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The Litchfield Republican Candidates
The caucus results are in and we couldn't be more excited. This is a first-class, educated, experienced team that will serve Litchfield well.
First Selectman: Jon Torrant
Selectmen: Bill Burgess and Tom Waterhouse
Town Treasurer: Fran Carpentier
Tax Collector: Helen Bunnell
Board of Finance: Chris Combs and Sky Post
Board of Finance Alt: Dan Morosani and Bea Thompson
Board of Education: Dan Clock, Margaret Hunt, and Nancy Latour
Board of Assessment Appeals: Cleve Fuessenich
Planning and Zoning: Guy Baldwin, Burke Gibney, and Peter Losee
Planning and Zoning Alt: Jordan Richards
First Selectman Candidate - Who is Jon Torrant?
Jon is a native of Litchfield – Born in 1949
He attended Litchfield Public Schools, K-12
He served as Class President, played basketball, baseball, golf, and ran track.
He was a member of the 1965 State Championship basketball team and was selected to the Class S All State Basketball Team in 1967.
He is a member of the National Honor Society and played the clarinet in the high school band for 6 years
In 1971 he graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in Economics
Jon served in the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and after eight years of service to our country was honorably discharged as a Captain.
He has been a Litchfield Resident for the last 35 years, has been married to his wife Susan for 45 years, and has one son.
1972 – 1974 Torrington Company, Torrington CT – Buyer – Purchasing Department
1974 – 1977 Torrington Company, Boston Office – Salesman New England Territory
1977 – 1984 Ingersoll-Rand Corp Salesman – Philadelphia, PA Office Regional Sales Manager – Cleveland, OH Office – Industrial Marketing Manager – Liberty Corner, NJ Headquarters Office
1984 - 2013 Baker-Torrant & Associates, Inc. – Partner - Independent Manufacturers’ Sales Agency
2013 – Present – Semi-retired, Civic involvement
Litchfield Board of Selectmen – 7 years
Litchfield Park & Recreation Commission – Member and Chairman – 1990’s
Litchfield Lions Club – Member and Past President
Litchfield Sports Booster Club – President and Charter Member
Litchfield Country Club – Past President
Who is Bill Burgess?
Bill, his wife Joan and married children, Michele and Grant are passionate about the joys of living, working and experiencing their family “escape” to Litchfield, the vibrant center of the Litchfield Hills!
Born and raised in Englewood, NJ, Bill holds Bachelor of Economics and Master of Business Administration degrees from The Pennsylvania State University. He later served on Penn State’s Alumni Association executive board and as President of the Graduate School Alumni Council.
He is a U.S. Army veteran, serving in a civil affairs army reserve battalion [1969-75]. Bill’s career spanned his management and new business development leadership roles as Business Manager for General Foods/Kraft and as Senior Partner for Computer Sciences Corp. and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young consulting divisions.
After moving to Litchfield in 2004, Bill served as a leader in Town and regional governance and non-profit educational services organizations, including seven years on Town boards/commissions. He currently serves as Chair of Litchfield’s Board of Finance, member of the board of directors for the Northwest CT Economic Development Corporation, Board President of Partners for Sustainable Healthy Communities [501c3 public charity] and immediate past chair and current board member of the Naugatuck Valley Community College Foundation.
I am in gratitude for the Town’s support of founding the Litchfield Hills Farm-Fresh Market in 2007. Our team of volunteers has received a Civic Improvement Commendation by the Litchfield Garden Club and the White Memorial Foundation’s Conservation Award. Our educational services public charity has earned the trust and support of Seherr-Thoss Foundation, Northwest Hills Council of Governments, the Northwest Hills Community Foundation and CT’s Department of Agriculture.
Bill hopes to continue contributing to the manageable growth and economic development of Litchfield’s connected communities
Who is Tom Waterhouse?
Tom is a longtime resident of the Litchfield area. He was raised on the family farm in Northfield, CT and attended Litchfield public schools, K-12.
In 1970, he answered the call to serve and enlisted in the US Army where he earned his Aviator Wings at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Tom served aviation assignments in the Republic of Korea and with the 101st Airborne while on active duty until 1976.
After active duty, Tom transferred to the US Army Reserve where he served as a medevac pilot for 20 years before retiring from the Armed Forces. Tom was deployed to Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War as a member of the 336th Medical Detachment and was awarded a Bronze Star and Air Medal for his actions.
Tom graduated with a BA in Professional Aviation from Louisiana Tech University in 1976 and embarked on a career as a professional pilot. Early in his career, he served as an FAA flight instructor before joining commuter airlines based in the Caribbean and in New Haven, CT.
After earning his Airline Transport Type Rating, Tom transitioned to the world of corporate flying where he flew for The Singer Company for 10 years, followed by 18 years with Bristol Myers Squibb.
After 45 years, 15,000 hours of flight time, 13 FAA aircraft type ratings, and a well- worn passport, Tom retired from professional aviation.
In 2010, Tom was elected to the Litchfield Planning and Zoning Commission. He served on the Commission for eight years and chaired it for four. During his time as Chair, Tom presided over a full rewrite of the 44 year-old Planning and Zoning Regulations and a 10-year update of the POCAD.
Tom married his wife Elyse in the Litchfield Congregational Church in 1979 and recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. They have two daughters, Laurel and Amye, who represent the 4th generation of family members living in Northfield.
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