Christine Cohen, State Senator – 12th District

    Christine Cohen is the state Senator representing the needs and wishes of the approximately 100,000 residents in the 12th District towns of Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison, and North Branford.

    Senator Cohen is the Senate Chair of the Environment Committee, Vice-Chair of the Commerce Committee, and she sits as a voting member on both the Planning & Development and Children’s committees.
    Learn more about Christine Cohen here

    Robin Comey, State Representative – 102nd House District

    Comey has been tapped to leadership positions including House Vice Chair of the Committee on Children, as well as co-chair of the CT Kid’s Report Card Leadership Committee, appointed to the State Advisory Council for Special Education and a member of the Education and Public Health Committees.

    She is dedicated to addressing issues facing Branford and Connecticut residents, from preserving the environment to advocating for health policies that improve access to care.
    Learn more about Robin Comey here

    Sean Scanlon, State Representative –

    Sean Scanlon is currently serving his third term as State Representative for the 98th District which includes Guilford and the eastern half of Branford (Stony Creek, Pine Orchard, Hotchkiss Grove). A native of Guilford, Sean attended public schools and graduated from Boston College. In the legislature he serves as House chair of the Insurance and Real Estate committee and as is a member of the Public Health and Finance committees. Outside of the legislature Sean serves as Executive Director of Tweed-New Haven Airport and lives in Guilford with his wife Meghan and son Jack.
    Learn more about Sean Scanlon here

    Raymond Dunbar – Board of Selectmen

    Raymond (Ray) Dunbar has provided a lifetime of service to the town of Branford. Ray’s service includes years with both the police and fire departments. He was one of Branford’s first EMTs, was a volunteer firefighter and lieutenant with Fire Co. #5. Ray worked for the police department, retiring as a Captain after 34 years of service.

    Ray’s experiences in the Police Department have provided him with a broad education in the Town and its operations. Since 1985, he has served on the boat crew that patrols Branford’s more than twenty miles of shoreline and protects the thousands of boats and boaters in the waters and harbors of Branford. Ray was also a regular presenter before the Board of Finance. In 2011 Ray was appointed the Emergency Management Director for the Town of Branford giving him the opportunity to establish a good working relationship with all town department heads. Elected as a member of the RTM, from 1997 to 2005, Ray represented the Fourth District and was elected to serve as the Moderator for his last two terms. In 2017, Ray was again elected to RTM, this time representing the Second District and has served as the Administrative Services committee.
    Ray and his wife Cindy live in the Stony Creek section of Branford. They and their two daughters all graduated from the Branford school system, his daughters obtaining graduate degrees. Ray served in the U.S. Navy from 1976-80, during which he worked repairing submarines.
    Email Ray Dunbar here

    Kurt M. Schwanfelder – Town Treasurer

    Kurt was an RTM First District Representative for 22 years, and during that time he held both the Majority and Minority positions as well as Chairman of the RTM Public Services Committee. He has also been a Police Commissioner, served as a member of the Board of Finance, and on the Board of Assessment Appeals. His more than 30 years of service has helped Kurt develop good relationships with town employees and leaders. Kurt is always available to listen to questions and concerns of Branford citizens and involve them in problem solving. Kurt was born and raised in Branford and has many family and business connections in the community. Kurt has been the owner and operator of Britain’s Automotive in Branford, for 46 years and he also owns and rents residential and commercial properties in town.

    Roberta Gill-Brooks – Tax Collector

    Born, raised and educated in Branford, Roberta is serving her 2nd term as Branford’s Tax Collector. Prior to her election as Tax Collector, she worked for AT &T for 31 years in Executive Customer Service. She is a Notary Public and a Justice of the Peace. Married with three sons, she is the daughter of former Branford Police Chief Robert Gill.
    Email Roberta here

    Claire Torelli – Representative Town Meeting, 1st District

    Claire is serving her 6th term as a member of the RTM. She serves on the Public Services committee. She previously served on the Administrative Services Committee. As the Front Office Receptionist for Branford High School, Claire cares deeply about her home town.
    Email Claire Torelli here

    Michele Sember – Representative Town Meeting, 1st District

    Michele is a Medical Secretary and has lived in Branford for over 20 years. She and her husband Rob have three children who all went through the Branford school system. She is a former PTA Co-President at Mary T. Murphy School. Michele has been a speaker at forums throughout the state and worked with many political leaders to help increase awareness of the opiate crisis that has been affecting Connecticut.
    Email Michelle Sember here

    DeeDee Hakun – Representative Town Meeting, 2nd District

    DeeDee has lived in Stony Creek for 27 years and has served as Assistant Democratic Registrar of the 2nd District since 2008. She has also served on the Stony Creek Association Board. After retiring from a successful career as an executive in retail, DeeDee has been active in pursuing a variety of interests; Ceramic Art, Animal Rescue and local civics.
    Email DeeDee Hakin here

