"The town runs very, very well," said Ward Mazzuco, chairman of the Republican Town Committee. "People generally have no complaints about how the selectmen handle town affairs and are very happy to see all of them return for another term."
"Redding residents share a vision for our town that transcends political affiliation," she said in July, when the political caucuses backed her.
The only contested races in next month's election are for two seats on the Board of Finance and two seats on the Region 9 Board of Education.
Running for the Board of Finance are Republican Christina Kearney and two Democrats, Nick Simeonidis and Kurt Streams.
Kearney wants to replace longtime Board of Finance member Jim Cotton, who is stepping down. She wants to continue his "prudent" fiscal policies.
Simeonidis and Streams, both finishing terms on the school board this year, want to bring change.
"I want to improve the financial planning and forecasting of the finance board," Streams said. "We need to see ahead clearly -- see what's coming up and plan well, then move ahead."
Streams noted that the finance board is losing two of its "most experienced" members, with Mary Anne Guitar and Cotton stepping down.
Running for the Region 9 school board are incumbent Julia Pemberton and newcomer Joe Ventricelli on the Democratic slate, and Republicans Christopher Hocker and Frank Taylor.
"Julia, as chairman, has done an incredible job," said Karen Dolan, Democratic Town Committee chairman. "She's presented budgets the past couple of years that held costs to an average 6.8-percent increase.
"Joe Ventricelli brings both legal and zoning experience and was the former chairman of the Parks and Recreation Committee," Dolan said. "He brings skills and understanding of fields and building needs, along with his legal skills."
The Republicans are dissatisfied with the way the Region 9 board has been functioning, Mazzuco said. So it is running two candidates with strong desire to improve the board's communication with the community and to bring long-term planning to the board.
"They continue to react to problems. They don't take enough of a proactive stance," Taylor said. "Their biggest single failing is having no strategic plan for the school in place. We need to have that to understand the impact on future budgets and future academic needs."
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