New Milford mayoral candidates to square off in debate

NEW MILFORD — The Spectrum will sponsor a mayoral debate next week between Republican incumbent Pat Murphy and Democratic challenger David Gronbach.

The debate will be held from 6 to 7 :30 p.m. Oct. 22 at New Milford Public Library, 24 Main St.

The moderator for the debate will be Matt DeRienzo, former editor of Digital First Media’s publications in Connecticut, including the New Haven Register, the Middletown Press, and Register Citizen of Torrington, and Connecticut Magazine.

The public may submit questions for presentation to the candidates by emailing them to Spectrum Staff Writer Susan Tuz at or by posting them on the Spectrum’s Facebook page:

Murphy, 61, who is running for a seventh term, said she’s looking forward to completing several major projects now under way, including reclaiming the Century Brass property as an industrial park and construction of a roundabout on Still River Drive at Grove Street and Pickett District Road. During her tenure, the Grove Street/Route 67 intersection was realigned, the sewer plant expansion was accomplished and a new emergency communication system for the town was established.

Gronbach, 38, an attorney, left his partnership in Moots & Pelligrini law firm in New Milford in 2014 to join his wife, Vanessa, in her firm, now known as Gronbach Law. He said he’s running on a platform of change, listening to residents’ concerns, making a commitment to education, and developing a plan to have Route 7 and the Village Center complement each other in future years. He was a strong proponent to keep Pettibone School open. Active in the PTO, he has three young children in New Milford schools and owns The Bank Street Book Nook with his wife.; 203-731-3352