Name: Frank Twohill
Years of residence in Branford: Life-long Branford resident.
Party affiliation: Republican
Position running for: Incumbent Representative Town Meeting Member, (R.T.M.,) 1st District.
Branford Patch: When you’re not sitting in committee and full meetings, what are you doing? i.e. work and fun?
Branford Patch: How many years have you been a sitting member of Branford politics?
Frank Twohill: RTM Member: 20 years.
Branford Patch: How long have you been actively engaged in politics in general?
Frank Twohill: 22.
Branford Patch: What was your first foray into politics?
Frank Twohill: The Board of Selectmen appointed me to the Town Conservation & Environment Commission. At my very first meeting, I was elected Chairman of the Commission.
Branford Patch: What’s your 10-second elevator pitch for getting elected?
Frank Twohill: I am honored to represent the First District residents on the Branford RTM. I vote to spend your taxes like it's my own – as frugal as possible.
Branford Patch: What’s one thing right about Branford politics?
Frank Twohill: One thing right with Branford politics is the ample number of volunteers to sit on the RTM each year.
Branford Patch: What’s one thing you’d like to see changed?
Frank Twohill: One thing wrong with Branford politics is that recently the tone of some invoilved has changed to rudeness, condecension and closed mindedness.
Branford Patch: Regardless of your party affiliation, can you name one good thing about the current First Selectman Anthony “Unk” DaRos and one good thing about his challenger, Joy McConnell?
Frank Twohill: Good thing about "Unk" is that he knows the Town well; good thing about Joy is that she will bring a fresh examination to improve all Town services.
Branford Patch: What has been the most exciting national election you have every voted in? Local?
Frank Twohill: The most exciting national election that I voted in was the Bush-Gore Presidential ballot because it was a virtual tie. The most exciting local election I voted in was when Judy Gott beat Peter Ablondi for First Selectman.
Branford Patch: What’s one piece of advice you would give apathetic voters about the importance of casting his or her ballot?
Frank Twohill: Do not be apathetic. Get involved in your democracy. Yourinfluence is great, use it!
Branford Patch: What’s the one thing that you like best about Branford?
Frank Twohill: What I like best about Branford is the splendid geography within our borders, from islands to ridges and our beautiful and vibrant Town Center.
Branford Patch: Why did you decide to run for re-election?
Frank Twohill: I'm running for re-election because I genuinely like to be involved in helping to conduct Branford's business and I like working with the people involved in both political parties.
Meet RTM First District candidate Virginia L. Stanlake-D and RTM Third District candidate Ali M. Abulugma-R tomorrow (the following First and Second District candidates did not fill out their Q&As: Dorothy G. Maynard-D, Clare A. Torelli-D, Paul J. Costanzo-R, George D. Wells III-R, Joshua D. Brooks-D, C. James Walker III-R, and David M. Baker-D).
Did you miss the stories on the candidates for selectman’s office? Check out the profiles below:Candidacy Republican Democrat First Selectman (challenger) Selectman