Judy Goldfarb for Board of Assessment Appeals

Judy Goldfarb currently serves on the Board of Assessment Appeals, balancing tax fairness of our citizens with the needs of the town. She has attended several workshops to hone her skills in doing this challenging work. Her previous work as a child and family advocate has given her the experience of listening carefully that she applies to appeal hearings.

Jessica Labbe, Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate

As a young, life-long resident of Haddam, Jessica wants to give back to the community that has given so much to her and others. She brings a young perspective to the zoning board of appeals, and will foster conversations about what Haddam should look like now and in the future. Jessica believes that balancing aesthetics and business growth is key to a vibrant, affordable community.

We need everyone to get out and vote. If you are away at school or are unable to get to the polls on November 7th, you can still vote via absentee ballot . Click on the link, fill it out and mail it to the Town Clerk’s office. You will be sent a ballot to fill out. Simply mail it back to the town clerk.

Robert Braren, Planning and Zoning Alternate

Robert is a registered architect with over 32 years of experience on a wide range of project types from residential, retail, mixed-use, municipal and public schools to transportation. He has served on the planning and zoning commission for four years and the last year on the HKHS building committee.

Robert’s professional background and experience provide him with the ability to assess the viability and appropriateness of proposed projects that come before the commission. He will also help shape regulations that encourage responsible development, and improve our town centers and tax base, while maintaining Haddam’s rural character.

Three-Way First Selectman Candidate Debate Tues., Oct. 24th

Debate Between First Selectman Candidates October 24th

The three candidates for First Selectman, Sean Moriarty (D), Lizz Milardo (R) and Jonathan Wintsch (U) will participate in a three-way debate on Tuesday, October 24th at 7 p.m. at the Haddam-Killingworth High School auditorium. It will be monitored by the League of Women Voters. The debate will be streamed live on Facebook and broadcast by HKTV cable channel 18.

Gerry Matthews, Board of Education

My name is Gerry Matthews, and I’ve lived in Haddam for thirty-six years. I am proud of my two grown children and four talented, good-looking grandchildren, all of whom accompanied me in running the Haddam Neck 5K road race this Labor Day weekend where I came in first in my age division. I have served on the Haddam Historical Society Board of Directors, was a founding member of the Farmers’ Market and Higganum Vision Group and currently serve as President of St. Peter Church Parish Council and hold the office of Lecturer with the Knights of Columbus. I’m the oldest of five kids. My father was a noted stained glass artist; Princeton’s chapel, West Point Academy, the UN Building and Bewley’s in Dublin, Ireland  are a few of the windows he created.  Before raising our family, my mother was executive secretary with a law firm. She concluded her career as secretary to the President of St. Joseph’s University in PA.

I am thankful for having received an excellent education.  I worked my way through college, completing my undergraduate degree at a liberal arts university with a major in physics and a minor in math.  I hold nine electronics/computer-related patents, started three companies and in 1980, received the “Instrument of the Year” award from Science magazine for a product I developed. In 1995 I became an apprentice for a master woodworker in New London and currently enjoy making special furniture and woodwork pieces for friends, family and special installations.  In 2013 I created six Flying Monkey whirligigs for the Florence Griswold Museum’s “Wizard of OZ” Faerie Village exhibit.

I am interested in representing the interests of the people of Haddam as a member of the Board of Education.  I highly value the benefits of a good education for the individual, the family and the community. Everyone in today’s fast-moving society needs to understand how life works in order to survive and thrive.   In addition to the benefits for the individual, education advances the interests of the community by developing citizens who will enhance the greater good for everyone.  My extensive educational experience has confirmed for me the paramount importance of gifted teachers. I intend to be a strong advocate for teachers and their empowerment.

Haddam spends over seventy-five percent of its tax revenues on its school system; a huge amount.  Just a walk through any of our school buildings and grounds demonstrates how our kids are treated to the best education facility and resources that money can buy.

I believe it’s important to measure this very sizable ongoing community investment by the benefit it provides our town.  Our taxes are meant to insure that our town has the resources to provide a safe and satisfactory life and future for its citizens.

However, most of the kids we generously nurture leave town. Why? Often it’s because the lack of jobs and the high taxes makes living here very expensive. Then their parents, empty nesters, leave too, to follow the kids and/or to reduce their living expenses.  Our lavish investment in these kids’ futures becomes some other community’s asset and, at the same time, presents a deterrent to Haddam’s economic growth.  This has become a vicious cycle in our town.

This dangerous spiral we face is intensified by the failure of the state to treat Haddam fairly through an equitable allocation of the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) support.  The state has its own financial burdens which it is attempting to lessen by reducing expenses.  We need to adopt a similar approach by making sure that our funds are spent wisely and eliminate expenses that do not benefit the education of our kids.  Despite a declining student population, the administrative layers in our education system have increased.  We were spoiled by the nuclear power plant largess and need to carefully examine the advisability of adding to the spiraling administrative layers we have built up in our education budget.  We need to restore the frugal New England habits of our heritage and concentrate our spending on assuring teaching excellence for our kids.

Although SAT Math score is weaker than I’d like to see, Haddam does enjoy a good reputation for a quality school system. This reputation must be maintained.

Haddam is confronted by an imbalance that must be addressed and fixed.  We need to focus on essentials, emphasize a return to the basic needs of students and avoid ever spiraling levels of administration. I intend to work hard as a member of the Board of Education to thoroughly examine the cost structure of our education system while enhancing the education benefits provided by our schools. I urge every Haddam voter to turn out and show by your vote for me that you want your Board of Education to concentrate on rewarding teacher excellence while reducing administration expenses so that our town can thrive into the future.

Chili Cook-Off and Crankin’ Up the Heat with Our Dem Campaign Next Sun., Oct. 15th!

Help us turn up the heat on Sunday, October 15, 12:30-3 at the Old Town Hall, 21 Field Park Rd, Haddam. Sample homemade chili and vote for your favorite in our Chili Cook-Off! Learn what’s going on in Washington, D.C. and Haddam with updates from special guest Congressman Joe Courtney and our First Selectman Candidate Sean Moriarty.  Get psyched as we rally for the next few exciting weeks before the election, Nov. 7th. Click for details and to RSVP here.


Mark Lundgren, Board of Finance

The Board of Finance needs some ‘fresh blood’. I will bring a new perspective to how things are done. I will fight the party politics which produce a ‘smoke and mirrors’ budget that this year has income placed in the expense side only to make the appearances of lower expenses.

Haddam can never be competitive with lower Middlesex County towns when it has the highest mill rate.  Read more here.


Jason Esteves, Zoning Board of Appeals

If elected, I will bring a fair and balanced approach to Haddam’s Zoning Board of Appeals and will improve the communication link between the residents and the board’s public hearings with social media. I would also take into careful consideration any objections by neighboring property owners when deciding on potential zoning changes to ensure we are not creating disorganized spot zones. 

It is critical to research and discuss each appeal carefully in order to preserve and protect our rural town from spot zoning, industrial development, and sprawl.  Read more here.