    Peter Hentschel – Representative Town Meeting, 2nd District

    Peter Hentschel, AIA, represents District 2 on the RTM. He serves on the Rules and Ordinances Committee. A graduate of both Yale University and the Yale School of Architecture. Peter is the cofounder of Tecton Architects in Hartford, a multi-disciplinary design firm embracing new technologies. A licensed US Coast Guard ship’s Master, Peter has participated in several underwater archeological shipwreck excavations. He and his wife, Elizabeth, reside in Stony Creek.
    Email Peter Hentschel here

    Peter Jackson – Representative Town Meeting, 3rd District

    Peter is serving his fourth term on the RTM and serves on the Education Committee. A practicing architect, he was the Chair of the School Building Committee for the Murphy and Tisko Schools from their inception to completion. He and his wife Catherine moved to Branford in 1972 where they raised three children, all of whom attended Branford public schools.
    Email Peter Jackson here

    Linda Erlanger – Representative Town Meeting, 3rd District

    Linda represents the 3rd district on the RTM and serves on the Ways and Means committee. She is committed to helping the town of Branford address our environmental concerns, improve our community infrastructure and enhance our economic development with responsible, sensible and meaningful fiscal decisions. Linda is a long-term Connecticut resident and a Branford 3rd district homeowner for 16 years.
    Email Linda Erlanger here

    Ram Shrestha – Representative Town Meeting, 4th District

    Dan Adelman – Representative Town Meeting, 4th District

    Dan is serving his first term on the RTM and is on the Administrative Services Committee. An attorney in private practice in New Haven, Dan is the President of the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven. He has three children: a 24-year-old son and 20-year-old boy/girl twins.
    Email Dan Adelman here

    Shahida Soomro – Representative Town Meeting, 4th District

    Shahida moved to the United States in 2000 after being born and raised in Pakistan. Shahida moved to Branford because of the school system, train station, and diverse population. She has been active with the Food Allergy Network and was on the planning committee for the Branford Hill Park opening celebration. Shahida is currently serving on the RTM as an appointed member. Shahida has a B.S in Computer Science and Post- Baccalaureate in Health Information Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She works as a HIM Coordinator at the Cornell Scott Hill Health Center.
    Email Shahida Soomro here

    Tracy Everson – Representative Town Meeting, 5th District

    Tracy Everson is looking forward to meeting her neighbors and listening to constituents in Branford’s 5th District as an RTM member. Her award-winning career as a journalist for 23 years focused primarily on covering politics in Westchester County, New York. In 2009, she changed course, doing communications work for two powerhouse female elected officials, a District Attorney (now Chief Judge in NYS) and a State Senator (now Senate President and Majority Leader). Family ties and aging parents brought her home to Branford year-round in 2017; her family has summered in the Thimble Islands for four generations and she was baptized in town. Tracy is now a licensed agent at Century 21 AllPoints Realty. She is a member of the Branford Democratic Town Committee, serves as Vice-President/Membership Chair of the Friends of the Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library, as First Vice-President of the Thimble Islands Association, as a liaison from the Thimble Islands Association to the Stony Creek Association, and as a member of a Coastal Vulnerability Working Group. Tracy brings a fresh voice and a new perspective to issues in town, and looks forward to contributing even more to the community.
    Email Tracy Everson here

    Chris Sullivan – Representative Town Meeting, 6th District

    Chris has served on the RTM for ten years – as Moderator, R+O Chairman, and most recently, Minority Leader. He is on the Rules and Ordinances committee. The father of two daughters who attend Mary T Murphy School and the husband of a science teacher at Walsh Intermediate School, Chris cares deeply about the environment. As an RTM member, he successfully spearheaded the efforts to protect Branford from fracking waste. Chris currently works as an environmental analyst dealing with water quality issues with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).
    Email Chris Sullivan here

    Tom Brockett – Minority Leader, Representative Town Meeting, 7th District

    Tom is serving his second term as a member of the RTM and is on the Ways and Means and Public Services committees. A graduate of Branford High School, Tom is a lifelong resident of Branford. After graduating from Wesleyan University and UCONN Law School, he pursued a career in the practice of union-side labor law and is now retired. Tom is a Vietnam veteran and a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
    Email Tom Brockett here

    Donna Laich – Representative Town Meeting, 7th District

    Donna and her husband Bryan moved to Branford 18 years ago. She is a passionate environmentalist and is eager to work on issues that will preserve Branford’s shoreline beauty and sustainability. Donna recently retired from the Wallingford school system where she spent 35 years working as a teacher, school psychologist, and coach. In 2010 Donna was named “Teacher of the Year” at Mark T. Sheehan High School.
    Email Donna Laich here

    Meredith Gaffney – Board of Education

    Meredith Gaffney has been a Branford resident for almost a decade and is running for the Board of Education because she believes the education of our children is the future. As a member of the Board of Education, Meredith will work to ensure that all Branford children succeed. Her lens for equitable education comes from 30 years of social justice work. Meredith plans to promote sound policies that encourage innovation in our school system. She will be attentive to how the school budget is leveraged so the priorities of students and families are achieved. Meredith is originally from New Jersey and has spent a large part of her life living abroad working with the federal government and UNICEF. She moved to Branford for the family-centric community and school system. Meredith believes that raising a family takes a village & she is committed to making our Branford village the best that it can be.

