Milford P&Z member resigns after moving out of district
MILFORD — A member of the city’s Planning and Zoning Board resigned last week when he moved just over 2 miles outside of the district he was elected to represent.
Brett Broesder, a Democrat who started serving a four-year term for the 5th district in January, said he stepped down from his position “before midnight on Aug. 27” to be in compliance with the city charter upon moving to Milford’s third district.
“It was a really difficult decision,” he said. “I’ve loved my time on the board, really learned a lot. And the people that I had the opportunity to sit on the board with are fantastic — so smart, so committed.”
Jim Quish and Robert Satti, the board’s chairman and vice chairman, respectively, serve the 3rd district. Broesder said he’d “love nothing more” than to support them by volunteering on their re-election campaigns should the time come. And if either of them decided not to run in the future, he said he would “definitely be interested” in seeking a spot on the board again.
“I really wanted to continue living in the 5th district, but my wife loved the place we saw, it’s 2.2 miles away,” he said. “As much as I am invested in being on the planning and zoning board, I’m much more invested in my marriage.”
Broesder, president of public relations firm, A Better Campaign, recently served as Connecticut state director for former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign. He has previously worked for a number of Connecticut political figures, including aide work for Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and former Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, and consulting for Gov. Ned Lamont, Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz and state treasurer Shawn Wooden’s 2018 campaigns.
According to the city charter, the mayor may appoint an interim representative to fill a vacancy on the Planning and Zoning Board until the next municipal election, provided they have the approval of the Board of Aldermen.