By KAITLYN NAPLES
Last week, the Plainville Republican Town Committee held a caucus to endorse candidates for their slate in this upcoming municipal election.
For Town Council, the Republican Party can choose five individuals to run for a seat, and three incumbents have secured their spots on the ballot.
Endorsed for a second time is current Town Council Chair Kathy Pugliese. Also in the running is current Council Vice-Chair Scott Saunders. Incumbent Councilor Lee Toffey also was endorsed last week, along with two newcomers Danny Carrier and Deborah Tompkins. A sixth individual, Laurie Peterson was endorsed. However, after a paper ballot was held she was not placed on the ballot. Peterson can still primary for a spot on the November ballot, or choose to run for another office, or not run at all.
Current Councilors Dan Hurley and Rick Drezek decided not to run for re-election this year.
Members of the committee wanted to know more about the newcomers, and Carrier introduced himself, and described himself as “blue collar.”
Carrier is married with two children and described himself as “conservative by nature.” He added he doesn’t have a political background, however has followed elections and his family is involved in local and statewide politics.
Spots on the Board of Education are also on the ballot this year. The Republicans have endorsed four individuals as of last week. Current Board of Education chair Andrea Saunders was endorsed to run for another term, along with incumbent Brent Davenport, who replaced Robert Anderson in the middle of his term. Newcomer Ezio Capozzi was also endorsed, and a vacancy committee was formed to secure another candidate for the Board of Education spot.
Nancy O’Toole was endorsed to run for Library Trustee. Ezio Capozzi, Bill Brayne, Gail Pugliese, and Anthony Bartolotta were endorsed to run for the constable positions.