Washington GOP announces slate
The Washington Republican Town Committee has announced its slate of candidates for the Nov. 5 election.
Heading up the team is Jim Brinton, candidate for first selectman.
A Washington native, he has served in emergency services as a firefighter, a line officer, as secretary and as an EMT-b for the ambulance service.
Brinton was previously on the Zoning Commission, Board of Finance and Board of Selectman.
He is active in the Lions Club, is a trustee of Steep Rock, and on the Litchfield Bancorp Advisory Board and Washington Community Fund Board of Directors.
His running mate, Sarah Gager, has been a resident since 2003.
She grew up in Cheshire and spent 17 years in Woodbury, where she served on the Conservation Commission and Planning Commission before moving to Washington.
She has served on the Planning Commission since 2005 and the Sustainability Committee since 2018.
Her involvement in civic organizations as a town resident over the years includes the Washington Environmental Council, Washington Garden Club and DAR Judea Chapter.
Both candidates pledge a moderate platform to preserve open space and natural resources, according to a release from the committee.
“My goal is to protect these values that are so important to all of us while driving Washington forward,” Brinton said.
They plan to explore the possibility of a director of economic development, to re-evaluate parks and sidewalks throughout the town villages, to evaluate the needs of seniors, and to coordinate accessibility to grants on the state and federal level, the release stated.
Other members of the Republican slate include Linda McGarr (current treasurer), who has over 30 years in banking and finance; Donna Alex (Tax Collector), who has been an active member of the community since 1971; Rebecca Rebillard (Zoning Commission), who was born and raised in New Preston and holds a BA in business administration and has worked at Aspetuck Animal Hospital for 13 years; and Barbara Brown (Board of Finance), who has served several terms on the Board of Finance.
Also, Anthony Amato (Board of Finance), who has been a long-serving member of the Region 12 Board of Education; Rod Wyant (Zoning Board of Appeals), who is a native of Washington who is in his third term as a member of the ZBA, and who served on the Board of Assessment Appeals from 1999-09; Peter Bowman (Zoning Board of Appeals), who has been on the ZBA since 2006 and currently serves as chairman; and Keith Templeton (Board of Finance, Alternate Board of Assessment Appeals), who had a career representing employees in international unions and who has served on the BAA since 2012 and is currently chairman and has served on the BOF since 2013 as an alternate.
Also, Susan Smith (Zoning Commission Alternate), who has lived in Washington for more than 20 years; Michele Coporizzo (Zoning Board of Appeals), who runs her own company; Robert Seymour (Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate), who has been a successful farmer in town for over 50 years, and believes zoning regulations should be applied fairly and should appropriate for the town; and Harry Wyant (Board of Finance Alternate), who previously served on the Board of Finance as well as the Board of Selectman.