We reached out to both the Killingworth Republican Town Committee and the Killingworth Democrat Town Committee and asked candidates to respond to a set of questions; if a candidate did not respond, their name is listed, so that you know who is running for each office.
Updates from all candidates are welcome, and will be published as Letters to the Editor. The questions posed to the candidates were:
Ben Charney (Democrat)
Charles E. Martens Jr. (Democrat)
I am a retired teacher, presently half way through my sixth decade, as a Killingworth resident. During that time I have had many opportunities to serve my community, including membership on the Town Picnic Committee, the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission, the Second Charter Revision Commission, the Housing Partnership, and the Lions Club. Taking advantage of those opportunities has been both educational and rewarding.
I feel I am well qualified to serve on the Zoning Board of Appeals. Being a three term incumbent of the ZBA and a former member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, serving twenty years, fifteen as chairman, I have gained the knowledge and experience that will be helpful in fulfilling the responsibilities of a Board member.
Killingworth has a well conceived Plan of Conservation and Development and the Zoning Regulations in place to guide the implementation of the Plan. A well qualified and effective Zoning Board of Appeals is a necessary part of that process.
Killingworth has a cadre of volunteers that contribute their time, energy, and talents to staff the numerous municipal boards, commissions and civic organizations that make the town such an attractive place to reside. The Democrats have selected a strong slate of candidates that has the knowledge and experience, especially at the top of the ticket, to continue to provide this town with effective and stable leadership.
Karen Vecchitto (Republican)
I have lived in Killingworth since 2002. I am married and both of my children have attended our wonderful school system. I have served my community as a volunteer coach with HK Rec and the H-K Soccer Club. I have also been a religious education instructor at St. Lawrence Church in the past. I currently belong to the Killingworth Lions Club.
I am running for the ZBA because I see this position as another way to serve this very special community that I call home.
ZBA is a small but very important component of our town government. The decisions made by the board impact real people, real families. I will learn all I can regarding the zoning regulations and make any decision fairly.
Killingworth is a wonderful small town. Even though we can’t always see our neighbors, we know they are there. People are always willing to lend a helping hand. You can’t get such a strong sense of community in city.
I possess a strong community spirit and am dedicated to making Killingworth a place where people want to live.
Karen Perry (Republican) ZBA Alternate
Stephanie Warren (Democrat) ZBA Alternate
I moved to Killingworth over twenty years ago, attracted by its rural nature and the friendly and positive feel of the Killingworth community. My (adult) kids are amazed that I have lived in Killingworth for so long, as previously I have lived all over the country. Killingworth has proven to be a wonderful community, with all of the country features that make it so beautiful and peaceful, and neighbors and friends who give meaning to “community.”
In order to give back to Killingworth, I have been serving on the Killingworth Conservation Commission (KCC) since 2001. In addition to working on conservation projects, I have also created Educational projects, displayed at the Killingworth Library. These have included information on Invasive plants, Dangerous (to wildlife) Discards, and several years of essay contests for children related to invasive insect issues. I’ve served as the KCC secretary for the past eight years.
Based on my work in that group, as well as my interest in protecting our area while also enhancing overall growth and development, I was appointed to the CT River Estuary Board (CREPA) and remained on that board until CREPA evolved in 2012 into the RiverCOG and the Lower Connecticut River Valley Regional Planning Committee (RPC) , where I continue to be an active member. On these two commissions, I have logged in over 12 years. My focus is to ensure that Killingworth town needs are incorporated into regional planning and development projects. Part of that role, in relationship to regional needs, is to work with the other members of the RPC to identify regional needs and how those needs can be met with benefit to the 17 towns, including our Killingworth-Haddam area, in the River Cog/RPC region.
I was elected to the Killingworth Planning and Zoning Commission (KP&Z) and served a term from 2013-2017. I agreed to spear-head the Town Survey that was sent to all Killingworth residents and was responsible for content analysis and statistical compilation of the responses from that survey. Results of that survey were incorporated into the new Killingworth Town Plan of Conservation and Development, and reflect the areas of importance to the residents.
I am now up for election to the Killingworth Zoning Board of Appeals, as an Alternate member. To that role I will bring my many years of experience with town and regional planning, zoning and development as well as general growth and development of our town and region.