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Local Greens offer an alternative

By MICHELLE FIRESTONE

Chronicle Staff Writer

WINDHAM/WILLIMANTIC — Regardless of whether they are running for town council or board of education, local Green Party candidates have some values in common.

As their party name suggests, Green Party candidates have a commitment to energy-efficient measures, particularly in municipal buildings

Windham Green Party Committee Chairman Cassandra Martineau said party members also want more transparency in town government. “One of the things we are hoping on the Green Party is to bring new voices into government wherever we go,” she said.

Candidates for town council and board of education, as well as other offices, are running during the election Tuesday. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day.

The two Green Party town council candidates, Corey Krohn and Dagmar Noll, are currently serving on the energy commission and Noll works for the Windham Region Transit District as a dispatcher.

Krohn is running in the Windham First Taxing District, while Noll is running in the Willimantic Taxing District.

Martineau, the only Green Party candidate for board of education, has worked in various school districts over the years, including as a para-educator. She has a master’s degree in early childhood education from Eastern Connecticut State University.

“I’ve always gone above and beyond and I think I bring a lot of that experience just in education to this position,” said Martineau.

One issue she addressed is the $112.3 million Windham High School building renovation project, which voters will decide during a referendum Tuesday. That project involves renovations for Windham High, as well as accommodations for the district’s central office and the Windham Early Childhood Center.

Martineau said she has some questions about the project, but “we can’t continue to let our students” be educated “under the conditions they have over there.”

Other candidates running on the Green Party slate are: board of finance, Douglas Lary, and board of assessment appeals, Michael Westerfield.

 

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