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21 Candidates Endorsed to Run in the 2021 Municipal Election

Contact: Anthony Duarte
Chairman - South Windsor Democratic Town Committee


The South Windsor Democratic Town Committee has endorsed 21 candidates to run for office in the November 2021 municipal election.


At a town committee meeting Thursday evening, members of the town committee nominated both incumbents and newcomers as candidates for the South Windsor Town Council, Board of Education, Planning and Zoning Commission, Town Clerk, Town Treasurer, Constable, and Selectmen positions.


“It is my honor to seek re-election as a member of our Democratic team. I believe that we have an outstanding group of candidates who are focused on important issues for our town. I look forward to continuing the progress we have made for our residents in smart growth economic development, stabilizing taxes, and advocating for diversity, equity and inclusion in town government and schools,” said Mayor Andrew Paterna.


Town Council

  • Erica Evans (incumbent)
  • Steven King
  • Cesar Lopez (incumbent)
  • Karen Lydecker (incumbent)
  • Mayor Andrew Paterna (incumbent)
  • Deputy Mayor Elizabeth Pendleton (incumbent)

Board of Education

  • Anitha Elango (incumbent)
  • Madison Gonzalez
  • Michael Paré (incumbent)
  • Board Vice Chair - Jessica Waterhouse (incumbent)
  • Board Chair - Craig Zimmerman (incumbent)

Planning and Zoning Commission

  • Alan Cavagnaro
  • Steve Wagner (incumbent)
  • Robert Vetere

Town Clerk

  • Bonnie Armstrong

Town Treasurer

  • John Pelkey (incumbent)

Town Selectmen

  • Damian Humphrey
  • Robin Pendleton

Town Constables

  • Sandra Jeski (incumbent)
  • Joan Walsh (incumbent)
  • James Neary  (incumbent)


Town Constables
Sandra Jeski
James Neary
Joan Walsh

Planning & Zoning Commission
Bart Pacekonis
Frank Bonzani
William Flagg
Stephen Wagner

Here’s what South Windsor Democratic Leadership Means to You

Highlights of South Windsor's FY 2021-2022 Town Budget

  • No tax increases (2020-2021 and 2021-2022)
  • Decrease in the property tax (2021-2022)
  • No sewer user fee increases (2020-2021 and 2021-2022)


  • 3.6% increase in our grand list (the sum of all town property assets) delivering $3.9 million in tax revenue
  • Four new state-of-the-art elementary schools
  • Open space preservation that includes farmland from Main Street to Route 5, bordered by Pleasant Valley Rd. and property for a South Windsor waterfront park on the Scantic River
  • Creation of a new Social Justice and Racial Equity Commission
  • Working toward 2024 goal of 100% electricity in town buildings by renewable energy sources

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South Windsor Democratic Town Committee

The South Windsor Democratic Town Committee (SWDTC) represents the Democratic Party on a local level. Members are elected to two-year terms at a caucus that is held in January. Terms begin in March. The town committee recruits candidates for local office and the state legislature.

The committee is responsible for nominating and endorsing Democratic candidates for the town council, board of education, and other local positions. We also participate in the nominating and endorsement process for the state legislature’s 14th and 11th House Districts, the 3rd State Senate District, and the 1st Congressional District. In addition, the SWDTC elects delegates to the state party’s nominating convention every four years to help choose a gubernatorial candidate, and other executive officers.

During election years, SWDTC members work to help elect Democratic candidates through campaign activities such as door-to-door canvassing and phone banking. We hold a fundraiser in October called the Apple Harvest Festival (cancelled in 2020), and we plan other events throughout the year.

SWDTC meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm. While usually held at the South Windsor Town Hall, meetings are currently held virtually. The meetings are open to all registered Democrats.

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