Election Day is upon us! Tuesday, November 7th, voters will have the chance to go out and vote to determine the future of East Haven. Some people prefer not to vote because they think their votes “don’t count” however, local elections are very important because they are the most effective ways of having your voice be heard. Local elections, give you more say so in what you want, than national elections. Voting is important to help create a positive structure in your town and help install the changes you want to see in your town.
In this 2017 election, Mayor Joseph Maturo will be up for re-election for the Republican Party, for his ninth term. Mayor Maturo will be running against Democratic Nominee Salvatore Maltese. Alongside Maturo, is the current Town Clerk, Stacy Gravino. Running against Gravino, for the Democratic party, is Liz Esposito.
For Board of Finance, the following candidates (in alphabetical order) have been nominated:
Also running, are the following candidates for seats on the Board of Education (in alphabetical order):
“What does the Board of Education do?” you ask? Well, the job of the Board of Education’s responsibilities are to “work with their communities to improve student achievement in their local public schools. School boards derive their power and authority from the state. In compliance with state and federal laws, school boards establish policies and regulations by which their local schools are governed.
Your school board is responsible for:
employing the superintendent
developing and adopting policies, curriculum, and the budget;
overseeing facilities issues; and
adopting collective bargaining agreements.” (National School Board Association)
For seats on our Town Council, there are 5 different races in the districts of East Haven, below is each district and their candidates (each in alphabetical order):
The Town Council is a legislative body that uses their authority to vote on different things in the town, such as: tax rates, and to develop and vote on things, such as: budgets.