© 2018 by Coventry Republican Town Committee. Matthew O'Brien Sr, Treasurer.

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES FOR NOV 5th 2019 ELECTION

 

FOR TOWN COUNCIL

 

  • Entrepreneur and Coventry small business owner

  • Legal Assistant

  • Served on Coventry Board of Education '03-'05, Town Council Chairwoman '05-'07, Town Council Member '07-'11, and '15- present

  • Windham Region Council of Governments member and Secretary

Julie Blanchard
*Incumbent*
  • Recently moved to Coventry from Windham

  • Served on Windham Board of Finance '86-'99 (Chairman '90-'99)

  • Oversaw the entire budget for the town and Board of Ed

  • Businessman, designer, carpenter

  • Owns Willimantic Interior Design Gallery

  • Greatest Asset is bringing people together for the good of the community

  • Will bring business skills to make the town government more fluid, less regulatory, and more transparent.

  • "We need to work together. We must all be on the same page- let's make Coventry the best place that we can by making it affordable and a great place to work and live."

John French
  • Successful small business owner in Coventry, 34 years

  • MBA in Finance

  • Served 5 terms on the Coventry Town Council

  • Has Chaired the Town Council Finance Committee

  • Served as Coventry's representative on the Rt 6 issue

  • 29-year resident of Coventry

  • "I enjoy digging into the numbers and the language of contracts/proposals to make certain that they meet our goals while keeping our taxes low."

Matthew O'Brien Sr
*Incumbent*
  • Coventry small business owner

  • Served on the Coventry Town Council '13-'15

  • Established the open space fund to protect Coventry's rural character and spearheaded the drive to "dump the green bags."

  • 2 Terms on Coventry Board of Education, one as Vice Chair and the other as a member of the Finance Committee

  • Experience in budgeting, contracts, and the development of technology programs

Richard Williams
  • Chairman of the Coventry Republican Town Committee

  • Financial Advisor specializing in investment services

  • Has lived in Coventry for 29 years

  • Will focus on improving the town budget, keeping Coventry out of additional debt, and minimizing taxes

  • Ran for Republican State Party Chairman in 2019

  • Matt and his wife Pamela, also a lifelong Coventry resident; just welcomed their first child Nathaniel, born in June

Matthew O'Brien Jr

FOR BOARD OF EDUCATION

 

  • Has lived in Coventry for 19 years

  • UConn honors student (4.0 and Deans list)

  • Aspires to attend Medical School after he earns his Material Science and Engineering degree

  • Camp concilor at Coventry's Camp Wangumbaug, 3 years

  • "I will bring a fresh set of eyes and understanding to what is needed in all levels of education to help students craft their futures in the best way possible. We will ensure that all students achieve their maximum potential to pursue whatever path they choose."

Robert Williams
 Christina Williams
  • Mother of 4, all 5 years old and under

  • First in her family to go to college, and the first to graduate

  • Father was career Air Force- "I was brought up with military values, and military respect."

  • Has worked as an engineer for 17 years

  • Created a new process for updating aircraft software for $450k, and saved over $14M and 10 years of work.

  • Greatest asset is her ability to innovate and find creative cost-effective solutions to problems

  • "I will raise the bar on education. Our town's socioeconomic status will not dictate our ability to create opportunity."

  • Intends to listen to the community, volunteer in the schools, and innovate to problem solve.

  • Mother of 3, 25 years in Coventry

  • Barbara comes from a long line of educated business managers, owners, and teachers

  • Served on the South Windsor Planning and Zoning Board from '08-'12

  • Years of service coaching youth sports, leading young girls in Brownies and Girl Scouts

  • Board of Directors YMCA Camp Jewell, volunteer at Lowell National Historical Park, Southington 50th Apple Harvest Festival Committee

  • Small Business owner, Photography

  • 22 years as a health and wellness event manager for large companies around the State

  • Passion for getting things done the right way

  • Recognizes the value of our children

  • Will use business skills to re-write policies that will ensure quality education and safety

  • #1 goal is transparency in budget preparation

  • Better schools bring more families, and better businesses to town.

Barbara Pare
  • Four-term incumbent on the Coventry BOE

  • 43 years of experience in public education

  • Experienced education consultant, long range strategic planning

  • Knowledge of all aspects of school management

  • Currently serving as district technology liason for BOE, and Chairs the Board of Education Transportation Committee

Bill Oros
*Incumbent*