BETHANY >> My name is John Grabowski and it would be my honor to serve the wonderful people of my town as Bethany’s first selectman.

My goal is to build a community where all feel welcome to contribute for the benefit of their town. Bethany may be small, but it doesn’t mean that we can’t be incredible.

As first selectman, I would push for our town and its officials to work as a community. It’s time we stop worrying about politics and start caring about the safety and future of our families.

Bipartisanship is a must in our little town.

Proudly, I have recently celebrated my 20th year as a Bethany resident with my wife, Lisa.

My family has grown up in this beautiful rural community and my two daughters have gone through the Bethany Community School, and are attending Amity Regional High School.

I am a firm believer in being a part of my community. With that civic mindedness, I have faithfully served on the Bethany Board of Finance for nine years. I am in my fourth year as the board chairman.

As the chairman of the Board of Finance, I am responsible for overseeing the finances for the town. My board and I are responsible for collecting departmental budgets, developing the town budget, and presenting the town budget with recommendations at the town budget hearing and Town Meeting.

I also sit on the Amity Regional School District Finance Committee.

Finance is the true backbone to any town.

In Bethany, we don’t fight national political issues, we fight taxes and expenses to keep money in our pockets to be able to provide for our families.

Professionally, I am a district manager for Easter Seals Goodwill of New Haven. Prior to this position, I was a CVS pharmacy district manager. While managing multimillion-dollar districts with many store units, I have developed numerous leadership and financial skills which I will be able to utilize on behalf of the town of Bethany.

As a manager, I have learned how important it is to communicate effectively, delegate, and follow-up.

I believe in full disclosure and will always share my thought & ideas. In the end, it is about what is best for the town.

I feel that Bethany is a wonderful place to live, BUT there are areas that can be improved upon.

I will continue to put together the most fiscally responsible budget possible, while maintaining the services we have become accustomed to.

The governor’s proposed budget will be extremely challenging to the town of Bethany and require a higher level of follow-up and accountability to hold the line on town departmental budgets and approved capital projects, which I can provide.

I will search and apply for all possible state aid and grants aggressively and in a timely manner.

With the state of Connecticut in a fiscal crisis, the window for attaining this aid and grants is limited. I will review options to the town with providing tax relief for our veterans and senior citizens.

I will also continue to consistently challenge the Bethany Community School and the Amity Regional School District to provide the best educational and learning experience for our children while maintaining fiscal responsibility.

Keeping Bethany’s rural character is essential while still meeting the needs of the residents and businesses.

I will continue my commitment to finding the best possible resolutions and be open to all potential solutions.

My door will always be open, as I will work for and represent the wonderful people of Bethany. I will focus on moving Bethany forward and keeping Bethany’s Interest First!

ELECTION DAY

Voting is 6 a.m.-8 p.m. May 1 at the Town Hall gym, 40 Peck Road. The Bethany Republican Party slate is: first selectman, John F. Grabowski; selectman, Donald R. Shea Jr.; treasurer, Donna J. Kruysman; tax collector, Eric B. McDonald; Finance Board, James Seaton, John E. Ford IV, (empty 7); Board of Education, Lynette A. White, Douglas Goldner; Board of Assessment Appeals, Nicholas DiGiorgi, Gary J. Ross; Planning and Zoning, Robert G. White Jr., Donna R. Shea, Michael P. Sullivan; Zoning Board of Appeals, Lisa A. Gaw, Nicholas Poulmas; ZBA alternates, Robert C. Huxley, Ryan A. Shea; Regional Board of Education, Paula Cofrancesco.