Groton – The City's Democratic Commission has announced it has endorsed Mayor Keith Hedrick and a slew of candidates for the May 3 municipal election, while City Councilor Aundre Bumgardner has announced that he will be collecting signatures from residents to challenge Hedrick in a Democratic 8th pre-election. March.
Last Thursday, Democrats backed Megan Peters as city secretary as city secretary Deb Patrick retires after 22 years of service. For the City Council, they supported Gweneviere Depot, Deputy Mayor, Rashaad Carter, Lisa McCabe and Stephen Sheffield, as well as Paul Norris and Chris Piazza.
Hedrick, who is also the chair of the Democratic Commission, said: “We have a diverse group of candidates this time, as we usually do, and we have very strong candidates who represent the city and are open to listening to the concerns of the citizens. and work for the citizens in the city of Groton. "
At last Thursday's meeting, Hedrick, who is running for his third term as mayor, received 14 votes and Bumgardner, a former state representative, received 3 votes, according to a committee press release.
Hedrick said in the press release that he improved services over his two terms, while cutting taxes for three years and holding them up last year. The release also cited Groton Utilities' installation of electric car charging stations in Washington Park and the mayor's efforts to keep residents and workers safe during the pandemic while continuing to provide services.
"Mayor Hedrick has developed strong community partnerships with Groton Town, regional cities, local businesses and non-profit organizations," the publication said. “There are 16 companies that have expanded or are new to the city. City police use body cams and have an improved radio system. The city police are at the forefront of the community police by establishing a program for working with people on the autism spectrum and plans to extend this to people with dementia. Over the past year, the Police Community Together team was established to tackle criminal justice issues. ”
Bumgardner said in a press release that the outcome of the January 14 committee meeting "came as no surprise, and is only the beginning of our effort to pave the way for Groton City, focused on prudent and progressive leadership."
“A week after I announced my candidacy, I am overwhelmed by the support of hundreds of city residents and my fellow Democrats on the city committee,” he added.
“Beginning (January 15), while maintaining social distance and adhering to public health guidelines, I will be knocking on the door and meeting residents across the city to listen to their concerns, share our vision and ask for their support in running our community in a new direction – for everyone, ”he added.
Bumgardner also called on the mayor and city council "to provide sufficient resources for the upcoming Democratic primaries on Monday, March 8, so that the office of the city secretary and the voters' clerk can ensure that voters have access to the democratic process. and vote safely during the ongoing pandemic. "
Hedrick said, "We will do everything we can at this time to make sure that the primary and main elections are safe." He added that last year the city showed in the municipal building and the Zbierski house that it was able to hold safe elections, with social detachment, during the pandemic.
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