Gerard J. Monaghan, Democrat*

Age: 72.

Spouse: Eileen P. Monaghan.

Children: Edward N. Film, Doris J. Wickiser, Brenna M. Behel and Sean P. Monaghan.

Occupation: Retired for 12 years, following serving as president of an international professional association for 25 years.

Number of years as a New Milford resident: 44 years.

Education: Graduated from St. Augustine Diocesan High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., St. Bonaventure University with a bachelor’s in journalism and the University of Connecticut with a master’s degree in political science. He also did post-graduate work in marketing at the University of South Carolina, and completed the Army Senior Public Affairs Officer course, the Army Command and General Staff College course, and the National Defense University National Security Management course.

Past and present political and community experience: Member of the New Milford Planning Commission. Co-president of the Merryall Center for the Arts in New Milford. Former member of the New Milford Zoning Board of Appeals and former member of the Mass Communications Advisory Committee at St. Bonaventure University, the Parents’ Advisory Council at Roger Williams Council, the National Purple Heart Museum Committee and the Route 7 Technical Advisory Committee in New Milford. Past co-chairman for the 50th anniversary year for the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communications at St. Bonaventure University, past communications director for the Peitler for Mayor Committee in New Milford, past community liaison for New Milford First, and has held various positions at St. Francis Xavier Church in New Milford. Also a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.

What are the three most important issues facing the town related to the office being sought, and what are your proposed solutions to each?

Revision of the town Plan of Conservation and Development: Through focus groups and surveys, determine residents’ plans/hopes for New Milford and develop a comprehensive plan.

Lack of coordination among land-use agencies: Encourage multiagency approach to addressing town’s issues.

Revision of subdivision regulations: The current regulations are almost 15 years old and do not reflect current development patterns.

Peter Schmitt, Republican

Age: 60.

Spouse: Kathleen.

Children: Eric.

Occupation: President and sole shareholder of Textile Development Associates, Inc. for 19 years.

Number of years as a New Milford resident: Eight years.

Education: Holds a regents diploma from A. Holy Cross High School and graduated from Flushing NY, B. Philadelphia University with a B.S. in textile engineering in Philadelphia.

Past and present political and community experience: Alternate member on the New Milford Planning Commission and member of the New Milford Riverfront Revitalization Committee. Past board member and roads commissioner of the Candlewood Trails Association.

What are the three most important issues facing the town related to the office being sought, and what are your proposed solutions to each?

Rejuvenation of downtown New Milford: Support the development and revitalization of downtown New Milford and the River Trail through active participation in the Planning Commission and Riverfront Revitalization Committee.

Stagnate growth of New Milford: Review and support applications brought before the Planning Commission that help to promote residential housing for young families and retiring senior citizens that will attract and retain residents within the town.

Open space and forest preservation: Update the Plan of Conservation and Development to better define a plan and sited areas to actively preserve and protect.