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WGP Endorses Baird for 38

Posted on August 19, 2018 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

38th District Greens Unanimously Endorse Baird for State Representative

Media Contact: Joshua Steele Kelly, chair@waterfordgreenparty.org

For Release: Sunday, August 19, 2018


Waterford, CT - On Saturday, August 18, 2018, the Waterford Green Party Chapter convened for their annual nominating convention, where the group has the ability to endorse candidates for office. This year, party members from across Connecticut’s 38th State House District made history by endorsing Baird Welch-Collins for State Representative.


Baird Welch-Collins is one of the founding members of the Waterford Green Party and currently sits on Waterford’s legislative body, the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), as a Green. In 2018, however, Welch-Collins registered as a Democrat and recently defeated two primary opponents to earn the Democratic Party’s endorsement for the position of State Representative. The Waterford Green Party’s vote on Saturday marks the first time in the state’s history that the Green Party has endorsed a candidate for state office who was not officially registered as a Green.


At the convention, Baird Welch-Collins spoke on a number of issues that are most important to him, including, but not limited to, environmental protection, sustainable economic development, and labor rights, all of which, he noted, have been central to the campaigns he ran as a Green and are integral parts of the Green Party’s platform. Baird’s progressive stances on the issues, past work with third parties, and passion to serve others made the endorsement a relatively easy decision for party members, who voted unanimously for it. Party members have long felt that the need for electing state legislators who are willing to fight against laws unfair to minor parties is great, and the endorsement of Welch-Collins may very well be the first step to seeing some of those much-needed changes made.


Baird will now appear on both the Democratic and the Green ballot line in the coming general election, and the Waterford Green Party is excited to have the opportunity to work across party lines in an effort to get an experienced and principled progressive like Baird elected to office.


More information about Baird’s campaign can be found on his website, BairdFor38.com.


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Waterford Green Party Expands Presence in Town Government

Posted on January 18, 2018 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (4)

Waterford Green Party Expands Presence in Town Government

Media Contact: Joshua Steele Kelly, chair@waterfordgreenparty.org

On Tuesday, January 9th, 2018, the Waterford Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to appoint Dr. Billy G. Collins and Alexander Kuvalanka to alternate vacancies on the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals and the Flood and Erosion Control Board respectively. The Waterford Greens now hold a total of 13 elected and appointed positions within the town government, as well as another 8 seats within the Representative Town Meeting’s (RTM) standing committees. This officially makes Waterford the town to have the greatest number of elected and appointed Greens in office in New England.

The Waterford Greens have been exceptionally active in the months since their tremendous success at the polls, when they won four seats on the RTM and another alternate seat on the Zoning Board of Appeals. The party has seen growth in membership and attendance at meetings, and the group has recently announced that they will be spearheading two new community projects, which includes hosting a series of speakers at the Waterford Public Library. The four legislators now seated on the RTM have created the state’s first Green caucus, and they are set to introduce their first round of legislation at the RTM’s February meeting. The WGP campaigned in 2017 on a platform that focused on governmental transparency, environmentalism, and fiscal responsibility.

The Party is actively seeking Waterford residents who are interested in serving on town boards and commissions. Those wishing to get involved are encouraged to contact WGP Chair Josh Kelly at chair@waterfordgreenparty.org. Specific party affiliation is not required to be nominated for such positions by the WGP.

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Waterford Greens Champion Community Service, Win Major Endorsements, Declared Largest Green Municipal Campaign in a Town in CT History

Posted on October 26, 2017 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (54)

Waterford Greens Champion Community Service, Win Major Endorsements, Declared Largest Green Municipal Campaign in a Town in CT History

Media Contact: Joshua Steele Kelly, chair@waterfordgreenparty.org

On Sunday, October 22, 2017, members of the Waterford Green Party (WGP) and the community-at-large took to the fields at Leary Park to remove litter from the area. Over a dozen individuals came out for the event, including candidates Joshua Steele Kelly (G/D), Baird Welch-Collins (G), Deb Roselli Kelly (D/G), Billy G. Collins (G), Carl D’Amato (G/D), and Mark Olynciw (D). Together, they helped clear several 20-gallon trash bags worth of litter from the park.

