Washington, CT

Who We Are

WDTC members are your friends and neighbors. We bump into you at the post office; ask the same how-to questions you do at Washington Supply and worry the same as you do about whether our roofs will leak when the snow piles up.

We run the gamut of Washingtonians: from weekender to ninth-generation resident; senior citizen to single mom; worker to retiree; parent concerned about quality education to senior worried about rising property taxes.

But one thing unites us all: We love this town. We trust its citizens. We admire its spirit of volunteerism. We respect its history and traditions. We value its participatory democracy, its town meetings, its passionate debates. We even relish its occasional tempest in a teapot! And, yes, like you, we prize our town's beauty: its streams and lakes, hills and valleys, woods and open meadows.

Committee Members

Following are brief bios of current WDTC members.

Do let us know if you are interested in joining the Washington Democratic Town Committee. Join us at our next monthly meeting (the fourth Thursday of every month) to learn more about us and see what happens when we all work together to identify and solve problems facing Washington. We meet at 7:30 in a meeting room of Town Hall.

We'd love to have you become a part of making the Democratic Town Committee a vital force for Democratic values in our community as a volunteer or member of the Committee!

Peter Armstrong (Chair and Deputy Treasurer)

Peter Armstrong has lived in Washington with his wife and two children for fourteen years. He was a Business Analyst supporting IBM’s global Treasury operations for twelve years.

After retiring in 2009 he has been a Director on the Washington Environmental Council for six years and a member of the Sustainability Committee reporting to the Washington Planning Commission for two years.Recently, he accepted the position of Treasurer for the First Congregational Church of Washington after serving as its Clerk for six years.

Henrietta Small (Vice Chair)

Henrietta is a life long Democrat and has been involved in implementing Democratic policies for many years. She has worked on several campaigns, including writing position papers for gubernatorial candidates in New Jersey as well as county executive campaigns.

After moving to CT she worked on the Ned Lamont campaign and she canvassed for Barack Obama's 2008 campaign.

Most of Henrietts's professional career has been spent working on policy initiatives for both Democratic and Republican administrations, for example, chairing a NJ Statewide Task Force to oversee Empowerment Zone funding.

In CT she was a member of the State of CT Legislative Complex Care Committee, tasked to design a demonstration proposal that would describe how to improve services for Medicare and Medicaid patients.

She is a member of the First Congregational Church  and is the mother of two children.

Janet Hill (Secretary)

Janet Hill moved to Washington in 1980. She lives here with her husband, Newell, and her youngest son, Brendan. Janet has one of the toughest and most important jobs in Washington: Land Use Administrator. For nearly 25 years, she has been the full-time chief administrator for Washington's Zoning Commission, Inland Wetlands Commission, and Planning Commission. She's the one that many commission chairs routinely turn to whenever they have a question as to how to run their agencies "by the book." Her counsel helps to shape land use policy in Washington.

"For me, the best thing about Washington," says Janet, "after its beauty, is the sense that we're all part of the Washington family. You know almost everyone, and they know you; everyone cares for each other." To Janet, the overriding issue we all face is the environment. "If we pollute the earth to the extent that it is unlivable, there are no other issues."

Susan Branson (Treasurer)

"I believe that civic action, especially on the local level, is a vital component of a vibrant democracy. Civic action includes electing candidates for town commissions and town government who exemplify, with dignity, the views of the Democratic Party.

The current political climate threatens many of the principals and ideals held by citizens who believe in honest government. I see a positive role for the Washington Democratic Town Committee to resist these alarming trends and why I'm pleased to become a member."

Susan was the Executive Director of The Steep Rock Association for 20 years, and retired in 2010. "For many years I worked to maintain Washington and New Preston's unique character by preserving and protecting its land and waterways. I felt privileged to be a part of an active community of concerned and caring citizens."

She is the Executive Director of the Shepaug River Association. "We fought an ultimately successful legal battle for more than 10 years to increase the flow of water in the Shepaug River. The River had been suffering for years from low flows caused by the City of Waterbury's violation of a 1921 agreement with the Town of Washington. The Association continues, on a regular basis, to monitor Waterbury Water Company's use and diversions of Shepaug's water.

Jane and John Boyer

Jane and John Boyer built a house in Washington in the late 1970s, though Jane had spent summers and weekends at her grand father’s house all her life. After we got married in 1960 we spent much time with Jane’s parents and finally built their own house in the late 1970s.

 In 1987s they moved up here permanently when our 4th child had graduated from college.

 They both joined the Washington Democratic Town Committed and other organizations…. Jack on the Board of Finance and as President of the Washington Community Housing Trust: Jane on the Washington Environmental Council and as President of the Gunn Memorial Library & Museum.

 "My great satisfaction with living in Washington," says Jack, "is the pace of life, knowing most all your neighbors, and sharing the land with the turkeys, deer, geese, and an occasional fox. We need to keep the Town vibrant by attracting artists, entrepreneurs, and writers and providing housing that our teachers and emergency service folks can afford."

“Honesty, transparency and the basic Democratic principles, not only here in this town but throughout our country, are what I strongly believe in, said Jane "In this complicated and dangerous era, it is essential to plan seriously for the present and the future stability and growth of our town. We can no longer honestly run this town on the "if-it-ain't-broke-don't-fix-it" principle."

We have both served as Chairmen of the WDTC and have been on the committee for almost 30 years.

Matt Cain

Matt and his family moved to Washington in 1999. He has been an active Democrat throughout his life in Maine, Alaska, New York and Connecticut.

Matt has a BA from Dickinson College and an MA from Columbia University. He is employed as a futurist at Gartner Inc, where he focuses on the intersection of technology, society and work.

Tim Fenton

When Tim lived in Darien he was active in Public Service initiatives and Politics. From 1983 to 2007 he was Vice President and Secretary of the Darien CT United Way, Chairman of Darien's Recycling Commission and Director of Stamford's Meals On Wheels, to name just a few of his many achievements.

His political service at that time included serving as Campaign Manager for Liz Fenton for CT State Representative and, in 2001, George Reilly for First Selectman of Darien.

While living in Davis California, from 2008-2013, Tim was the Davis Democratic Club publicity chair and newsletter reporter. He volunteered for several Democratic campaigns, performing such tasks as canvassing and data entry.

Tim recently returned to CT to be near his children and grandchildren.

Judith Gorra

Richard Heffernon

Kate McGrath

At 20 years old, Kate's political engagement is just beginning. As a self proclaimed "townie" she knows the value in traditions of a small town like Washington- but knows we can still bring progressive ideals to it. For now political activism is a hobby and labor of love for Kate, and her time is split between it, finishing her Bachelor's in Psychology, and taking care of her kitten, Chip.

“I joined the DTC because I wanted to create systemic change. I was abroad for the 2016 election, and was stunned by how much other countries cared about our politics. I had no understanding of the global impact of American politics before then. That lesson has stuck with me, and inspired me to change our political climate.”

Debra Radosevich

Debra Radosevich moved to Washington in 2000 with her husband, Chris Griffith and son Matthew. Active in the PTA (Treasurer) she worked at the Gunn Memorial Library and the Taft School library while earning a Master’s Degree in Library Science. She is a current member of the Rotary Club of Thomaston and has served as Secretary, Vice President and President of the Club.

Debra is employed as the Director of Library Services for the Thomaston Public Library. She has held the position for the past 10 years.

Mary Weber