James Patterson

Democrat

District 1

Qualifications: Served as an alderman from the First District from 2004 through 2011. During my terms as alderman served on many committees, including Public Safety and Ordinance committees. Served a term as Chairman of the Ordinance Committee. Also served as liaison to the Board of Education. Community involvement includes Milford Lions Club and have been on the Board of Directors as well as its treasurer. I am a graduate of the C.E.R.T. program as well as the Citizens Police Academy, and I was a lieutenant with Engine Co. 3 of the Milford Volunteer Fire Department and was an E.M.T. - I with Chamberlain Ambulance Service.

What do you hope to accomplish: Having lived in Milford for nearly 40 years, I would like to maintain those reasons we all moved to Milford or stay in Milford while keeping the best interests of all Milford residents a priority.

Greta Stanford

Democrat

District 1

Qualifications: For the past two years I have served in the position of the First District Alderman. I am also a director on the Board of the Milford Education Foundation and am a long time member of the Devon Rotary, as well as the liaison to the Jonathan Law Interact Club. Prior to that I served as Majority Leader of the Milford Board of Ed, the Milford United Way Board of Directors and the Board of the Milford Literacy Organization. I have also taught in the Milford school system and was the long time president of the Milford Education Association.

What do you hope to accomplish: My utmost expectations are to keep taxes low, while affording residents the best services. I expect an open government where every resident has an equal voice. Since I am keenly aware of my constituents’ concerns, I am always responsive to their needs and expectations. As a result, I publish my home telephone number, 203-878-8081 and my e-mail address, gretasays@aol.com without equivocation, so that they may communicate with me as they wish and without hesitation.

Brian Bier

Republican

District 1

Qualifications: I have been an alderman for eight years and have always done what is in the best interest of the city and its citizens. I have run a few successful businesses in Milford for over 20 years. I was born in Milford and raised my three children in this great city. I have spent many years volunteering my time for the youth of Milford, coaching baseball and basketball. I have also been a member of many different city commissions. I do not make decisions based on any personal agendas and I am never afraid to do the right thing.

What do you hope to accomplish: In the next term as your alderman I will make the following a priority for the citizens of Milford. Improving Eisenhower Park so that all people can truly enjoy the great treasure that needs to be unlocked. Making sure our downtown area keeps improving but maintains the charm of a small New England town. Giving our Public Works department the funds needed to properly maintain city buildings and beautify our city parks, beaches and green areas. Ensure our senior citizens on fixed incomes will never have to make a decision on either paying taxes or paying for a medical need.

Anthony Giannattasio

Republican

District 1

Qualifications: In addition to being a lifelong Milford resident, I have been a member of the Board of Alderman for the past six years and minority leader for the past two years. Formerly serving on the Planning and Zoning and Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals adds to my experience of servicing the Milford community. In addition to representing the people of Milford, I am a member of the Columbus Committee, providing scholarships to Milford students entering college, and a member of the Board of Education Long Range Planning Committee.

What do you hope to accomplish: I plan on continuing to be proactive in addressing the issues and concerns for the people of the 1st district. I will fight for efficient and effective city services along with responsible municipal budgets for all the citizens of Milford.

Susan Fontana

Republican

District 2

Qualifications: Leadership is expected from elected boards - leadership on economic development and public safety. Citizens want us to be “open for business” and want to feel safe. I grew up working in a family business and then went on to own and manage commercial property. Challenges faced by businesses are not new to me. As a retired NYC Police Officer, my experience is invaluable when addressing public safety needs. I volunteer in our community at the Rape Crisis Center of Milford. As a Milford Board of Education employee, I have insight into school system dynamics that will aid me in appropriations.

What do you hope to accomplish: I believe in a system of transparency in all things government - in budgets, in working with bargaining units and in dealing with public concerns such as the possible outsourcing of our Animal Shelter to another town. I am interested in ensuring that Milford stays affordable for everyone especially seniors who want to be close to their families.

