Harwinton Democrats

Democrats Have a Home in Harwinton

In the 2022/2023 Town Budget First Selectman Mike Criss voted for a salary increase for himself of 17.75%. 


He’s the lowest paid First Selectman among Burlington, Litchfield, and New Hartford.


  • Criss neglected to include in his comparison Thomaston, Barkhamsted, and Plymouth salaries—all lower than his.
  • Criss benefits from a traditional pension plan vs. 401K style plans of Litchfield and Burlington.
  • His new salary PLUS his retirement benefits makes Mike Criss the HIGHEST PAID selectman of all the surrounding towns.
  • Harwinton has the lowest population and smallest commercial district of all the surrounding towns.

WHERE CAN THIS INCREASE BE FOUND IN THE PROPOSED BUDGET? Line Item 1010 for the BD OF SELECTMEN shows a 7.10% increase, but that includes all the expenses associated with the entire Selectmen department. Click here to see the proposed budget.


Please consider attending the Town Meeting on May 17th at 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall to ask questions and participate in the vote on the budget and other town matters.

The Harwinton Democratic Town Committee is advocating for the transparency of the budgeting process and better communication with the town at large. Only then, can we, the residents, of the town of Harwinton make informed decisions when participating in the town’s governance.

Meeting Schedule

The Harwinton Democratic Town Committee meets on a monthly schedule typically on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM. We are currently meeting virtually on ZOOM. All are welcome to attend.

If you would like to attend a meeting, please contact us at Harwintondems@gmail.com

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Paid for by the Harwinton Democratic Town Committee. Cynthia Banach, Treasurer