The 2017 candidates running on the Republican line for Common Council at-large will be incumbents Tremell Collins, Daniel Salerno, Daniel Davis, and James Sanders, Jr., along with newcomer Desiree Costa.
“The diverse experience that these candidates bring to the residents of New Britain is unmatched. Their records over the last year show that they are committed to working with their constituents to build on our successes,” said Mayor Erin E. Stewart. “Tremell Collins is a returning Common Council member who is active in the community and as a manager at a major retailer, understands the importance of having a vibrant and welcoming economic climate in our City. Alderman Salerno, a life-long Democrat, is a member of our “RUD” (Republican, Unaffiliated, and Democrat) caucus who has brought a unique and valued perspective to our Common Council discussions over his two terms. He has held dozens of Open Government Coffee Sessions to solicit feedback from the public. Daniel Davis, a former Republican Town Committee Chairman and former member of the Board of Education, knows the value in building community pride and building strong relationships among stakeholders. Jim Sanders, Jr, whose family has a long history of giving back to our community, is a small business owner who has a committed stake in helping to revitalize New Britain. Desiree Costa has experience in leadership rolls being the former President of New Britain Little League. A life-long resident, I am confident Desiree is a much needed addition to our team.”
“These candidates are committed to working with all residents and business owners to learn about how we can improve and grow as a City. They will uphold being good stewards of taxpayers’ money and are committed to my vision of finding ways to innovate, make government more efficient, and making our educational system more robust.”
Said Alderman Salerno, “I am running for a third term because we still have work to do in order to make our City are more competitive, livable, and innovative place. I want to further the progress and vision of Mayor Stewart and her administration. I enjoy interacting with the community and learning from them how we can make changes that will spur economic development, grow the Grand List, and make our students the most successful they can be.”
“I want to continue with the progress that we have made over the last several years. I want people to turn their heads when they hear ‘New Britain’ and come experience all the changes and surprises that we have to offer,” said Alderman Davis. “We are a community that won’t stop trying to find ways to make ourselves better and I want to continue being apart of that effort.”
Said Alderman Collins, “It has been a privilege to serve the residents of New Britain over the last two years. We have worked hard to make our City business friendly and welcoming to startups and innovators, partnered with community groups to ensure that all residents have equal opportunities in life, and have built on our reputation as an amazing place to raise a family.”
“I am excited to be running for a second term and look forward to continue helping move New Britain in the right direction,” said Alderman Sanders. “I am proud of the Mayor and our team for what we have accomplished and our willingness to work across party lines to get things done.”
“Mayor Stewart has shown true leadership during her past two terms,” said Costa. “She is an inspiration to women of all ages, and I couldn’t be more honored to join her team. I’m looking forward to helping her continue the progress she has made for the City of New Britain.”
Current Alderman At-Large, Christopher Polkowski, will finish out his term, but has said he will not seek re-election in the upcoming election as he will be moving after his term expires.
“It was a privilege to serve the residents of New Britain under Mayor Stewart,” Alderman Polkowski said. “I wish I could continue helping move the Mayor’s vision forward, however at this time I must do what is best for me and my family.”