Tolland Town Council Democrats

Rick Field

Co-Chair
Rick Field (D-Tolland), Town Council Co-Chair.

Rick Field and his wife Michele have been a strong presence in the Tolland community for nearly three decades. He began his career serving in the United States Army and later working for Pratt & Whitney Aviation for 42 years as an Electrician and Supervisor.

Rick first entered public service through Tolland’s Board of Education, which he served for three terms before joining the Tolland Town Council.  Rick has been a part of the council for six terms. In the five terms that Rick has been a member of the town council, he has served honorably and proved himself by becoming chair of the council. After gaining election the council again in 2011, he was voted vice-chair of the town council.

 

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Name:   Paul Krasusky

Age:  40

Party and Position Running For:  Democrat, Town Council Member

Family:  Born & raised in Tolland, I lived on Carriage Dr. for 25yrs and have lived on Susan Drive for the past 15; my mother Eileen continues to reside on Carriage Dr.  My wife Jennifer & I have been married 15yrs, and have three active and wonderful children – Tyler, Jillian, and Mallory.  Jennifer was previously a tenured teacher with experience in elementary ed, special ed, and high school, which has afforded me great insight into the system / process.

Previous political experience:   None – I am rather apolitical, and am not much of a proponent of the dual-party system.  I tend to view things from a sensible, logical perspective – whether an opinion or view is considered to be Democratic or Republican – and not be categorized into one ‘box’ or the other.

Other Experience:   Commercial Banker for the past 17yrs, managing a portfolio of business loans.  Participant, organizer, and promoter of various Motorsports activities.

  Living in Tolland my entire life, I feel I am an ambassador of sorts for the Town and take pride in its success.  As I historically attend many of the Town meetings, I felt honored by being nominated to run for Town Council and excited by the opportunity to help shape Tolland’s future.

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Kristen Morgan

Biography
I’ve lived in Tolland for 7 years; I moved here from Virginia with my family for my job as an Associate Professor of Theater and Coordinator of the New Media Studies Major at Eastern Connecticut State University. I also work as a freelance scenic and projections designer for theater. I enjoy working out at Star Hill, cooking and sharing meals with my family, and travelling. I love how helpful and caring people in this community can be. When someone is in need, I always see people pitch in to help out!

Why are you running for re-election to the Town Council?
I’ve enjoyed being on the Town Council for the past two years. I lead diverse teams of people at work, and enjoy working with those from all walks of life. I have experience in leadership roles in University Senate and various committees, as well as serving on search committees for administrative positions at Eastern.

What is your vision for Tolland?
The most pressing issues facing Tolland right now are the cuts in municipal funding from the state; these cuts are causing not only devastating results to programs and services in our community, but also painful divides between community members. I hope we can remember that we are all in this together and that we should work to protect the most vulnerable members of our community: Tolland’s working poor, our elders, and our children.

I would like to continue to work to encourage business growth in town, and continue to work closely with the Board of Education to support our wonderful school system.

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David Skoczulek

Biography
I have lived in Tolland since 2013. My wife and I moved here to start our family, for the school system, safety, and the quality of life.

For work, I am the Vice President of Business Development for iCare Management, LLC. For fun, I enjoying cooking, spending time with family and friends, and volunteer and civic work. In Tolland there is a passion for and in the Town. Residents have strong opinions and are protective of the quality and way of life to a fault.

Why are you running for re-election to the Town Council?
I’ve served on the Planning Zoning Commission as an alternate and as a voting member, having filled the seat once held by Josh Freeman. I have served on Town Council since 2015 and am the Council liaison to Planning and Zoning, Blight Committee and Land Advisory Committee. I also had a role in evaluating the Water Commission when a sale was considered and vetting consultants for the Village Area and police services studies respectively.

Aside from my time in elected office I’ve served as the Chairman of the North Central District Health Department Board of Directors, the President of the North Central Area Agency on Aging Board of Directors, was Vice President of the Rotary Club of Manchester and have served on several other boards and commissions. I am also a practicing Paramedic.

What is your vision for Tolland?
Given that State finances do not look to improve any time in the near future, we need have a longer term plan for the Town and Board of Education. We have to continue to evaluate ways to diversify our tax base and improve quality of life here in Tolland. We need to protect our seniors and keep them in town while doing what is right for our kids.

I am working with the Manager’s office on reviewing consultants for the police services study and if re-elected hope to chair that process as we seek out the best and most sustainable law enforcement structure here in Town. I also hope to continue to focus on smart and effective regionalization. It is coming and we can either steer, guide and benefit from it – or let it happen to us.

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