Peter Spalthoff announces plans to seek GOP nomination to run for mayor

Peter Spalthoff, a former Republican Town Commmittee chairman and one-time mayoral candidate, has announced plans to seek the GOP nomination to run for mayor in November.

Spalthoff has been involved in community initiatives, such as the United Way and as founder of Milford Celebrates, a Near Year’s Eve event downtown, since stepping out of the political limelight.

He also is a retired businessman, having owned Shoreline Mortgage in Milford Center, in a building in which he now lives with his wife, Susan.

Spalthoff ran for mayor as an Independent candidate in 2009, but lost to then incumbent Republican James Richetelli Jr. in a four-way mayoral race.

Spalthoff said he is going back to his roots with this campaign. He plans to file papers to run for the seat, and said he has formed a campaign committee.

Republican Town Committee Chairman Paul Beckwith said it is still early in the process and that several other Republicans have expressed interest in running for the seat too.

Republican Alderman Paula Smith, who has a background in finance and operations, said she is considering a run for the seat but hasn't made up her mind.

"It's a very big decision to make," Smith said, adding that she was interested in running for the seat two years ago but the party backed Bob Joy. "I was very happy  to support Bob Joy," Smith said, praising him as a candidate.

"But that interest [in running] is still there," she added.

The party selects its endorsed candidate at a convention in July.

Incumbent Mayor, Ben Blake, a Democrat, is expected to run for a second term, sources said, although he hasn’t announced that yet.

Read more in next week’s Milford Mirror.