Our 2018 Candidate: Baird for State Representative
Baird Welch-Collins is a lifelong and third generation resident of Waterford, Connecticut where he graduated from Waterford High School in 2013. He attended Connecticut College from 2013 to 2018 where he majored in Government and is obtaining his Connecticut Secondary Education Certification. While a full-time student at Connecticut College, Baird has worked as a private tutor and music instructor. He has also frequently performed as a popular local folk musician and plays several instruments including the Irish bouzouki, guitar, and Scottish smallpipes. Baird has served our community through his volunteer work at the Niantic Community Church, performances for charity fundraisers, trash clean-up events, and performances in local nursing homes. For hobbies, Baird is an avid outdoorsman and boater, blacksmith, and beekeeper.
Baird first ran for public office in 2015 and was successfully elected to Waterford's Representative Town Meeting in 2017 to represent the Second District. On the RTM, Baird was appointed to the Public Health, Recreation, and Environment Committee; Finance, Wage, and Personnel Committee; and Committee on Committees. Baird also serves on Waterford's Flood and Erosion Control Board where he was elected to serve as Treasurer. He was also made a Justice of the Peace for the Town of Waterford in 2016.
Baird was one of the only RTM candidates to publish a comprehensive platform during his campaign in 2017. He has quickly made strides towards enacting several new policies around town, such as proposing a common-sense municipal ban on the use of carcinogenic fracking waste on our roadways, and he has plans to introduce more legislative and administrative changes in the immediate future. His platform also focused on local economics, environmentalism, education, and government transparency, and he expects many of these issues to be large points of discussion throughout his campaign for State Representative in District 38.
Baird graduated from Waterford High School in 2013 and Connecticut College with his Bachelors in government and education. More about Baird and his official candidate committee, Baird for 38, and updates on both his campaign and legislative proposals can be found on his Facebook page. So far, he has been endorsed by the Waterford Green Party, the Democratic Party, the National Organization of Women, Our Revolution, and Planned Parenthood Votes Connecticut.
Our 2017 Candidates
The Waterford Green Party endorsed nine candidates for the 2017 municipal elections: one for each board with an opening. More information about our candidates can be found below, and you can see a full list of the candidates that will appear on the ballot from each party here. Waterford Green Party candidates have received numerous endorsements from community organizations, including AFT Connecticut, United Auto Workers, NARAL CT, and the UConn Graduate Employee Union.
Kevin Kelly - Board of Finance
Kevin Kelly is a long-time resident of Waterford, and has worked as a college administrator for over 35 years, where he gained an abundance of experience with finance and budgeting. Kevin now works at the University of Saint Joseph (W. Hartford) after 19 years at Mitchell College in New London. Kevin has also been an active member of our 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 for Project Bright (Mental Health & Suicide Prevention) Festivals and as a builder for the WATERFORDrama program at Waterford High School. He hopes to have your vote as a candidate for Board of Finance this year.
Deb Roselli Kelly - Board of Education
Deb has been an active resident and educator for many years. She is currently the Assistant Principal at East Lyme High School where she previously worked in the School Counseling Department for over 15 years serving as the Director for five. She obtained her Master's in School Counseling from the University of Southern Maine, and recently completed her 092 certification at Sacred Heart University. In her spare time, Deb volunteers with WATERFORDrama and is one of the primary organizers of Project Bright, a community organization that aims to promote mental wellness and suicide prevention. Given her experience with education and her dedication to the students she serves, she hopes to have your vote as a candidate for Waterford's Board of Education on November 7, 2017.
Endorsements: AFT Connecticut, NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut
Michael Buscetto III - Board of Assessment Appeals
Michael “Mike” Buscetto III has dedicated his life to improving the region of Southeastern Connecticut. Mike’s contributions to the community as a genuine leader have been recognized on a local and state level. He is the recipient of the Chamber of Commerce’s Revitalization of the Year Award (2009), Elks Citizen of the Year Award (2009), Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award (2012), New London Rotary “Unsung Hero” Award for Outstanding & Dedicated Service Committed to Economic Development (2012), OIC Community Champion Award (2013), Town of Waterford Champion for Children Award (2016) and the Boy Scouts of America Leadership Award (2016). Mike currently serves on the Cactus Jack Foundation Board of Directors, the Waterford Youth Services Advisory Council and the Waterford Board of Assessment Appeals. Mike currently owns and operates Filomena’s Restaurant in Waterford.
Billy Gene Collins - Zoning Board of Appeals
Dr. Billy G. Collins, a resident of Waterford for over 25 years, 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. Dr. Collins has four children, and has played an active role as a parent volunteer.
Darcy Van Ness - Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate
Darcy is a life-long resident of Waterford, currently working at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and formerly as a Library Technician at the Waterford Public Library. She is a recent graduate of the University of Connecticut, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies. She hopes that her campaign will help begin a larger community dialogue about accessibility for all in town, and that she will have your vote on November 7, 2017.
Andrew Frascarelli - RTM District 1
Andrew has spent his life living and working in the town of Waterford. He wishes to see the town continue to grow and prosper, and he is driven by the potential opportunity to play a positive role in its future. Andrew is currently an undergraduate student of music at the University of Connecticut. His passion for his studies neither differs nor detracts from his desire to help Waterford and its constituents. His campaign as a District 1 RTM candidate will focus on:
- Maintaining and continuing to develop an effective and well-rounded system of education.
- Promoting effective, economical measures for the improvement and conservation of the environment.
- Improvements made to local infrastructure.
- Encouraging greater public discourse and involvement in government.
Baird Welch-Collins - RTM District 2
Baird is a lifelong Waterford resident and an active member of the community. Baird is an appointed member of Waterford's Flood and Erosion Control Board, a Justice of the Peace, a government major at Connecticut College, the Co-Chair of the Green Party of Waterford, CT, and the Co-chair of the Green Party of Connecticut. His 2017 campaign for District 2 RTM will:
- Prioritize the importance of maintaining fiscal responsibility while encouraging the growth of a local, small-business economy.
- Demand adequate resources and support systems for Waterford's first responders.
- Protect Waterford's public spaces and unique coastal environment.
- Bring a future-focused approach to Waterford's municipal government that encourages transparency and public participation.
Joshua Steele Kelly - RTM District 3
Josh is a graduate student working to obtain his Masters in Public Administration at the University of Connecticut. He works in the University's Department of Public Policy as a Graduate Assistant and remains active in the Waterford School system as a substitute teacher. He has dedicated his life to service, having been elected as an alternate to the Waterford Zoning Board of Appeals in 2015, appointed as an alternate to the Waterford Conservation Commission in 2016, and appointed as a Justice of the Peace in 2017. Josh hopes to have your vote this November, and invites you to learn more about him, his background, his work outside of politics, and his positions on the issues on his website, joshuasteelekelly.com.
Endorsements: AFT Connecticut, United Auto Workers Region 9A, NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut, GEU-UAW UConn Graduate Employee Union Local 6950, and AFSCME Council 4.
Carl D'Amato - RTM District 4
Carl and his wife moved to Waterford in 2011 after their daughter was born so that she could grow up surrounded by grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Their family grew in 2013 when their son was born.
Carl earned his B.A. In English at Stonybrook University on Long Island where he grew up, and his Master of Arts in Teaching from Marylhurst I Oregon where he lived for many years. He has a professional history that includes over 10 years in the insurance industry and 6 years as an elementary educator. He believes that each person has something to offer to the community. Carl has previously volunteered time with animal shelters, literacy programs, and food cooperatives. As a representative in the town’s legislature, he will work to insure that Waterford remains a wonderful place in which to raise a family.
Endorsement: NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut
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