2017 Democratic Slate for Municipal Slate

The Harwinton DTC is proud to announce the following slate of candidates for the 2017 Election:

Peyton Turpin, an emergency department physician,
who prides himself on not being a career politician, is the Democrats’ candidate for first
selectman in Harwinton. He and the rest of the slate were selected Monday night, July 24,
at a Democratic Town Committee meeting.

“We are very proud of our slate and have been fortunate to have an infusion of new
people with new ideas and a fresh vision. There is no better way to affect positive change
in our community than to run for office on the local level, and our slate has taken that to
heart.” said Harwinton Democratic Town Chairman Peter Brazaitis IV.

Among our new nominees running for office are Selectman candidate J. Richard Fowler,
Board of Finance candidate Celeste Echlin, Board of Assessment Appeals candidate
Franci Knight, Zoning Board of Appeals candidate Leslie Kelly and Board of Education
candidates Wendy Darasz and Paul Honig.

Filling out the slate are Robin Ruwet Turpin for Town Treasurer; long-time Finance
Commission Chairman Peter Thierry, running for reelection; Sandy Sulek for Board of
Assessment Appeals; Debra Freidus, currently an alternate member of the Planning
Commission running for a full seat on the commission; current member of the Planning
Commission Roland Perreault running for reelection; former long-time Zoning
Commission member Anne Marie Buonocore and current Zoning Commission member
Cynthia Casey, running for Zoning; current Selectman Nancy Shanley Schnyer running
for Zoning Commission Alternate; and current Zoning Board of Appeals Member Peter
Brazaitis IV running for his current seat. We co-endorsed Town Clerk Nancy Eldridge for
her current position.

Payton Turpin, who spent the last six years as a clinical director for eight Pro-Health
Physicians walk-in centers around the state, supervising hundreds of medical
professionals, sees his background as a plus for the town. As the son of James Wesley
Turpin, the founder of Project Concern International, he grew up understanding the close
relationship between poverty and poor health and has worked with Project Concern to
improve the lives of people in many parts of the world, most recently in Guatemala. “I’m
a firm believer in being a voice for the people of this town. As a physician, I am a listener
and strongly believe that the best way for Harwinton to be a vibrant community is
through communication between government and its people.”

Said Brazaitis, “We have a very strong ticket. The public will be learning as the
campaign progresses that our candidates have many skills and professional experiences,
and they want to bring their ideas and concerns to bear on the myriad functions that keep
our town running or challenge our town.”