Janet A Golden

Democrat

District 2

Qualifications: I am serving on the Board of Aldermen, elected in 2011. I served on the Board of Education from 2003-05. I served on Planning and Zoning from 2008-2011. I come to the aldermen with an understanding of these two boards. I look forward to continuing the work I've started. I graduated magna cum laude from Southern Connecticut State University with a bachelor of science degree in Corporate Communications. I was born and raised in Milford and I am raising my family here and believe in a quality education. I love our city and want to have future generations prosper.

What do you hope to accomplish: I have parents who live in this city and I know the struggles of the seniors. The seniors should be able to continue to live in Milford comfortably and enjoy their golden years here. One of our most important challenges is achieving a budget that balances a quality education for our children with taxes that are fair to our senior citizens. I pledge to continue to meet this challenge responsibly, maintaining open communication with my constituents. The start for a better tomorrow begins today.

Nick Veccharelli

Democrat

District 2

Qualifications: A lifelong resident of Milford for 60 years. I have been married to my wife Kathy for 37 years and have two grown daughters. I have been re-elected by you for the past 14 years as your alderman. I have worked to represent you as your voice. I have worked to hold the line on spending, worked to preserve open space, stopping over development and expanding recreational facilities and activities for the young and elderly.

What do you hope to accomplish: I will continue to work to protect the quality of life for all Milford citizens. Keeping taxes down will be one my main duties as your representative in the 2nd district. I promise to spend your dollars like they were my own. I thank you very much for all your support over the past 14 years as your alderman. I respectfully ask for your consideration again on this next upcoming.

Ward Willis

Republican

District 2

Qualifications: My experience working and serving on Milford boards and commissions going back to Mayor Fred Lisman's administration makes me uniquely qualified to serve another term on the Board of Aldermen. Served on Zoning Board of Appeals from 1999-200, Board of Aldermen 2001-2005, former Justice of Peace, and currently serve on Planning and Zoning Board. Also volunteered and been involved in numerous organizations. Parishioner of Christ the Redeemer Church and attend St. Gabriel's Church. I have seen the way local government operates and can work in a bipartisan manner to do what is in the best interest for the city.

What do you hope to accomplish: If elected to the Board of Aldermen again, I will make sure every tax dollar gets spent wisely and residents continue to get the services they have come to expect at a cost affordable to the taxpayers. We need to keep taxes reasonable so all of us can continue to stay in Milford. One way to do this is the Board of Aldermen and Economic Development working closely to think outside the box and find new ways to lure businesses into the city. This would help bring new tax dollars into the city and alleviate some of the tax burden.

Frank Smith

Democrat

District 3

Qualifications: Have served five years on the Board of Aldermen, (1998-2001 / 2011-present) representing the 3rd District. A lifelong resident of the Devon/West Shore area, former member of Inland Wetlands Agency and the Milford Council on Aging. Former member of Devon Revitalization Committee, Walnut Beach Association, Laurel Beach Association. Current chairman of the Ordinance Committee of the Milford Board of Aldermen and liaison to the Milford Library Board and Public Works Committee.

What do you hope to accomplish: To offer direct and concerned constituent service and continued neighborhood improvement to the residents of Devon/West Shore. To continue to assist homeowners damaged and displaced in the wake of the recent storms and to advocate for the further enhancement of the Walnut Beach and Devon commercial districts. Will work with the administration to identify greater efficiencies in city services and seek further state and federal sources to better support those services and new local projects.

Martin Hardiman

Democrat

District 3

Qualifications: I have been an alderman eight years, served on the school board six years and was a constable 10 years, and on the Zoning Board of Appeals five years. I know the city very well through these, and also through community activity. I served on the the permanent school building committee, and for 19 years organized the popular Milford St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This has connected me with many residents and organizations. Also, I was an educator in the Milford schools for 20 years.

What do you hope to accomplish: I would like to keep taxes low while still providing the same city services that residents have become accustomed to, such as trash and recycling collection, and the many other services in the city. This can be done with common sense management and by understanding what is important to Milford residents, and most of all listening to what they have to say.

