should vote for me: Policy and administrative decisions should be based on practice and efficiency in the classroom, and I bring years of educational experience to this position.
1. I believe the most pressing issue facing our BOE is the search for a new superintendent. I think it’s exceptionally important to find a candidate who is willing to connect and be a part of a small town. In a small district, even more than in a large one, leadership involves open communication and connection with the people whose children attend schools. We need to find a person who can handle both the management of the school, as well as the social and interactive part of the job.
2. I also believe that improving communication and involving parents and citizens are essential for a successful school system. All parents, not even most parents, do not have the time to attend BOE meetings on a regular basis. Not attending meetings doesn’t mean worrying about what is going on in the city’s schools. I would love to work and find new ways to make more people understand the amazing work that is being done in our schools. Connecting with our school system helps build community and translates into better outcomes for our students.
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Jamie Towle Weicksel
Occupation: College teacher
Education: BS in Biology from WPI, MA in Chemistry from Clark University, Ph.D. in Chemistry from Clark University.
Political experience: Nothing. Currently a member of the BOE replacing the member who resigned.
Why you should vote for me: You should vote for me because I am a problem solver and my background in higher education, as well as as a scientist, will bring a unique perspective to the Board of Education.
1. Inclusive and Equitable Learning Environment: Develop policies within the district that support every child by creating a safe place where students can be themselves and thrive.
2. Superintendent Search: Work with teachers, staff, students, and families to help select a superintendent who will work for all of our students, support our faculty and staff, and provide innovative ideas to lead our district.
EDUCATION COUNCIL (2-year seat; vote for 1)
FINANCIAL COUNCIL (permanent seat; vote for 1)
FINANCE COUNCIL (4-year vacancy; vote for 1)
Carl R. Johnson Jr.
FINANCIAL COUNCIL (Alternate seat; vote for 1)
TREASURER (Vote for 1)
Shawn P. Murphy
Education: Bachelor of Management Science, UNC Wilmington
Political experience: Former first selectman 2 years; Selection board 8 years; Board of Education 2 years; Chairman, Finance Council 2 years; Current Vice-President, Zoning Board of Appeals 3 years.
Why you should vote for me: Because I have the educational and financial experience, drive and commitment, and the time to perform all the duties of the position without conflicting schedules with a full-time job.
1. As city treasurer, issues will include assisting with the implementation of new financial management software and the creation of a public online “North Stonington OpenCheckbook”. The recently approved financial management software will require the coordinated efforts of the treasurer, administrative / finance manager and the finance board during the initial setup. The new chart of accounts to be established will serve as the basis for all future financial reports and will determine the utility and flexibility of the software for many years to come. I have direct experience in transitioning to new financial management software products during my service in the US Navy and during my employment at Connecticut College.
2. I would also like to set up a user-friendly online checkbook where anyone interested can access information through the city website on how the city is spending the allocated funds. This could include data such as date, description, to whom paid and which departmental account was billed. Having this basic information will answer many questions that have sometimes been raised and also facilitate better understanding for those who go through the budgeting process.
Age: 56 years old
Occupation: Enrolled Agent IRS Registered Tax Preparer / Accountant / Financial Advisor
Education: ECSU graduate with BS in Accounting, Central Training Institute with BS in Computer Science (French), EA Certificate by IRS.
Political experience: I am the current Treasurer unanimously elected by the North Stonington Board of Directors and have been a member of the North Stonington Finance Board for almost a decade and have been the Chief Architect of our budget. As a volunteer, I am the treasurer of the NSEF and the accountant of the KNSA, two non-profit organizations in Nova Scotia.
Why you should vote for me: The role of city treasurer requires an intimate understanding of municipal accounting and finance, and my professional and volunteer experience has prepared me to be qualified for this role.
1. As the current treasurer, I work behind the scenes to provide financial oversight for the city and the education council. This is a critically important responsibility, and we need someone who is fully qualified for this role and who understands fundraising accounting. In addition, my computer science degree is a plus for the city as it transitions from the old accounting systems to the new software that North Stonington plans to use. Finally, I believe that the person in this position should have knowledge of loans, financing and accounting in order to provide the best possible financial stewardship.
2. Clarity and transparency are two qualities that every treasurer should have in my opinion. Throughout my 10 years on the Finance Board and my time as Treasurer, I have proven to be completely honest with members of the Town Hall and the community of North Stonington on all matters relating to finances. If elected, I will continue to serve this city with clarity, transparency and total honesty.
EVALUATION APPEAL COMMITTEE (Vote for 1)
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION (Full mandate; vote for 2)
Christophe J. Friday
Salvatore E. Cherenzia IV
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE (Substitute; vote for 1)
PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE (Full mandate; vote for 2)
Wayne M. Wilkinson
PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE (Substitute; vote for 2)
ZONING APPEAL COMMITTEE (Full mandate; vote for 2)
Mark S. Perkins Jr.
ZONING APPEAL COMMITTEE (Substitute; vote for 3)