The Waterford Green Party has long championed community service. Their first public event, held a mere month after the Party’s founding, was a benefit concert for UNICEF’s Syrian Refugee Fund, which helped raise hundreds of dollars for children affected by the violence of that civil war. Since then, the party has raised hundreds more for charities around the world and held numerous clean-ups around town, in places like Waterford Beach, the Civic Triangle, Gardiners Wood Road, Stenger Farm, and more. Their clean-ups have helped remove hundreds of pounds of garbage from local ecosystems, and in turn have presumably helped to preserve natural systems, the lives of local wildlife, and the beauty of the town.

Additionally, the WGP has officially confirmed, thanks to the help of a database kept-up by the national Green Party, that the Waterford Green campaign in 2017 is the largest Green municipal campaign ever run in a Connecticut town. The WGP is represented by nine candidates on the ballot this year; seven of them are running as registered Greens, and two as cross-endorsed candidates. The only larger Green municipal campaign to run in the state was in the city of Stamford in 2011.

“The many, wonderful responses I have gotten from Quaker Hill voters shows that the people of Waterford are ready for new, honest, effective leadership” said Baird Welch-Collins, the Party’s founder and Co-Chair. “We’re proud to have garnered so much community support for our ideas and our movement, and that support is clearly demonstrated by the number of candidates and endorsements we’ve managed to attract” said Josh Kelly, the WGP’s other founder and Co-Chair.

The WGP’s candidates have, in fact, attracted every single one of the official endorsements given out by local and state organizations in Waterford’s elections this year. Four candidates were endorsed by NARAL CT, Deb Roselli Kelly (Board of Ed) and Josh Kelly (RTM D3) were the only two in town to be endorsed by AFT Connecticut, and Josh Kelly also received the endorsement of the United Auto Workers Region 9A Cap Council. The WGP’s status as a minor party only makes this feat all the more impressive.

"We are proud to endorse Josh", said Julie Kushner, UAW Region 9A's Director, "He is not only a smart and articulate candidate, but as a member of our union, we are confident he will be a principled and progressive member of Waterford's Town Meeting."

The WGP has been more active in its discussion of the issues and with public events in the weeks leading up to the election. It is the only party in town to have published an official platform to date, which outlines 39 different ways in which its candidates wish to improve Waterford. It is published publicly on their website, waterfordgreenparty.org, for all to be able to read and evaluate. The WGP will also be hosting two more events before Election Day: the Greens Music Night fundraiser with the New London Greens on Saturday, Oct 28, and a “Meet the Candidates” social at Filomena’s Restaurant from 4-6pm on Saturday, November 4th. Waterford voters head to the polls on November 7 to decide the composition of Waterford’s government.

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Self-Starter Josh Kelly Wins Prestigious UAW Endorsement

Posted on October 26, 2017 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (1)

Self-Starter Josh Kelly Wins Prestigious UAW Endorsement

Media Contact: Baird Welch-Collins, info@waterfordgreenparty.org,

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, the United Auto Workers Region 9A CAP Council voted to endorse just one candidate in Waterford’s municipal election: Joshua Steele Kelly for Representative Town Meeting in District 3.

This is the third endorsement Kelly has received from a community organization, also having received the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers CT and NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut, making him the most endorsed candidate in the town’s election. He is further endorsed by both the Waterford Democratic Party and the Waterford Green Party, and will appear on both lines on the November 7th ballot.

"We are proud to endorse Josh", said Julie Kushner, UAW Region 9A's Director, "He is not only a smart and articulate candidate, but as a member of our union, we are confident he will be a principled and progressive member of Waterford's Town Meeting."

Josh is a long-time resident of Waterford, having graduated from Waterford High School in 2013, becoming an Eagle Scout with BSA Troop 29 in the same year, and founding the town’s ever-growing Green Party in 2014. In 2015 he was elected to the Zoning Board of Appeals as an Alternate, and in 2016 he was appointed to the Conservation Commission in the same capacity. He graduated from Wheaton College (MA) with his BA in Political Science, and he is currently attending the University of Connecticut to earn his Masters in Public Administration.

