Leah Gill, Democrat

Age: 70.

Children: Justin, and two granddaughters.

Occupation: Retired following 30-plus years in corporate law and finance operations management. Presently work part time for EdAdvance.

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

Education: Holds liberal arts and business degrees.

Past and present political and community experience: Member of the town’s Community Emergency Response Team, the New Milford Traffic Commission and the Greater New Milford Woman’s Club. Involved with the Ban Fracking Waste in New Milford initiative.

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

The opportunity for growth to complement New Milford’s small town amenities and rural ambience: Well informed, appropriate solutions that fit the character and history of our community. Reach fair, balanced decisions for applicant in support of our zoning, planning, wetlands and economic development.

Scott Leddy, Republican

Age: 50.

Spouse: Andrea.

Children: Dylan, 15.

Occupation: Print maker for 19 years.

Number of years as a New Milford resident: 11 years.

Education: Graduated from Mamaroneck High School in New York and earned a graduate degree from Mercy College.

Past and present political and community experience: Member of the New Milford Republican Town Committee. Wetlands commissioner.

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

I’m interested in having a voice in the decision-making process: Bringing economic growth and development to New Milford while protecting our community’s natural resources.

Ensure that the zoning regulations are fair, clear and consistent: Serving a three-year appointment on the New Milford’s Inland Wetlands Commission, I’m familiar with how a commission works as well as our zoning regulations.

Helping our downtown businesses grow and prosper: Making sure I’m accessible to hear the comments and concerns of our community. I take my responsibilities seriously. During my three years on the wetlands commission, I’ve only missed one meeting. I ensure that I attend almost every site walk before making a ruling, because I feel that I owe the applicant my unconditional attention.

Dave Littlefield, Republican

Age: 53.

Spouse: Dianne.

Children: Hannah, 17, and Marshall, 15.

Occupation: Field energy consultant at Tesla Energy for two and a half years.

Number of years as a New Milford resident: 17 years.

Education: Graduated from Costa Mesa High School.

Past and present political and community experience: Member of the New Milford Board of Education.

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

In my opinion there is a lack of a master plan for New Milford. Building and development seems haphazard without consideration for traffic issues or esthetics: Possibly create a committee made up of town residents to come up with a vision of what we want our town to look like in the next 10 to 20 years.

Lack of enforcement of current regulations. It seems that enforcement is not consistent across the full spectrum of property and business owners. It’s only the lowest hanging fruit that gets picked: If there is a regulation on the books I think it should be enforced, however, if it is determined that that regulation is outdated, arbitrary or onerous to business it should be reviewed and updated, or eliminated. If that regulation is determined to be fair and beneficial to the town and its citizens then it should be enforced consistently.

Civility in town government. Over the last few years the level of vitriol has escalated to a point where nobody respects or listens to the viewpoint of another if they stand on the opposite side of a political line. This does not serve our town or do what is best for our fellow citizens: I am committed to working with all my fellow New Milford citizens in a civil manner, regardless of political affiliation to do what is best for our town. Maybe if we can start here in New Milford it will trickle up to our state and federal representatives.

Adam Pilarski, Democrat

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