Michael S. Casey

Republican

District 3

Qualifications: As a lifelong resident of Milford, my experience as a local attorney, a member of Milford's Planning & Zoning Board and being active in various community organizations helps me to better understand the issues that Milford faces and to develop sustainable, long-term solutions for everyone's benefit. Further, in this election and in prior elections I've gone door-to-door meeting with the residents of Milford, discussing the issues and, more importantly, listening to what the people of this City have to say. I believe this makes me qualified to serve the residents of Milford.

What do you hope to accomplish: I hope to make Milford government more transparent and more interactive with the people. At the local level, the residents of Milford should always have a meaningful opportunity to discuss the policies that will affect their lives. I will work to find new ways to keep residents informed, facilitating a conversation with the people of Milford. With their insight, we can work together to make Milford a great place to live, where our children learn and grow, where new businesses are welcomed and where we treasure and protect the natural resources and the historic beauty of our City.

Paula Smith

Republican

District 3

Qualifications: 2 Terms Board of Aldermen, Aldermanic Liaison, Council on Aging, Library Board, Golf Commission, Former Board of Finance, MBA Finance, Clark University, 30 years finance & operations experience, Annual Milford Oyster Festival, President, Boys & Girls Club of Milford, board member Wildermere Beach Association, Executive Board member.

What do you hope to accomplish: Milford needs a long term operational and capital plan. We do a real disservice to our shareholders (the Milford taxpayers) with a budgeting process that doesn't look beyond the next election cycle. Like any fiscally sound business, our budgeting and capital spending cycle should be a multi-year outlook. And to do that planning effectively, we need to truly operate as a team with our city employees. There are voices to be heard with years of valuable experience. No one person has all the answers but collectively we can champion a lean, efficient operation.

Susan Shaw

Democrat

District 4

Qualifications: For the past six years I have been on the Planning and Zoning Board and was board chairman. I currently serve on the Board of Aldermen as vice-chair of the Ordinance Committee, chairman of the Rules Committee and as a member of the Mayor's Long Term Sandy Recovery Task Force. A local business owner, I have been involved in efforts to promote Milford's downtown as a key economic resource and served many years as an officer and president of the Downtown Milford Business Association. I am on the boards of the Milford Arts Council and Milford's Environmental Preservation Initiative.

What do you hope to accomplish: Increasing our tax base while preserving the historic features of our city and, importantly, continuing to preserve and maintain our rich natural resources remain my focus. For the health of our city, and for its long-term success, it is important that our city's elected officials continue to work towards greater efficiencies and savings. I will continue to demand that city departments are high-performing; and that we all work, along with the mayor, to find commonsense ways to decrease costs. Already, we have delivered substantial savings; and we will continue to ensure a city government that works for everyone.

Philip J. Vetro

Democrat

District 4

Qualifications: My willingness to serve the fine residents, not only in my district, but in the city. I have been elected to serve on the Board of Alderman for the last 10 years, of which I was the minority leader, the majority leader, and now for the last two years, the board’s chairman. Because I have owned my own construction company for the last 40 years, I know how to manage budgets, and how to please the people I work for. Being people friendly, and my years of experience are key, for running the city’s business.

What do you hope to accomplish: What I hope to accomplish in my next two years if I am fortunate enough to get re-elected, is to continue to have an excellent attendance record, and to keep the quality of life for the fine residents high, and to keep the services they are used to enjoying, while keeping their taxes to an affordable and reasonable level. I will continue to work with my fellow aldermen to help keep Milford an affordable, efficiently operated city, and do what is best for our fine senior residents, our honorable veterans, our beautiful children, teachers, and our great city workers.

Patrick Tokarz

Republican

District 4

Qualifications: I am an Eagle Scout and have learned to always be prepared and help individuals. I want to help make the right decisions for our community and encourage open discussions. I am a believer in transparency and feel our government should be the same.

What do you hope to accomplish: As a resident of Milford, I have a vested interest in our community just as each Milford resident does. Milford is wonderful place to live and raise a family. I want to ensure that Milford continues to grow and strengthen as a community, while being fiscally sound and responsible to all Milford residents.

