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My Background

I’ve lived in New Milford for over 20 years with my wife, Cece, and son, Jake. I own my own small carpentry business and am also a journalist. I started my working career as an apprentice carpenter and later, put myself through college by working construction and taking plenty of night classes. I graduated summa cum laude in 1989 earning a BA in History from S.U.N.Y. College at Oswego.

The ability to get a good-paying job, without incurring a mountain of debt, is slipping away from too many young people, and I want to offer them greater opportunity for job training while they’re still in high school.

I understand the struggles of working families. I relocated to Connecticut when I was hired to join the editorial staff at Fine Homebuilding magazine in Newtown. After house-hunting throughout Fairfield county, I despaired of ever finding a place my young family could afford. Fortunately we discovered New Milford, which seemed to have everything a person could want in a town. I restored our Victorian home by myself, and committed myself to my new hometown as a community advocate.

I currently serve the town as the Chair of its Bike and Trail Committee, and its representative on the Board of Directors for HART Transit. I previously served on the Zoning Commission. My non-profit commitments include long-time service on the boards of the Trust for Historic Preservation and the New Milford River Trail Association, which I co-founded.

My focus on quality of life is based around the idea that everyone should be able to enjoy the town that they live in, and that New Milford can build upon its existing resources to address every resident’s needs and challenges.

When I was working construction, if you were hired to hang 30 sheets of drywall and you didn’t get it done, you were out of a job. We hired the Mayor to fix the roads, strengthen our schools, and improve our economy and he hasn’t gotten it done, so it’s time New Milford elected someone who will - Tom O’Brien

Please vote for me for Mayor of New Milford on November 5th