Aundre Bumgardner will fill the Groton Town Council seat vacated by Rich Moravsik, who in 2016 filled a council seat vacated by Joe de la Cruz, who gave up his seat after getting elected to the 41st House District over Bumgardner.
The council voted 7-1 on Tuesday evening to appoint Bumgardner to the seat vacated three weeks ago by Moravsik, who is moving to Florida.
Asked about his priorities in a phone conversation after the meeting, Bumgardner said, “I think the one thing that’s sort of overlooked within Groton is the millennial generation.” Bumgardner, 23, added, “If you were to ask a lot of young people, they’ll tell you Groton isn’t necessarily the most friendly to young people in terms of having options to eat out and walk around.”
The lone vote against Bumgardner’s appointment was Lian Obrey, who said her opposition was not about the person but about the process.
Also unhappy with the process was Portia Bordelon, a Representative Town Meeting member who expressed interest in the seat to the Groton Democratic Town Committee following Moravsik’s resignation.
Bordelon’s concerns were that there was no interview, the selection process was not transparent and the council didn’t acknowledge her in its brief deliberations on Tuesday.
But a few councilors reached out to Bumgardner, and they discussed his appointment at a caucus meeting this…..
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