Both Southbury political groups elected a new slate of officers to lead their committees last week.
The Southbury Democratic Town Committee selected Meghan Forgione to head the DTC as Town Chairwoman. Forgione is joined by newly elected and former Vice Chair, Ken Kerin, Secretary, Ginny Middleton and Treasurer, Kris Nanavaty.
The Southbury Republican Town Committee selected former First Selectman Mark Cooper as Chairman of the RTC. Cooper was last elected First Selectman in 2007, but vacated the position in 2008 and was replaced by Bill Davis. Cooper is joined by Vice Chair, Jason Buchsbaum, Secretary, Mary Dunn and Treasurer, Vincent Toscano.
Forgione said she would look to strengthen the energy and momentum of Southbury Democrats, which in 2011 helped to elect First Selectman Ed Edelson, as well as several members of the Board of Selectmen and Board of Education.
Democratic selectman Ron Pugliese commented on the election of Forgione, citing her history of volunteerism.
“Meghan represents the kind of person that typifies what Southbury Democrats are all about,” he said. “She will provide an excellent transition of leadership to a new generation of Democrats in our community.”
Cooper said he was humbled and appreciative of the honor bestowed upon him by his fellow Southbury Republicans and RTC members and will strive to repair confidence in the party.
“The work to restore their faith in the new SRTC has begun and I pledge to have all discussions and business in an open, transparent and inclusive manner,” he said.
Outgoing DTC Chairman Drew Morten commented on the incoming slate of Democrats.
“Our committee truly represents a broad cross-section of Southbury and we will continue to focus on helping the town expand its pool of well qualified and energetic volunteers,” he said.
Cooper added it would be his position that the RTC support the administration's efforts whenever they are in the best interests of Southbury's taxpayers and/or serve to foster good governmental policy.
“The new SRTC's mission is to promote good government, select and elect qualified candidates for various elective and appointed offices,” he said.