    John Prins – Board of Education

    John Prins has served Branford as a Board of Education member for 17 years. In addition, he has been an officer and executive committee member of the CT Association of Boards of Education for 13 years.

    Ellen Michaels – Board of Education

    Ellen brings extensive experience to the Board of Education. She is a retired educator after working for 37 years in two Connecticut School Districts. Her experience includes work both in and out of the classroom and at the administrative level. In Ellen’s last role as a Director of Special Education, she was responsible for over 750 special education students, more than 160 staff, and she managed over a $20 million budget. Ellen received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Adelphi University in Speech Therapy and both a Master of Science Degree in Communication Disorders and a sixth-year equivalent from Southern Connecticut State University. Ellen earned certification in Administration and Supervision. Ellen currently serves on the Board of Education and chairs the policy committee and represents the Board on the ACES Board of Directors. She was also on the Branford Board of Education for 14 months in 2014-2015. Ellen’s community interests include volunteer work as a Literacy Tutor for The Jewish Coalition for Literacy, with the Homemakers Thrift Shop, the Democratic Town Committee and as a Board member on the Branford Early Childhood Collaborative. Ellen believes we must tap into each student’s unique abilities so they become productive citizens in our ever changing and diverse world, that every student has the ability to learn and to grow and it is a school board’s responsibility to provide them with such tools in order for them to achieve and to become contributing members of our society.

    Chad Edgar

    Chad Edgar moved to Branford in 2016. While relatively new to Branford, Chad grew up on the Shoreline (East Lyme) and has happily returned to his home state to raise two children with his wife and hopefully practice law at a less frantic pace than was the case in New York City. Chad views himself as relentlessly pragmatic and aims to find “win win” compromises in most situations, including the fundamental challenge of the next few decades for all small towns along the Shoreline: balancing rational growth against concerns for sustainability. Towns like Branford must grow in diverse ways in order to attract and retain talent but in a manner that assures careful stewardship of the environment. Also, as an ex-teacher, a parent and surrounded by public school teachers at all of his family reunions, Chad is particularly focused on assuring that Branford children receive a robust education that not only imparts knowledge but good citizenship.

    John O’Connor – Constable

    Married 53 years to Jean Charlotte O’Connor, John and his wife have two adult sons that attended Branford Public Schools K-12, two daughters in laws, and four teenage grandchildren. Growing up John was a summer resident of Branford and became a full time resident 53 years ago. He earned his undergraduate degree, Masters and Sixth Year Certification from Southern CT State University. Presently John is serving as Vice Chairman of the Branford Board of Education, spent many years on the Branford Human Services Board and is the past president of the CT High School Coaches Association. His professional career spanning over 33 years, included several years as a middle school teacher and 25 years as the School Psychologist at Branford HS and Walsh Intermediate. Also as the Branford HS swim coach for 32 years, John was recognized as CT coach of the year numerous times, five time New England coach of the year and in 2007 was named National swim coach of the Year. Has been inducted into Branford’s Sports and Education Hall of Fames and CT Coaches HOF. John believes the town of Branford, the Branford Public School system and the diverse students that attend are the best you could ask for, and he is proud to live in Branford.

    Charles E. Tiernan, III, Esq. – Constable

    Chuck is serving as Constable. A two-sport athlete, he was elected in 2011 to the Branford Sports Hall of Fame. A partner in the law firm, Lynch, Traub, Keefe, and Errante, he has been recognized in the publication, “Best Lawyers in America.” For over 15 years he has been an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University. Chuck and his wife, Marie, raised their son in Branford.

    Fran Walsh – Constable

    Fran is serving as Constable. Previously, he was elected to 5 terms as Branford’s Second Selectman in the administration of Unk DaRos. For 34 years, he worked as a teacher and administrator in the Branford Public Schools, retiring in 1994.

    Ronald Washington – Constable

    Ron Washington and his two brothers and sisters all attended Branford schools with Ron graduating from Branford High School in the Class of 1972. A Branford native, he played football for BHS, was named to the All-State Team and is a member of the Branford Sports Hall of Fame.

    Between 1983 and 1999 he was a patrol officer for the Branford Police Department, charged with the enforcement of state statutes and town ordinances, protecting the lives and property of residents and visitors. His duties included daily interactions with citizens and diffusing stressful situations. He was also part of the Special Response Team, which was called out for extreme situations. In 1999 he was promoted to the rank of Detective/Youth Officer, a position he held until 2013. He maintained all juvenile records and investigated criminal cases against children from inception to conclusion. He also dealt with the office of the New Haven State’s Attorney, Department of Children and Families, Department of Probation and various other local police departments. For twenty-nine years, Ron Washington served to protect his community and helped to educate its children, earning their trust, respect and admiration.