Candidates 2015

Larry Niland, Town Council

I wish to be able to give back to the community that has been my home for the past 20 years, and to help in making it a continually growing and vibrant community not only for ourselves, but for generations to come. I will use my 25 years of municipal experience to be sure that we use our limited tax dollars as wisely as possible, and my technical experience to ensure that we reap the full benefits of our technology investments. Please feel free to contact me at 860-659-4773 or email

David Peniston Jr, Board of Education

Growing up in a family of educators who were always heavily involved in town politics, I learned the importance of supporting my town. I plan to do what is necessary to insure that our taxes and town budget is spent wisely, so that Glastonbury continues to be one of the best towns for our children to be educated and to live in. Please feel free to contact me at 860.430.1562 or email at

Andrew Van Ostrand, Town Council

I am running for the Town Council because I want to serve my community and am confident my skills and attributes can improve the work of the Council and the lives of Glastonbury residents. Please feel free to contact me at

Julie Thompson, Board of Education

As a member of the Board of Education, I will use my experience as a parent, a former educator and as an attorney to make thoughtful, informed and responsible decisions that will ensure that Glastonbury schools can continue to provide excellent educational opportunities for the students to be prepared to meet the local and global challenges of the 21st Century. Please feel free to contact me at 860.299-5078 or email

Cara Tonucci Keefe, Town Council

I chose to settle here for the same reasons many of you chose it: our active and involved residents, open space and parks, and our excellent public schools. I will work across party lines to ensure our community has the open and accessible government we deserve.

Please feel free to contact me at 860-781-2192 or email

Tom Gullotta, Town Council

How we address the major issues Glastonbury faces today— distinguishing between what is nice and what is necessary to spend your hard earned tax dollars on, open space acquisition, and the redevelopment of the town center—will have a significant impact on our town’s quality of life in the future. That is why I run.  Please feel free to contact me at 860-633-9788 or email

Jill Barry, Town Council

As a member of the Town Council, I bring my professional strengths in budget analysis and strategic planning along with the knowledge gained from my time with Youth & Family Services. I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Glastonbury.

Please feel free to contact me at 860-652-8326 or email

Lisa Furbush, Board of Education

Re-elected November 2011

As the current Secretary for the Glastonbury Board of Education, I take a position of leadership very seriously and will strive to maintain the high quality of education for our students as a first priority. Please contact me at 860-306-5170 or