At the party’s annual caucus, Granby Democrats unanimously approved a slate of candidates that provides a strong mix of experience and energy heading into November’s municipal election. The 10 nominees for various elected positions will look to represent the town residents’ values of maintaining Granby’s strong educational standing and unique rural feel while also ensuring that working families and our aging population can continue to afford to live in our community.
Education is a crucial issue for Granby in the coming years. With four seats available for election, the Democrats have nominated incumbents Jenny Emery (currently on the BoE Finance Subcommittee) and Lynn Guelzow (currently on the BoE Curriculum Subcommittee) along with newcomers Monica Logan and Christine Peaslee.
The Democratic slate also features incumbents Sally King and Jim Lofink on the ballot for Board of Selectmen, while longtime Board of Finance member Bill Kennedy seeks re-election as well. Currently an alternate, Chinni looks to fill a permanent seat on the Planning and Zoning Committee this election cycle. Suzanne Yucha, who has been a longtime alternate on the Zoning Board of Appeals, seeks a permanent seat on that group, while David Hennessey is up for re-election as an alternate.
“This is an important time for our town,” Democratic Town Committee Chair Chris Chinni said. “Granby will have a new superintendent for the first time in over a decade, and though our school system is still very strong, we spend less on each student than the majority of towns like ours around the state. At the same time, we are facing continued cuts in state assistance and many of our residents aren’t sure if they can continue to live in our community if taxes continue to increase.
“This is a time for intelligent, experienced, and dedicated public servants to come up with creative solutions to keep Granby the kind of wonderful town we knew it was when we decided to make it our home, and we feel the group of candidates we have assembled will honorably represent the people who make this town great.”
“The Board of Education election is pivotal this year with new leadership coming and due to the fact that our schools comprise the majority of our annual budget,” Chinni added. “These four strong, intelligent women all have had, or currently have, children in the Granby Public Schools, and are incredibly dedicated to making sure our students get the best possible education without having to leave our town.
“They also know,” she added, “that having a strong school system is crucial to attracting young families to Granby in order to continue to grow our community’s economy and continue to bring the kind of local businesses that make our town one that we are all proud to call home.”