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!

Carol Matteo

Marie Pettibone

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Marie is a Connecticut native, and after living in Minnesota and Florida, returned to Connecticut in 2019.

She served as President of the League of Women Voter's of Citrus County  in Florida from 2012 to 2014, and she was the Vice President of the Democratic Women's Club of Citrus County from 2016-2018..

She is currently on the board of the League of Women Voter's of Litchfield County

"My experience and background have contibuted to my political and social attitudes. I consider myself progressive in both political and social issues particulary equal rights and parity in earnings. As a single parent Iam sensitive to the issues that women face in raising children. Since I retired I've had more time to devote to working for these causes."

Shane Mangar

Jane and John Boyer

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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.

Susan Branson (Acting Treasurer)

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Although not a formal member of the Committee, Susan has agreed to continue as Treasurer until a replacement can be found.

Matt Cain

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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

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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, Secretary

Richard Heffernon

Janet Hill Chair

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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."

Debra Radosevich

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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.

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.

Mary Weber

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Mary has lived in Washington since 1980, with her husband, Bob. Her two sons, Jeremiah & Jonathan, both attended WPS and graduated from Shepaug. She has two wonderful daughters in law, Kathryn and Nona. Also, she has a beloved granddaughter, Eden Faye.

 

Mary has been active in the community for many years. She has served on the Friends of the Jr. Library, both WPS & Shepaug PTOs, the Shepaug Parent Council and served on our Board of Education from 1993-1997. As a member of the CT Forget Me Nots for POWs & MIAs, you may have seen her make a presentation every Memorial Day, since she raised the POW Flag back in 1986 with Tom Hearn.

Mary was elected, once again, to the Board of Education in 2019, where she proudly serves as a Washington member.

 

Mary has been active on the Democratic Town Committee. She keeps busy campaigning for the Democratic candidates of her choice. She will presently, be campaigning, full time, for Congresswoman Jahana Hayes.