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Middlebury Town Elected Officials

Please take a look at the excellent qualifications of our Republican officials.

First Selectman


Edward B. St. John

First Selectman serving 14 terms
Former member Charter Commission and Sewer Commission
Member/Past Chief MVFD for 40+ years
US Army - Engineering/Surveyor



Elaine Strobel

Board of Selectmen member for 21 years
BA Physical Education, Niagara University
MS Applied Physiology, Columbia University
Health teacher, Wilby High School, Waterbury
Married, five children



Robin Stanziale

BS Accounting, Post University 
Finance Officer, Palace Theater, Waterbury
Married, two children

Tax Collector


Brenda Carter

Katherine Gibbs College, 1977, Secretarial Degree
Certified Connecticut Tax Collector, 2008
Middlebury Tax Collector Clerk, 2003 -present
Secretary Health and Safety Committee
Member Charter Commission, 2011
Married, one child, two grandchildren

Board of Education


Brenda Carter

Katherine Gibbs College, 1977, Secretarial Degree
Certified Connecticut Tax Collector, 2008
Middlebury Tax Collector Clerk, 2003 -present
Secretary Health and Safety Committee
Member Charter Commission, 2011
Married, one child, two grandchildren


John Cookson

Bachelor Degree in Business Management
AAS Accounting, Bryant College
Nursing Degree Lincoln Technical Institute
Member, Board of Ed, four years
Former Chairman Economic Development
Member/Past Chairman Land Preservation
Divorced, three children
Richard Spierto  

Richard Spierto

Volunteer at Our Lady of Lourdes church Waterbury (every weekend)
Former volunteer in Waterbury School System for At-Risk Students.
Resident of Middlebury 35+years

Board of Finance


Rita Smith

AAS, Business Management - NVCC
Chairman - Library Board of Trustees
Former Chairman Middlebury RTC
Married, two children


Dawn Calabrese

MBA, Sacred Heart University
BS Accounting, Teikyo Post University
Bus. & Transp. Spvr, Hamden Board of Ed
Financial Accountant/Accounting Manager,  Town of Middlebury, 20052009

Library Board of Trustees


Ron Clark

MS, Counseling and Education, CCSU, 1984
BS Public Safety Admin, CCSU, 1981
AAS Law Enforcement Middlesex CC
CT State Police Sgt./Cmd. Officer, 1970-1993
Registered Nurse, CT Hospitals, 1969-present
Chairman, Police Commission, 1997-2009
Chairman/Member P&R Comm, 1982-present
Library Board of Trustees, 2014-present
Married, three children, seven grandchildren


Bill Stowell

AS, Accounting; LaSalle Extension University
US Navy Lt. Commander Ret, 24 years
Business Manager Region 16 Schools, 20 years
Member/Past Chair P&Z, 22 years
Member Ret. Plan Comm, 5 years
Member Board of Finance, 2 years
Member/Treas Library Board, 2 years
Married, two children


Peter Vaccarelli

Croft High School, 1964
Electrical Contractor, Project Manager, Realtor
Member Library Board, 2014-present
Married, two children

Police Commission

Paul Bowler  

Paul Bowler

Chairman, Conservation Commission
Married, four children


Frank Cipriano

CT State Police Academy, Firearms
CT State Police Academy, Law Enforcement
Captain/Member Waterbury Police Auxiliary 1964-1980
Owner, FJ Cipriano Trucking, 1965-1983
Operations, Tilcon, 1984-2006
Middlebury Police Officer PT, 1981-1987
Member/Chairman WPCA, 1993-2001
Member/Chairman Police Comm. 2000-2009
Married, one child, four step-children

Tom King  

Tom King

BS Political Science, UCONN
Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department
Republican Town Committee Chairman
Middlebury born and raised
Married, three children

Board of Assessment Appeals

Brendan Browne  

Brendan Browne

BS Marketing, St. Joseph Univ, Philadelphia
Treasurer, Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department


Robert J. Flanagan

BA Art History, Notre Dame University, 1991
Juris Doctor, Notre Dame Law School, 1994
Attorney; Cella-Flanagan, P.C., North Haven
Member Board of Assessment Appeals, 2 terms
Member Charter Commission, 2007-2013
Married, four children

Water Pollution Control Authority


Ted Mannello

BS Business, SCSU, 1992
Owner, Cornerstone Staffing, Waterbury and Orange
Member Waterbury Board of Finance, 1 term
Member Waterbury Planning Board, 2 terms
Member WPCA, 2 terms
Member Econ. Dev. Comm, 3 terms
Married, two children


Paul J. Phillips

BS Industrial Engineering, CCSU 1986
MBA International Business, UNH 1996
MS Engr. & Tech. Mgmt., UB 2012
Principal Engineer, Mederi Therapeutics, Norwalk
MVFD Member 2000-present
Member WPCA, two terms
Married, two children


Robert W. Smith

JD Law, Western New England College, 1982
Attorney, Robert W. Smith Law Offices, LLC
Chairman, Water Pollution Control Authority, 1997-present
Divorced, two children


Pomperaug Valley Water Authority


Michael Dayton

BS Business/Marketing, Springfield College
Lieutenant, MVFD
Employee, Middlebury Public Works




Get Involved!

The Middlebury Republican Town Committee is the local face of the Republican Party in Middlebury Connecticut. 

We are a broad and diverse group of members who come together to work in the best interests of the community and find outstanding candidates to fill positions on local boards and commissions.

We meet on the second Tuesday of the month and you are invited to attend any meeting.
Are you interested in becoming a member of the Middlebury Republican Town Committee or helping out the town in some way?

Send a letter of interest, accompanied by your resume.

Please mail letter and resume to:

Middlebury Republican Town Committee
P.O. Box 1206
Middlebury, Connecticut 06762 Attention Nominating Committee

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