Democrat Curtis S. Read served Bridgewater for many years before being elected first selectman in 2013. He served 26 years on the Bridgewater Conservation & Inland/Wetlands Commission and was chairman for about 10 of those years.

He also has served for decades on the Northwest Conservation District board and has been chairman for the last 17 years.

As first selectmen, Curtis accomplished the following:

Facilitated the establishment of the Burnham School after-school program for working parents.

Facilitated the recruitments of 12 new tuition-paying kindergarten students at Burnham.

Organized construction of a new entrance to the Bridgewater Senior Center, paid for by town taxpayers with private match.

Removed four leaking underground fuel tanks next to town buildings.

Renovated the town recreation area pavilion.

Provided new drainage networks for the recreation pavilion and senior center.

Created a new parking lot for the town soccer field.

Repaired and renovated the front entrance and chimneys at the Burnham Library.

Secured grants to build the wide walkway from Burnham School to Town Hall.

Shared a resident state trooper with Roxbury, saving more than $90,000 per year, and;

Lowered property taxes in three of the last four years.

Curtis Read is experienced, highly qualified and has produced results as Bridgewater’s first selectman. For these reasons, I will vote for him. We are fortunate that he is willing to serve again.

Ed Wainwright
Bridgewater, CT

Republican American, October 21, 2017