Waterford voters to choose among six candidates for Board of Selectmen
Editor's Note: This article corrects an earlier version.
The Waterford ballot next week will include two candidates for first selectman — Democrat Peter W. Davis and Republican Daniel Steward, two experienced public administrators with different ideas about how the town should be planning for the future.
Steward, the incumbent, was first elected in 2005 and re-elected to two more two-year terms before serving another four years after a charter change lengthened the office's term.
Davis, the longtime municipal planner in Norwich and former member of the town's Board of Selectmen, is challenging Steward on a platform that focuses on capital planning and budgeting.
Steward has painted himself as a steady and experienced leader who would guide Waterford through a period of continued prosperity.
Davis says he would increase the transparency of Waterford government and create a long-term plan for capital improvements.
Robert Brule, a Waterford selectman, joins Steward on the ticket. Davis is running alongside selectman candidate Glenn Patterson, a submarine construction planning consultant for Electric Boat.
Kevin M. Ziolkovski, a Quaker Hill resident, is also running as a write-in candidate for first selectman.
Ziolkovski ran against Steward for the first selectman seat in November 2011 and lost 2,704 to 573.
His latest campaign is in part motivated by his frustration with how the town has handled his concerns about periodic flooding from Hunt’s Brook.
A fifth candidate for the Board of Selectmen, Billy Gene Collins, is running for selectman as a member of the Green Party, which has a handful of candidates on the ballot next week.
On the Green Party’s website, Collins said he is interested in preserving Waterford’s natural resources and improving the town’s infrastructure and school system.