The UAW’s constitution states that it seeks “to improve working conditions, create a uniform system of shorter hours, higher wages, health care and pensions; to maintain and protect the interests of workers under the jurisdiction of this International Union”. As both a member of the union and as an elected official, Josh aims to champion all of this and more. Josh is a proponent of labor rights, environmentalism, transparent government, 21st century education, and his campaign has aimed to inspire and promote forward-thinking on each of these subjects. He is the author of the Waterford Green Party’s 2017 platform, and both this and more about his views can be read at joshuasteelekelly.com/on-the-issues.

The Waterford Green Party has had a large showing so far in this year’s campaign, nearly doubling the size of their slate since the 2015 elections. Several other Green-endorsed candidates have also received endorsements from community organizations, including Deb Roselli Kelly for Board of Ed (AFT CT & NARAL CT), Baird Welch-Collins for RTM D2 (NARAL CT), and Carl D’Amato for RTM D4 (NARAL CT). The Party is hosting several events leading up to the election, including a Clean-up of Leary Park on Sunday, Oct 22, the Greens Music Night fundraiser with the New London Greens on Saturday, Oct 28, and a “Meet the Candidates” social at Filomena’s Restaurant from 4-6pm on Saturday, November 4th.

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Waterford Green & Democratic Candidates Endorsed by State Teachers Union

Posted on October 13, 2017 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (21)

Media Contact: Joshua Steele Kelly, chair@waterfordgreenparty.org

On Thursday, October 12, 2017, the American Federation of Teachers Connecticut Chapter voted to endorse two candidates in the upcoming Waterford municipal election: Deb Roselli Kelly for Board of Education and Joshua Steele Kelly for Representative Town Meeting in District 3. These were the only two candidates running in Waterford, from any political party, to be endorsed by the union, which is the organization that represents the teachers in the Waterford Public School system. In the letter of endorsement from Teri Merisotis, AFT’s Connecticut’s Legislative Advocate, Teri stated that the decision was based on the candidates’ “commitment to working families and advocating for issues that are important to AFT Connecticut’s members. Such as; protecting public sector jobs, maintaining quality public education, and protecting collective bargaining for workers.”

Deb Roselli Kelly is a Democrat that has been cross-endorsed by the Waterford Green Party, and Josh Kelly is a Green cross-endorsed by the Waterford Democrats. Josh Kelly has also received endorsements from NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut and the GEU-UAW UConn Graduate Employee Union Local 6950. Several other Green candidates have also received endorsements from other community organizations, and the party expects to receive more before the election on November 7th.

The Waterford Green Party has had a large showing so far in this year’s campaign, nearly doubling the size of their slate since the 2015 elections. Other Green-endorsed candidates include Kevin Kelly (Board of Finance), Mike Buscetto III (Board of Assessment Appeals), Billy G. Collins (Zoning Board of Appeals), Darcy Van Ness (ZBA Alternate), Andrew Frascarelli (RTM D1), Baird Welch-Collins (RTM D2), and Carl D’Amato (RTM D4). The party is hosting several events leading up to the election, including a “Meet the Candidates” social at Filomena’s restaurant on Saturday, November 4th and a clean-up of Leary Park on Sunday, October 22nd.

Additionally, the Waterford Green Party is the only party in town, to date, to have published a platform outlining their goals and views on town issues. The platform focuses on 21st century education, environmentalism, durable infrastructure, local economy, and government transparency. It can be read online at waterfordgreenparty.org/platform.

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Waterford Green Josh Kelly Re-appointed as Conservation Commission Alternate

Posted on October 3, 2017 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (15)

FOR RELEASE October 3, 2017

Waterford Green Josh Kelly Re-appointed as Conservation Commission Alternate

Media Contact: Baird Welch-Collins, info@waterfordgreenparty.org

On Tuesday, October 3, 2017, Waterford Green Party Chairman Joshua Steele Kelly took the oath of office and accepted his reappointment as an alternate to the town’s Conservation Commission. Kelly was originally appointed to the commission in 2016 to fill a vacancy. The new appointment’s term is five years, meaning he will serve in the position through 2022. This is the first reappointment or reelection secured by a member of Waterford’s Green Party since their founding in 2013, and it further demonstrates the dedication of the Green Party and its membership to service and the town.

