Robert 'Bob' Coppola, Democratic challenger
-Office sought: Mayor.
-Occupation: Retired teacher following a 42-year career.
-Political and community experience: He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion and Catholic War Veterans and a trustee of the New Milford Historical Society. He is a past member of the Town Council (1991-92, 1995-99), the Board of Education (2001-05), the Commission on Aging and the Northville Schoolhouse Committee, a trustee of the New Milford Public Library, chairman of the Housing Partnership and New Milford Affordable Housing, past president of the Lions Club, co-chairman of the New Milford Tricentennial Commission. He received the Leonardo DaVinci Award in 2001 and is a recipient of the Vietnam Award, a Bronze Star, the Lions Club Melvin Jones Award and the Outstanding Lion of the Year Award.
-Three most important issues facing our town related to the office being sought and proposed solutions:
1) Minimize tax impact on New Milford citizens: sell down properties and bring them on the tax rolls (i.e. Catherine E. Lillis Building and Century Brass sites), implement and review of energy use and reduce the cost of utilities, and increase tourism to downtown area to increase jobs and businesses.
2) Accessible and inclusive government: create a 311 phone system where an individual would address a person's needs/concerns, monthly meetings such as a Brown Bag with Bob, and form a new partnership with the education department and town commissions and boards.
3) Support our town community services: bring the library expansion to a townwide vote/referendum, form a true partnership with our community to provide for the needy and homeless population, and focus attention on senior services.