The 2017 candidates running on the Republican line for Common Council in Ward 1 will be incumbents Wilfredo “Willy” Pabon and Jamie Giantonio. 


“Jamie and Willy have been instrumental in crafting solid, bipartisan policies that have helped reinvigorate our community,” said Mayor Erin E. Stewart. “I am proud of the work they have done to help spur economic development throughout the City and make our community a better place to live. Their leadership and ability to work with members of both parties has certainly made us a stronger City. They have been aggressive in returning us to financial stability and creating an environment where developers, residents, and investors have confidence in the direction of our City.”


“With dozens of new businesses opening up over the last two years—adding hundreds of new jobs—it is clear that New Britain is on the rise. I want to continue being a part of the work that Mayor Stewart is undertaking to create a new era of innovation and prosperity in New Britain. Part of that success has been her belief that no one party has a monopoly on what is right for New Britain,” said Common Council Pro-Tempore Jamie Giantonio.


Said Alderman Pabon, “As a small business owner, I know the difficulties that lie in making a new venture a successful one. Mayor Stewart has reorganized City Hall and offered up resources to make establishing a business in New Britain a welcoming and friendly process.  As our business community grows, we become more vibrant. I look forward to continue working with the Mayor and the residents of New Britain.”


Five-term incumbent Cheryl Blogoslawski will be seeking reelection as New Britain’s Tax Collector.


“The position of Tax Collector is not very glamorous, but it is a job that Cheryl takes very seriously and does very well,” said Mayor Stewart. “She feels a tremendous responsibility to this City and is so proud to continue the Blogoslawski Family tradition of public service. I am thrilled she has decided to seek another term.”


“I was raised in a family that believes very strongly in giving back to our hometown through public service,” said Tax Collector Blogoslawski. “Over the course of my time in office, I have sought to enhance the way our office interacts with taxpayers, to make it easier for them to pay taxes, and to maintain our consistently high rate of collection. While no one really relishes having to pay taxes, we try to make that process as simple, accurate and user-friendly as possible.”


Town and City Clerk, Mark Bernacki, will be running for re-election for the first time.


“Mark has done a phenomenal job bringing the Town Clerk’s office into the 21st century. He has moved many of the department’s services online, making it easier for residents, researchers, and developers to access the vital records that they need,” said Mayor Stewart. “He has sought out unique grant opportunities to digitize our records and has made it a priority to make government more accessible.”


“Bringing 24/7 technologies, transparency, greater accessibility, and a small business customer centric approach to the town clerk’s office were my top priorities. It could only be accomplished through the hard work and dedication of the Town Clerk and IT staffs. Mayor Stewart’s vision and support on implementing these strategies were critical in our success. I would be an honor and privilege to continue serving the people of New Britain,” Bernacki said.


Also running for re-election will be City Treasurer Mark DeGrandis.


“For the past two years, Mark has done a great job helping New Britain regain its fiscal stability,” Mayor Stewart said. “Mark’s financial background as a certified public accountant plays a vital role in his job as City Treasurer.”


“The job that Mayor Stewart has done with our City’s finances is remarkable,” said DeGrandis. “To see New Britain go from almost being on the brink of bankruptcy, to the position we are in today, is something many others should take notice in. I look forward to running for re-election on Mayor Stewart’s team and continuing to help the City of New Britain.”  



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.”


NEW BRITAIN — The 2015 candidates running on the Republican line for Common Council at- large will be incumbent Daniel Salerno, as well as Piotr “Pete” Ceglarz, Daniel Davis, Christopher Polkowski, and James Sanders, Jr.

“This is one impressive at-large slate,” said Mayor Erin E. Stewart. “All of them have vast campaign experience and deep roots in the community. Pete Ceglarz just ran a very competitive race for State Representative in 2014 and is the owner of Ceglarz Motors on West Main Street. Dan Davis has served on the Board of Education for two years and is constantly volunteering whenever he has a free moment. Chris Polkowski has served with distinction as the Chairman of our Board of Water Commissioners and has successfully managed several multi-million dollar projects as an engineer for the City. Jim Sanders, Jr. is a proud business owner & developer on New Britain’s east side and seeks to continue his family’s commitment to quality public education. These individuals are totally committed to New Britain’s success and I know they will work tirelessly to earn the support of their friends and neighbors.”

“Alderman at-large Danny Salerno has made an indelible impression during his first two years on the Council,” continued Mayor Stewart. “While he is a lifelong Democrat, he is a proud member of our “RUD” (Republican, Unaffiliated and Democrat) caucus and brings a unique and valuable perspective to everything we do. He has hosted gatherings across the City, where residents can come for coffee and speak with him directly. There is no question in my mind that Danny has earned a second term on the Council, and I am confident that the residents of New Britain will agree.”

Said Alderman Salerno, “I am running for second term because we have only begun the process of turning New Britain around, and I want to further the progress and vision of Mayor Erin Stewart and her administration. It has always been my intent to be the most proactive Alderman I can be. We must continue implementing policies that will spur economic development, grow the Grand List, and secure a 21st century education for all children.”

“Thanks to Mayor Stewart, New Britain is moving in the right direction,” said Piotr Ceglarz. “Being a small business owner in town, I know what it takes to make tough choices, manage costs, and create jobs. We have a great opportunity this November to make this City great again, and I hope to be a part of that.”

“New Britain needs to continue bringing in additional businesses and employers,” said Daniel Davis. “We also need to focus on highlighting all the wonderful things this community has to offer. We have good schools, safe streets, and an economy that is starting to come back. Most importantly, we have great people, and I look forward to meeting many of them on the campaign trail.”

Said Christopher Polkowski, “The chance to improve the City I love is what drove my decision to run for Common Council. I believe in promoting smart economic development, reducing the City’s debt so that our bond rating can continue to increase, and making sure that everything is done in a transparent and ethical manner. New Britain is my home and I want to do everything I can to make it the best home it can be for all our residents.”

“I decided to run for Alderman at-large because I truly want to see New Britain succeed,” said Jim Sanders, Jr. “Our Mayor needs a team with commitment, knowledge and experience to accomplish her vision and I believe I bring those traits to the table. No one wants to see New Britain become the “hard-hittin” place it once was more than me, and I will be working my hardest to earn this City’s support.”