Campaign Kickoff Sept. 15

Join the Killingworth Democrats and special guests for the 2021 Campaign Kick Off on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 5:30 – 8:00pm at the Chatfield Hollow Inn and Farm (10 Firetower Road, Killingworth).

Honored Guests include:
Lt. Govenor Susan Bysiewicz
State Senator Christine Cohen
State Rep Christine Goupil
Executive Director, CT Dems, Jacqueline Kozin

Please RSVP to killingworthDTC@gmail.com

Paid for by the Killingworth Democratic Town Committee Nelson Rivera, Treasurer

Introducing Board of Selectmen candidate Jamie Young

From left: Jamie Young and Lou Annino, Jr.

Dear Friends,

I am Louis Annino, Jr., and I’m running for re-election to the Killingworth Board of Selectmen where I have had the privilege to serve this community of ours diligently for the last ten years.  

As in the past, I have and will pledge again to work to ensure our tax dollars are managed responsibly, our roads and town are kept safe, and our rural character is maintained. At the same time, I will work to ensure quality education at our schools, provide commercial opportunities that support the needs of the town and make available balanced and varied housing opportunities. 

While my record as Selectman shows strong commitment and progress in all of these areas, there is more work to be done.  Recent public health matters of unprecedented levels have strained our emergency services, challenged our schools, stolen a portion of our children’s youth, handicapped our town businesses and stretched our precious tax dollars.  As we begin to emerge from this difficult period, it is time to rebuild.  

In the upcoming weeks, you will hear more about the plan for this rebuilding.  For now, I will simply say that it starts with working together. As a lifelong resident of Killingworth, I know that the people of this town have always worked this way as friends and neighbors. Certainly, at times there has been a healthy amount of debate but always civil, open, non-partisan and thus constructive. This is how consensus is reached and progress is made.  This is the foundation of our governmental process and the basis on which I plan to continue to work.

As we begin to map our strategy, I look forward to sharing more details in the near future.  A key component to this strategy is my running mate. I could not be more pleased to introduce Jamie Young who brings a wealth of experience to complement and strengthen this platform.

I am sure many of you know her as she has been an active resident with her husband Brian, for 23 years. Among her many qualifications, she brings a positive and inclusive outlook, a master’s degree in ethics and a law degree with a concentration in mediation. She is a fair listener and an energetic problem solver. She looks for common ground and practical solutions. Jamie actively served on multiple town, regional, and state commissions and currently serves as the town representative on the Policy Board of the Regional Water Authority.

Jamie has been involved over the years with the KWO and the Fire Company’s auxiliary. She volunteers behind the scenes with many projects. Jamie worked in higher education for 14 years. She’s served as legal counsel and contract guru at the Departments of Energy, Environmental Protection and Transportation and the Governor’s Office and as a law clerk at the National Labor Relations Board. Her list of accomplishments is long and varied. Jamie is a quick study and cares about people, the environment, justice, and Killingworth. She will bring all of that learning and experience to the table as a selectwoman.

Jamie and I look forward to sharing with all of you more of our ideas and perspectives.  We welcome your thoughts as well.  I hope as you hear more from us you will recognize the strengths that together we bring to the Board of Selectmen as we ask for your vote this November.

Thank you,

Lou Annino, Jr.

KW Dems announce fall slate

The Killingworth Democrats are proud to announce our unanimously endorsed candidates for the November 2021 election:


Selectmen

Lou Annino, Jr. 

Jamie Young


Town Clerk

Dawn Mooney


Town Treasurer

Donna Dupuis


Board of Finance

Annie Stirna

Tara Amatrudo


Board of Assessment Appeals

Matthew Stillman


Planning and Zoning

Geoffrey Cook

Bill Tobelman

Stephanie Warren (alt)


Zoning Board of Appeals

Brian Young

Ben Charney (alt)


Fire Commissioner

Jennifer Liptak


Regional Board of Education

Kathy Zandi

Lisa Connelly

Longtime KDTC member passes away

Barbara Klein, 90, passed away Dec. 18, 2020, with her husband Martin at her side.

Barbara was a long time Killingworth resident and KDTC member.  For those who knew her and those who did not, her life represents public service at its best and a life well lived. 

She grew up in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn and graduated from Erasmus High School in 1948. She received a degree in zoology from Hunter College in 1952, where she was active in the Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

Barbara worked at the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on nicotine research following college. She married Martin “Marty” Klein April 4, 1954. They initially lived on their egg farm in Madison prior to moving to Killingworth in 1964, where they resided until 2020, before moving to the Guilford House Assisted Living facility in Guilford.

Barbara worked side by side with her husband on their farm in Madison. She was always active in the Town of Killingworth as one of the founders of the Killingworth Nursery School; member of the Democratic Town Committee, Public Health Agency, Board of Assessment Appeals, and Water Pollution Control Authority; representative to the Regional Mental Health Board and Board of Directors of the Killingworth Foundation; and in various other positions. She served on the Board of Selectmen from 1973 to 1975. Barbara was also a justice of the peace and was highly sought as a wedding officiant as she always personalized the service to match the character of each couple. She received a master’s degree in public health from the Hartford Graduate Center.

Barbara wrote many of the reports for numerous agricultural consulting projects on which she and Marty worked and which brought them to Peru, Boliva, Ghana, Nigeria, Poland, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan. In 1975, she and Marty toured China with a group of American farmers, and in 1989, Barbara and Marty served in the Peace Corps in Tunisia. In the 1990s they were volunteers for VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) at the Knox Park Foundation in Hartford, helping to start community gardens.

Barbara and Marty enjoyed traveling and took many trips abroad and throughout the United States, spending a couple of weeks each winter at the hot springs in Thermopolis, Wyoming.

Barbara had a passion for knitting, sewing, gardening, and cooking and imparted her skills to her children and grandchildren, as well as to numerous others she met throughout her travels. She recorded many life stories in a blog from recent years known as “Best of Barbara,” and her recipes are memorialized in the cookbook, A Glub, Glub and a Shake, Shake.

Barbara is survived by her husband of 66 years, Martin Klein; 4 children, Lisa Winkler (Matthew), Naomi Klein (Pierre Darmon), David (Ioulia Loubkina), and Madeline Taylor (David); 9 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Donations can be made in her honor to Hunter College https://hunter.cuny.edu/give/ or to a charity of your own choosing.