The Party has secured a total of four appointed positions and one elected post since that time. Kelly was also elected to the Zoning Board of Appeals as an alternate in 2015, marking the Party’s first electoral victory. Baird Welch-Collins, the Party’s co-chair and a candidate for the Representative Town Meeting in District 2 this year, was recently appointed as a full member to the town’s Flood and Erosion Control Board, and has since been elected as that Board’s treasurer. Both Kelly and Welch-Collins are also appointed Justices of the Peace, and Kelly is a candidate for the Representative Town Meeting in District 3 this year.

The Green Party has had a large showing so far in this year’s elections, nearly doubling the size of their slate since the 2015 elections. Other candidates include Kevin Kelly (Board of Finance), Deb Roselli Kelly (Board of Education), Mike Buscetto III (Board of Assessment Appeals), Billy G. Collins (Zoning Board of Appeals), Darcy Van Ness (ZBA Alternate), Andrew Frascarelli (RTM D1), and Carl D’Amato (RTM D4).

Additionally, the Waterford Green Party is the only party in town, to date, to have published a platform outlining their goals and views on town issues. The platform focuses on local economics, environmentalism, durable infrastructure, 21st century education, and government transparency. It can be read online at waterfordgreenparty.org/platform.

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Waterford Green Party Nominating Petitions Approved, Pushes Platform

Posted on October 3, 2017 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

FOR RELEASE September 14, 2017

Waterford Green Party Nominating Petitions Approved, Pushes Platform

Media Contact: Joshua Steele Kelly, chair@waterfordgreenparty.org

On Thursday, September 14, 2017, the Waterford Green Party received confirmation from the Secretary of the State of Connecticut’s office that their nominating petitions were officially approved. Petitions were submitted before the state’s August deadline for five of the nine candidates that the party is running in the 2017 municipal election. Candidates required to petition to appear on the Green ballot line included Kevin Kelly (Board of Finance), Mike Buscetto III (Board of Assessment Appeals), Billy G. Collins (Zoning Board of Appeals), Andrew Frascarelli (RTM District 1), and Carl D’Amato (RTM District 4). Other candidates appearing on the Green ballot include Deb Roselli Kelly (Board of Education), Darcy Van Ness (Zoning Board of Education Alternate), Baird Welch-Collins (RTM District 2), and Joshua Steele Kelly (RTM District 3).

Due to Connecticut State Law, minor parties like the Green Party are required to petition in order for their candidates to appear on the ballot, unlike the two major parties. Ballot access is only maintained for minor parties after a candidate has petitioned and received more than 1% of the vote in a previous election. The Waterford Greens have maintained access for six positions since the 2014 and 2015 elections, and expects to increase that for each of the five positions they petitioned for this year.

This good news comes soon after the party released its 2017 platform, which outlines their shared vision for Waterford’s future. The platform focuses on local economics, environmentalism, durable infrastructure, 21st century education, and government transparency, and has overwhelmingly received positive feedback. The platform can be read online at waterfordgreenparty.org/platform.

Waterford Green Party Endorses, Releases Platform

Posted on October 3, 2017 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

FOR RELEASE September 1, 2017

Media Contact: Joshua Steele Kelly, Chair@waterfordgreenparty.org

Waterford Green Party Endorses, Releases Platform

Waterford, CT - On Saturday, August 26, the Waterford Green Party (WGP) unanimously voted to adopt their 2017 Platform. The document outlines five areas in which they wish to see town policy change: local economics, environmentalism, infrastructure, education, and government transparency. Under each category, the party puts forth numerous ideas for how to improve town management, maintain a balanced budget in the face of Millstone’s potential closure, lessen environmental damage, improve the quality of the education given to our children, and more. In total, the 2017 platform lists 36 ways in which the party wishes to change town operations, and the WGP is confident that the vast majority of these common-sense proposed policies will be of interest to liberal, conservatives, and independents alike. The WGP was the only political party in town to release its own platform in both 2015 and so far in the 2017 election cycle, and it hopes that the town will consider its proposals as they head to the polls on November 7th, 2017. The platform is available online at waterfordgreenparty.org/platform.

