MERIDEN — This year’s election will contain a mix of new and incumbent candidates from both parties in addition to a petitioning candidate for mayor. Incumbent Board of Education members are running unopposed.
In July, the Democratic Town Committee endorsed Mayor Kevin Scarpati for reelection while the Republican Town Committee backed former City Clerk Irene Masse. Community activist the Rev. Ernestine Holloway will also be on the ballot as a petitioning candidate, according to City Clerk Denise Grady.
In the City Council race, Democrats have endorsed incumbent city councilors Miguel Castro for Area 1, Larue Graham for Area 2 and David Lowell for councilor at-large. Bruce Fontanella, who served on the School Building Committee, was also endorsed by Democrats to run for an at-large seat. Democrats endorsed former Board of Education member Michael Reynolds for Area 3 and Darius Riddle for Area 4.
The Republican Town Committee voted to endorse Beth Bryan for Area 1, Josh Broekstra for Area 2 and incumbents Dan Brunet for Area 3 and Bob Williams of Area 4. The party endorsed former Mayor Manny Santos for one at-large council seat and incumbent Lenny Rich for another.
Incumbent Board of Education members Kim Carbone-Pandiani and Allen Pronovost, both Republicans, and Democrats Steven O’Donnell, Marisol Estrada and Donald Green are all running unopposed, Grady said.
Republican Town Chairman Guy Beeman did not return a request for comment. He told the Record-Journal in July he was confident in the party’s slate of candidates.
“We think we have a strong slate and we’re looking forward to a very competitive race as usual and we hope to give the Meriden voters some real choices,” Beeman said.
Democratic Town Chairwoman Millie Torres-Ferguson said all of the party’s City Council candidates are well-known throughout the city.
“They may be new to the City Council, but they are definitely not new to the community,” Torres-Ferguson said. “We’re going to continue on the progress that Democrats have already made in the city. There’s been a lot of positive change and a lot of positive feedback from the community.”
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