News & Updates
|Posted on July 5, 2015 at 10:50 PM|
FOR RELEASE July 5th, 2015
Media Contact: Joshua Steele Kelly, Chair@waterfordgreenparty.org
Waterford, CT- The Green Party chapter in Waterford held its official nominating convention for the 2015 municipal elections at 2pm on Sunday, July 5th, at their headquarters at 9 Farmstead Lane. After discussion of the merits of each candidate, the Waterford Green Party (WGP) decided to formally endorse five (5) individual candidates for election in the 2015 cycle. Candidates endorsed include Kevin Kelly for Board of Education, Baird Welch-Collins for RTM District 2, Deborah Roselli Kelly for RTM District 3, Joshua Steele Kelly for Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate, and Billy Gene Collins for Board of Selectmen.
Bill Collins, a long-time resident of Waterford, Connecticut, won ballot access last year as a Green Party candidate for the 38th State House of Representatives district. Dr. Collins grew up in Kansas and, after serving in the US Navy on the USS Boston, moved to Rhode Island after completing his PhD in American literature at Kansas State University. He began his teaching career at the University of Rhode Island, where he served on various educational committees. After moving to Waterford, he taught at Waterford High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. He has lived in Waterford for over twenty-five years. Dr. Collins has four children and has played an active role as a parent volunteer. He is also a member of the Niantic Community Church, and since joining the Green Party, he has helped organize support for the Party and platform development. When asked about his campaign, Bill stated, “I am interested in preserving Waterford’s natural resources, improving the town’s crumbling infrastructure, and improving our local school system.”
Joshua Steele Kelly, raised in Waterford, CT, is currently a student of political science, and hopes that he put his passion for helping others to good use as an elected official in Waterford. Currently a Co-Chair of the Waterford Green Party and a life-long, active community member, he has been very engaged with town activities and decision-making processes, frequenting a variety of town meetings to express opinions and share unique points of view. As a Green, he has a vested interest in the environment, and believes that he can help the town consider environmental impact as an alternate member of the Zoning Board of Appeals. He hopes that he may put his experience and enthusiasm to good use, and believes that fellow community members will find him to be an extremely dedicated addition to the municipal government.
Deborah Roselli Kelly has been an active resident and member of the Waterford community for many years. She is currently the Director of School Counseling at East Lyme High School, and has worked in the School Counseling Department for over 14 years. In her spare time, Deb volunteers with WATERFORDrama at Waterford High School and is one of the primary organizers with the Bright Music Festival. As a community organizer and educator, Deb hopes that she can bring her experiences to the RTM in a meaningful way.
Baird Welch-Collins has been a lifelong citizen of Waterford, Connecticut. He has been involved in activism and politics for many years with a special interest in environmentalism and social justice, and currently serves as the Executive Director of a startup non-profit. Baird is also a local folk musician whose political beliefs come across through his songs. When asked about his campaign, Baird stated, “my campaign will focus on long-term environmental and economic sustainability, and I hope that my campaign will bring ideas of grassroots democracy and accurate representation to the town.”
Kevin Kelly is a long-time resident of Waterford, and has worked in the field of education for his entire life. Working as an administrator at Mitchell College in New London, Kevin has had a unique opportunity to learn both about education at the college level and about what high school preparation can best make a college applicant and a college student successful. He has also been active and engaged as a parent of two now-graduates of Waterford Public Schools, and believes that he can share his insight as a member of the Board of Education to make beneficial changes that will further promote student learning. Kevin has also been an active member in the community by serving as a member of the St. Paul Church Parish Council, as well as serving as an officer in both Waterford Little League South and Waterford Senior League. In his spare time, he volunteers as a builder for the WATERFORDrama program at Waterford High School.
The WGP will begin helping the candidates campaign and collect signatures to obtain ballot access in the next few weeks, and will work diligently to help educate the Waterford community about the platform of the Green Party, as one of the many challenges the Party faces is a general lack of awareness.