WGP candidates can be reached for comment at info@waterfordgreenparty.org. Beyond the campaigns, the Waterford Green Party is hosting a pasta dinner and trivia night at the Waterford Community Center on Sunday, September 17 from 5-8pm. Their next regular meeting will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, September 30, and all Waterford residents are welcome to attend. More campaign events are being planned and will be announced over the next few months on their website, waterfordgreenparty.org.

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Waterford Green Party Hosts Greens Music Festival, Launches New Branding

Posted on October 3, 2017 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

FOR RELEASE August 7, 2017

Media Contact: Joshua Steele Kelly, chair@waterfordgreenparty.org

Waterford Green Party Hosts Greens Music Festival, Launches New Branding

Waterford, CT- The Waterford Green Party held their inaugural Greens Music Festival on Saturday, August 5th. The event was held in the evening at the Cohanzie Firehouse, and was attended by dozens of members of the Waterford community and beyond. The festival featured nine different performances from local musicians and groups, including Baird Welch-Collins, who is currently a candidate for Waterford’s Representative Town Meeting in District 2. The festival helped bring people together to support the arts, each other, and the Green movement, and the organizers are very excited to see the many ways in which the event can be expanded next year.

The event helped to raise hundreds for Green Party campaigns in Waterford, and it also doubled as a launch event for the Waterford Green Party’s branding effort. The new brand has been totally incorporated into their website, and literature used in the 2017 campaign will also have a sleek look to match the new logo. The Party hopes that this overhaul will help to increase visibility around town and that recent changes to the website will help Waterford residents to better navigate it and find information about candidates, voter registration, absentee ballots, and more.

The Waterford Green Party is helping to produce the Bright Theatre Festival at East Lyme High School on August 11-12, which will aim to raise money to promote mental health and suicide prevention. Their next regular meeting will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, August 26, and all Waterford residents are welcome to attend. Other campaign events are being planned and will be announced over the next few months on their website, waterfordgreenparty.org.

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Waterford Green Party Files Petitions for Ballot Access

Posted on October 3, 2017 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

FOR RELEASE August 7, 2017

Media Contact: Joshua Steele Kelly, Chair@waterfordgreenparty.org

Waterford Green Party Files Petitions for Ballot Access

Waterford, CT - On Monday, August 7, 2017, Waterford Green Party co-chairs met at Waterford Town Hall with seven petitions to file with the Town Clerk. Due to state regulations around elections, any party outside the Democratic and Republican parties that have not previously run candidates for that office in the previous election are required to petition in order to put their candidates on the ballot. This year, the Greens were required to receive at least 49 signatures from registered voters in town in order to make the ballot. The Waterford Greens were successful in this endeavor, filing over 60 signatures before this week’s deadline. Candidates that required petitions included Kevin Kelly for Board of Finance, Michael Buscetto for Board of Assessment Appeals, Billy Gene Collins for Zoning Board of Appeals, Andrew Frascarelli for RTM D1, and Carl D’Amato for RTM D4. Candidates running for positions for which the WGP had already secured ballot access include Deb Roselli Kelly for Board of Education, Darcy Van Ness for Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate, Baird Welch-Collins for RTM D2, and Joshua Steele Kelly for RTM D3.

After this year’s election, the Waterford Green Party expects to hold ballot access for eleven different town and state offices, leaving them with only a handful to petition for in future elections. The 2017 election is shaping up to serve as a major milestone for the party that aims to continue to grow and become a staple within the Waterford town government and community at large.

WGP candidates can be reached for comment at info@waterfordgreenparty.org. Beyond the campaigns, the Waterford Green Party is helping to produce the Bright Theatre Festival at East Lyme High School on August 11-12, which will aim to raise money to promote mental health and suicide prevention. Their next regular meeting will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, August 26, and all Waterford residents are welcome to attend. More campaign events are being planned and will be announced over the next few months on their website, waterfordgreenparty.org.

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