Mansfield Candidate Profiles

James Mark profile

James Mark profile

Democratic Region 19 Board of Education candidate James Mark said he is passionate about maintaining the quality of education offered by E.O. Smith High School.

Mark has been on the Region 19 Board of Education, which is the governing body of E.O. Smith, for eight years. He has been chairman for six of those years and is currently running for his third four-year term.

Kimberly Christenson profile

Kimberly Christenson profile

Kimberly Christenson is a parent of five children who are currently in the local school system. She is running for election to the Regional Board of Education for the Democratic party.

Christenson said she is seeking election because she hopes to become more involved in the community.

“I have five kids in the system and they are in elementary, middle and high school, so I see (serving on the board) as a long-term goal,” Christenson said.

David Litrico profile

David Litrico profile

David Litrico has taught for over 30 years and previously served on the Mansfield Zoning Board of Appeals. He is running for a position on the Board of Education with the Democratic Party.

“I have lived in the town and been a Democrat for many years,” Litrico said.

Litrico said he hopes to continue the support for education in Mansfield into the future.

Rebecca Aubrey profile

Rebecca Aubrey profile

Rebecca Aubrey is an elementary school Spanish teacher in Ashford who was selected as Teacher of the Year and made it to the semifinals for State Teacher of the Year. She is running for a position on the Board of Education to fill a vacancy with the Democratic party.

Aubrey said she has a good understanding of the school system as she filled the vacancy this past year in the middle of the board’s term.

Paul Aho profile

Paul Aho profile

Paul Aho currently serves as an alternate member on the Mansfield Planning and Zoning Commission. He is running for re-election to the commission for the Democratic party.

“My father was a professor (at UConn), so I grew up in Storrs, left for about 25 years and then came back. And I’ve been here now for 25 years, back again,” Aho said.

Robert Stearns profile

Robert Stearns profile

Republican Zoning Board of Appeals candidate Robert Stearns said, if re-elected to the Board of Appeals, he hopes to continue to make a positive impact on people’s lives.

“I try not to be an intimidating government agent,” Stearns said.

Stearns is currently serving his first term on the Zoning Board of Appeals and said he’s enjoyed his time as a member.

Katie Fratoni profile

Katie Fratoni profile

Republican Planning and Zoning Commission alternate candidate Katie Fratoni said she hopes to continue serving Mansfield as a member of the commission in the upcoming term.

Fratoni joined the Planning and Zoning Commission during the current term to fill a vacant spot left by another Republican alternate.

“This is my first time running on my own,” Fratoni said.

Martha Kelly profile

Martha Kelly profile

Martha Kelly has been on the Board of Education since 2005. She is running for re-election to the board with the Republican party.

Kelly said she got involved in Mansfield’s K-through-12 school system by volunteering as her children went through it. She said that once they graduated, she wanted to remain involved in the system, so she joined the board.

Sarah Woulfin profile

Sarah Woulfin profile

Democratic candidate Sarah Woulfin said, if elected to the Zoning Board of Appeals, she hopes to balance growth and change in Mansfield with maintaining its “historic character and natural beauty.”

Woulfin, who is running for public office for the first time this year, decided to run because she wanted to be more involved in the community of Mansfield and specifically in its town hall.

“I thought that it was an important time for people from different backgrounds to get involved in local politics.

Stephanie Barefield profile

Stephanie Barefield profile

Stephanie Barefield is an adjunct faculty member in the University of Connecticut’s English department who has lived in Storrs for two years. She is running for a position as an alternate member of the Mansfield Zoning Board of Appeals for the Democratic party.

Barefield said she taught in different school districts as a student teacher and at community colleges throughout Connecticut and New York.