Dan German

Republican

District 4

Qualifications: I am a long time Milford resident, from owning and operating a small business here in Milford for over 25 years, to being consistently active in the community and having a pulse on what's happening. I am currently in my second term for Board of Alderman, I work as a financial advisor, coach high school wrestling, and do some work with LED lighting and energy efficiency. I am actively involved in many city departments and programs, non-profits, and civic organizations and I have a passion for a sustainable, healthy, beautiful and prosperous city.

What do you hope to accomplish: I care about the future of Milford and I am concerned about the cost of healthcare. So many people are on medications and visiting the doctor so often. There are smarter and better choices. My goal is to improve the health and wellness of our city workforce. This is a must, to combat the skyrocketing healthcare costs while also improving the quality of everyone's lives. I am also pushing for a greener, sustainable community and environment. Improving our recycling, improving our energy efficiency, composting, focus on less waste and education. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Re-think!

Ray Vitali

Republican

District 5

Qualifications: Running for a 4th term with six years of experience brings with it an ability to negotiate, compromise and be transparent in the decision making process. Both my life and professional experiences have provided insight and understanding of the problems we face along with solutions that reflect community input. My resolve is to address issues and concerns while providing a high level of honesty, compassion and integrity to all of the decisions that I will be making. I will do everything in my power to see to it that we hold the safety, health, education, and welfare of our community to a higher standard.

What do you hope to accomplish: Tax reform, development of long-range plans to provide opportunities for all people to experience a quality of life that is affordable and sustainable. Provide opportunity for all city departments/agencies to submit budgets that are justified, simplified and transparent. Allow for the provision that our education system provides students with the knowledge and experiences that will allow them to compete globally. As a member of the Board of Alderman I know that strong leadership leads to good government. I will insist on transparency, and dialogue that will allow for hands-on participation (conversation) by the people and for the people of Milford.

Bill Bevan

Republican

District 5

Qualifications: Board of Alderman 4th District 2009-2011; Chairman Public Safety and Welfare Committee; Vice-chairman Claims Committee; Vice-Chairman Milford Republican Town Committee; member East Side Fire Station Building Committee; former Manager/Treasurer Milford Jr. Major League; Director All Comer Track Series

What do you hope to accomplish: I will work to limit excessive spending in the budget process. With the many diverse issues that come before the Board of Alderman, I will evaluate all sides of an issue so as to make the right decision for the city and the taxpayers of Milford. I will help constituents solve problems in their neighborhoods and will do so as quickly as possible.

Dora Kubek

Democrat

District 5

Qualifications: Current member of the Board of Education, Liaison to the Board of Aldermen, American Legion Auxiliary Member, Past Member Milford Fine Arts Council and Milford Land Trust.

What do you hope to accomplish: I am a lifelong Milford resident and fierce advocate for our picturesque city. I support a balanced approach to the revitalization of downtown Milford and our public beaches. I am in favor of expanding our Senior Tax Relief program and senior housing, stronger zoning requirements that prohibit overdevelopment, a downtown parking garage, and the continued identification and maintenance of Milford's open spaces. Through bipartisan efforts and sensible solutions, I will work to keep taxes stable while maintaining the quality of city services.

Bryan Anderson

Democrat

District 5

Qualifications: It has been a privilege to have represented Fifth District residents on the Board of Aldermen these last two years. Working cooperatively with Mayor Blake, and across party affiliations, we have made progress in a number of areas. There is more work to be done, especially in rebuilding in a post- Storm Sandy environment. I thank my constituents for entrusting me, for their calls and emails, and I pledge to continue to be accessible and responsive to their concerns. I also welcome former Fourth District residents who voted at Foran whose streets are now included in a redistricted Fifth District.

What do you hope to accomplish: During the next term of office, I would like to devote more attention to the City's economic development policies and on housing issues. I am concerned that Milford is undergoing a "mini-boomlet" in housing and our neighborhoods are being targeted for in-fill housing. Thank you for your vote on Tuesday, November 5.