Ray Arnold

Democrat

District 1

Qualifications: I have lived in Milford since 1987, and the first district since 1993, so I know the area. During that time I have sat on the MUSC Board, Library Board, and Housing board. That experience has taught me about group decision making, consensus building, and challenging others to do better. My work experience as an industrial engineer has taught me about group decision making, consensus building, and challenging others to do better. And if you ask my children, my experience as a father has taught me that I have no idea about anything. I don't believe them.

What do I hope to accomplish: Listen, understand, debate, and vote. Milford is a mature town. The challenge here is to renew what has been abandoned, to repair and reuse. So I would favor projects that embody that spirit. But, people are creative, with dreams and vision that should also be encouraged. So I would like to sit on the board and encourage people to do better. Ideas need due diligence. New ideas are what will drive Milford forward. But, they have to be evaluated to see if they will benefit the community in both the short and long term.

Thomas Nichol

Republican

District 1

Qualifications: Current Planning and Zoning Board, Former member Planning Zoning Board of Appeals.

What do you hope to accomplish: Through regulation updates and changes ensure Milfords growth. Home owners, residents and businesses need help to build and rebuild. Through the Planning and Zoning Board I will make this process more user friendly and help accomplish their goals.

Ronald M Goldwyn

Republican

District 2

Qualifications: I have served over 20 years on the Zoning Board and Restrictions committee in Russell Gardens NY before moving to Milford. I am a former Building Inspector, Supt. of Constr. and Structural Engineer, making me the most experienced candidate.

What do you hope to accomplish: The P&ZB is the least political of all boards here. I hope to see that it remains so. I will use my experience for the benefit of our residents and the commercial interests in this town, so that Milford continues to grow and attract folks like myself to this community.

Mike Dolan

Democrat

District 2

Qualifications: I believe that my experience as an attorney will be an asset in drafting, interpreting and applying our city's zoning regulations. I also believe that while I am only 28 years old, my youth will allow me to offer a fresh perspective and energy to the Planning and Zoning Board.

What do you hope to accomplish: If elected, I will aim to make the Planning & Zoning Board as fair and efficient as possible. I will strive to ensure that certain residents are not granted special treatment over others, and that everyone who has business before the board is given the opportunity to have their voice heard. For the residents seeking to make improvements to their homes, I will do everything in my power to streamline their experience with the Planning and Zoning Board, and will avoid subjecting these homeowners to unnecessary delays.

Jim Quish

Democrat

District 3

Qualifications: 40 year Milford resident, local business owner, former Board of Education member, member Permanent School Facilities Committee.

What do you hope to accomplish: I will bring a voice to the board that balances the need for sensible economic development with the preservation of the historic personality of Milford and the need to protect the natural resources that we, as a community, are entrusted with.

Edward Mead

Republican

District 3

Qualifications: I served on the Zoning Board of Appeals from 2004 - 2009. I am currently on the Planning and Zoning Board, being elected in November 2009. I have served four years on this board. The last two years as Vice- Chairman. Having served on both these boards I have come to a good understanding of the zoning regulation that we must follow in making our decisions. I have attended several workshops put on by the State. I will continue to learn as much new information that I can, with the changing of State and Federal regulations.

What do you hope to accomplish: One thing I would like to accomplish is helping new businesses start up in Milford. I believe this can be done by them using vacant buildings instead of building new. There have been a few businesses that have done this already. I would like to continue helping the people re-build after Hurricane Sandy. There are still hundreds of homes that need to be repaired or re-built. This is going to take time. Also to try and keep what open space we still have. Let's keep Milford a great place to live, work and play! We have it all right here.

Mark Bender

Republican

District 4

Qualifications: I have been on P&Z for six years, past two years as chairman. Have Master's in Business Management, numerous leadership positions. Been Milford resident for over 20 years.

What do you hope to accomplish: Finish review of current regulations, balance the consistent application of the regulations without increasing density and assist small businesses.

Carl S. Moore

Democratic

District 4

Qualifications: Military Experience: USAF, Gulf War Veteran; Professional Experience: Health Care Administrator, Cigna Health Care. Education: MBA, Regis University, BS, University of Connecticut, Civic: Veterans Grave Commission. I have lived in Milford for over two years now and have come to enjoy the city and its quality of life. My wife grew up here in Milford. After seeing other towns in Connecticut and other communities, we feel that raising our son in this vibrant and growing community was one of the best decisions we have made.

What do you hope to accomplish: I plan to continue to support the goals and plans set by the current commission as well as future endeavors.

I hope to bring creative ideas to the P&Z board and a positive attitude to continue to maintain the city's unique qualities and rich history which we all have come to appreciate. As a Democrat on the commission, I will do my best to facilitate what is needed for our local businesses, our government and most importantly our residents. As an avid jogger, I have come to enjoy the beauty of Milford and its surroundings and I wish to help in preserving its beauty.

Terrence (Terry) Copeland

Democratic

District 5

Qualifications: I have been a successful business manager and executive with Enthone Inc., who are leaders in supplying the electronics and automotive industries with high tech specialty products. Having been involved in this industry for over 40 years, I acquired extensive global exposure to both business challenges and local cultures, having lived and worked in England, France, Germany, Singapore, and Canada. I speak French as a second language. Corporate stewardship of environmental issues and community goodwill, member of the Leavenworth Society, United Way, the Quebec Federation of Home & Schools, Branch President of AES, now the National Association of Surface Finishing.

What do you hope to accomplish: Living in Milford's Historic District # 1, we have invested significantly in improving our home and property. If I am fortunate to receive the support of Milford voters, it would be my intent to pragmatically support ideas and actions that would continue to protect such properties.

While sustaining and protecting Milford's ties to the past, I support projects that would attract businesses to Milford as a good investment opportunity. Businesses bring in money and jobs - both which help keep taxes down.

William P Farrell Sr.

Republican

District 5

Qualifications: I have been a Milford resident 35 years, blessed with a remarkable wife and four wonderful children. Served on various boards and commissions and have a working knowledge of what responsibilities one would assume as a member of the P&Z. I am on a number of non-profit boards. I have worked as a real estate broker and developer involved in residential and commercial projects which required working closely with a number of P&Z boards throughout the state. Past experience also includes managing the real estate loan department for a regional bank. I'm a Senior Officer with Wells Fargo Wealth Management.

What do you hope to accomplish: I would work to insure the rules and regulations are strictly enforced in a non- bias way and look for ways to help stream line the application process for both home owners and businesses.