The Marlborough Republicans
Liz Gorgoglione - Board of Finance Incumbent
I am Liz Gorgoglione and am seeking your vote for re-election on the Marlborough Board of Finance. Financial education and accountability is imperative to both individual financial success as well as a community’s economic and financial success. I believe my background in business finance and my civic involvement with personal finance continues to bring a healthy perspective to the Board of Finance.
After being born and raised in Willimantic, I eventually made my way to Marlborough 13 years ago in 2006. The level community involvement in this town is one of the reasons that make it such a wonderful place to live! My daughters’ older sister was in 1st grade at MES at the time and I found myself immersed in the school and the community immediately. I have been a board member and basketball commissioner with the Marlborough Youth Athletic League and a basketball coach for the better part of 10 years.
Other civic involvement includes working with Junior Achievement and United Way for over 15 years, which has been immensely rewarding! Junior Achievement's programs are centered on work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy for children K-12. In 2016, I first introduced Junior Achievement’s JA DAY at MES and it is now annual event where every student will have a day of interactive activities focuses on these three areas. As part of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council, we advocate and volunteer in support of women and families having access to financial education resources in order to achieve financial security and independence.
My areas of professional experience consist of commercial credit, underwriting, small business lending, municipal finance, construction, rating agency reporting, regulatory compliance, and audit. This translates to almost 20 years of reading and analyzing financial statements as well as understanding how businesses and municipalities develop budgets and manage finances. Outside of a B.S. in Business Finance from ECSU, I have taken continuing education courses over my career through the New England College of Finance, Risk Management Association, and Omega Performance, and I am a 16-year member of the Real Estate Finance Association.
I want to see this town be the best it can be and that starts with its finances. I believe my experience and skill set will be of value in continuing to help build responsible budgets with the limited resources we have. I encourage people to look beyond party lines in our town election and look at the candidates themselves - your friends, your neighbors, the volunteers, etc. These are the people that are running for office. It’s WHO they are that matters - their ideas, their vision, their reputation, and their values.
I hope to continue bring value to the budging process with my background and also to help create more transparency with processes and information so that members of the community better understand what is that affects them and how. By doing what we can financially, we can continue to develop the town smartly while maintaining its small town feel!
This November, make your voice for fiscal responsibility be heard. Please support me in helping to make Marlborough an affordable place to live!
Ken Hjulstrom - Board of Finance Incumbent
I moved to Marlborough in 1986 with my wife Dee and my kids Justin and Jessica. Having grown up in a small town in Massachusetts, which was very similar to Marlborough, gave me the feeling that I had finally returned to my small-town roots. Once my children entered the school system my interest increased in becoming more involved in our school and in our community.
During my 33 years as a resident of Marlborough I have always valued the time I spent in service to Marlborough. I started getting involved in our community back in the 1990s as Co-Vice President of the PTO with my wife, Dee, and as a “worker bee” during the construction of the original PlayScape at Blish Park. Back during my days in the PTO I fondly recall publishing the monthly PTO Newsletter, collecting soup can labels to redeem towards some of the school’s first Apple computers and managing the PTO Science Fair.
Currently I serve as President of the Executive Board at the Florence Lord Senior Housing facility and as Secretary of the Marlborough Lions Club.
In the late 90s I became involved in Town Government, serving on the Marlborough Board of Education for 5 years (1998 to 2003), Board of Assessment Appeals (2009-2011) and as a member of the Board of Finance for the last 8 years, I have always dedicated myself to scrutinizing budgets and to insisting that your tax dollars are spent wisely.
As your “fiscal watchdog”, I am not afraid to speak my mind when I see budget items or expenditures, which fail to meet that standard. We owe that to Marlborough’s families, seniors and business community and I pledge to conduct myself accordingly.