2017 Elections

Voting in local municipal elections is one of the most effective ways you can affect the direction of our town - the people you choose to serve on the Board of Education and the Board of Finance, as well as the Board of Selectmen, will make decisions about policy, taxes, education, development - indeed all of the elements of local governance. While not as dramatic as a presidential or gubernatorial election, the outcome is likely to have more immediate effects on your day-to-day life.

For up-to-the-minute information about and by the candidates, be sure to visit the Stonington Republican Town Committee facebook page.

Table of Contents
Board of Selectmen
Board of Finance
Board of Education
Town Clerk
Tax Collector

Board of Selectmen

Stonington First Facebook page


John Delmhorst

John photoI’m running for Town Treasurer because my qualifications and experience are perfect.  I’m the current President of the Stonington Fire District.   I have a long history of volunteering as Treasurer/Assistant Treasurer/Auditor for many Stonington not-forprofits and similar businesses.  In my professional career I worked in banking for thirty-six years, retiring as Vice President in commercial lending.  I’ve worked as a volunteer fireman for over fifty years in various positions and currently serve as Captain, Fire Police, in the Stonington Borough Fire Department and as a member of the Pawcatuck Fire Department Fire Police.  My financial experience and dedication to public service demonstrates that I’m your best choice for Town Treasurer.

•     36 Years Experience in  Banking, Vice President Commercial Lending
•     Stonington Fire District Inc. President (13 Years)
•     Stonington Borough  Fire Dept.(17 Years), Current Fire Police Captain
•     Former Stonington Economic Dev. Commission Member (8 Years)
•     Pawcatuck Fire Dept. (5 Years)
•     Volunteer, Mystic Seaport (15 Years)
•    Treasurer/Assistant Treasurer/Auditor - 10 organizations
•    Married to Michele Delmhorst

Board of Finance

This year you will be voting for 4 members. If you vote for Rich Balestracci, Blunt White, Lynn Young, and Lance Hamilton, you will be voting for a team that respects your concerns and opinions, and that has the right combination of financial skills and knowledge of Stonington to steer our town through the potential loss of millions of dollars of state aid. We can’t fix the state’s financial problems but we will work hard to keep Stonington affordable while continuing to provide the services and public education we all depend on.

If elected, we pledge to:
• Use our financial skills to get all citizens the best value for their tax dollars.
• Improve transparency of town finances, and encourage everyone to participate in the budget process;

We respectfully ask for your vote on November 7th so that we can work
for you and put Stonington First!

Lynn Young

Lynn photo•    Former Chairwoman of Planning & Zoning
•    Water Pollution Control Member •    Former Plan of Conservation & Development Member
•    Former Route 1 Subcommittee Member
•    Retired from 25 Year Career in Institutional Investment Management and Credit Analysis
•    Currently a Realtor at Seaboard Properties • Married to Dave Young

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Lance Hamilton
Lance photo•    Pawcatuck native and SHS Graduate / UConn Graduate - Math/Statistics, University of Colorado MBA – Finance & IT
•    Served on Stonington Shellfish Commission
•    Numerous years volunteering as coach for Stonington Youth Football &  Pawcatuck Little League (PLL)
•    PLL Board Member & Marketing Director • Served 4 years in Marine Corps Infantry & 8 yrs. as a US Naval Officer
•    Professional Career as IT Consultant & Sales Manager
•    Expert knowledge in state/ local contracting, financial analysis & models
•    Married to Michelle Hamilton & have 3 sons: Grant, Quinn, and Alec

Richard Balestracci

Rich photo•    Commercial & Municipal Lender, Assistant Vice President – Chelsea Groton Bank
•    Stonington Economic Development Commission Member
•    2016 recipient of the Southeastern Connecticut 40 under Forty award
•    Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Connecticut
•    Masters of Business Administration for Emerging Leaders from the University of New Haven
•    Lifelong Stonington resident
•    Proud father of Breana and James (Attending Deans Mill School & Laugh and Learn Daycare)
•    Married to Karen Balestracci (deCastro) •Married in and Communicant at St. Michael the Archangel, Pawcatuck

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Blunt White

Blunt photo•    Retired, 26 years banking experience, Vice President Commercial Lending
•    Familiar with Stonington government & finances • SHS Graduate (1972)
•    Stonington Board of Finance – member •Stonington Borough Fire Department - Fire Policeman
•    Former Stonington Economic Dev. Commission - Chairman 2006 - 2016  
•    Former Mystic Museum of Art - Board of Trustees, Treasurer
•    Former Rotary Club of Mystic - member, President 2003 to 2004
•    Former Community Foundation of Eastern CT - Board of Trustees, Chair of Investment Committee
•    Former Stonington Community Center - Board of Trustees, Treasurer • Married to Nancy, two children.

Board of Education

Alexa Garvey

Alexa photo•    Member of the Stonington Board of Education 2013 to present •Chairperson for the BOE Communications Subcommittee
•    Member of BOE Teaching & Learning Subcommittee • Chairperson for the Middle School Consolidation Steering Committee
•    Served on BOE Negotiations committee for Administrators and Teachers •Served on the BOE Middle School Task Force
•    Served on the hiring committees for six administrators •Member of Calvary Church
•    Former member of MMS and DMS PTOs; served as Treasurer (3 years) and President (2 years) of DMS-PTO.

Alisa Morrison

Alisa photo•    Bachelors and Master’s Degrees from Tufts University •PhD in Environmental Science from University of RI
•    Lived in Stonington for over 20 years •Married (Rusty) with two children Elizabeth and Sarah
•    Elected to BOE two times 2009 and 2013 •Served 3 terms on Stonington Planning & Zoning Commission (Vice Chairman)
•    Member of Stonington Inland Wetlands Commission (Vice Chairman) •Stonington Storm Water Task Force (Chairman)
•    Field Renovation Committee •DMS PTO (Chairman)•Mystic Middle School SBIT
•    Board of Directors Wood Pawcatuck Watershed Association •Sophia Sees Hope Committee Membe

Sonja Buccheri

Sonja photo

•    Bachelors of Science in Psychology-Child Life • Master’s of Science in School Psychology
•    Currently a School Psychologist working with students with autism and developmental disabilities ages 7-21
•    10 years of experience in public, private & residential education settings in both rural, suburban & urban communities
•    Rotary member
•    Member of the National Association of School Psychologists

Gordon Lord III

Gordon photo

Town Clerk

Cynthia Ladwig

Tax Collector

Linda Camelio