GOP fields full slate for Groton City Council

Groton - Candidates for Groton City Council support sharing services with the town if it's done fairly, and most believe the potential loss of revenue from Pfizer Inc. and the need for more economic development are among the city's most pressing concerns.

City Republicans offered one candidate in the last election, but this year fielded a full slate for the six-member council and a challenge to Democratic Mayor Marian Galbraith.

Much of the Republican energy came from the failed cable venture Thames Valley Communications, but candidates also expressed strong views about the need to share services with the town to save money. Many have specified that this is not the same as consolidating the city and town.

Democratic candidates list among their priorities preserving current services while keeping taxes low, and supporting local business. Individual candidates mentioned expanding youth programs or ensuring the city receives its "fair share" from the town as pressing issues.

Keith Hedrick is the sole Republican incumbent. The Republican slate includes former Democrats Jay Dempsey and Michael Boucher, both critics of the city's handling of the cable venture.

On the Democratic side, Galbraith is seeking her second term as mayor. She ran unopposed the first time but now faces a challenge from former town Mayor James Streeter, a Republican.

Democrats have endorsed a full slate of candidates, including some newcomers. Deputy Mayor Celeste Duffy and council member David Hale are not seeking re-election.

City Clerk Deb Patrick is running unopposed.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday in the Groton Municipal Building, at 295 Meridian St., and at West Side Middle School, at 250 Brandegee Ave.

Staff writer Greg Smith contributed to this report.

d.straszheim@theday.com

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