A Connecticut native, Jim and his family chose Granby in 2005 because of its great schools, farms and open spaces and rural residential character. Jim has served on the Board of Selectmen since 2015 and his prior civic service includes Granby Democratic Town Committee Chair and Secretary, Town Charter Revision Commissioner, Plan of Conservation and Development Committee member, service on two Town Building Committees, Holcomb Farm Board Treasurer and Executive Director, Granby Land Trust Steward and Granby Tennis Club President. A United States Army veteran and UConn graduate, Jim is former Vice-President of a Connecticut manufacturing company and currently works and teaches at the University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business. His Hidden Acre Vineyard grows grapes for making white wines.
Jim’s goals are to promote fiscally smart spending, to increase voter engagement and to uphold the longstanding values that have made Granby “The Pride of the Valley.” The people of Granby need to be an integrated part of this process so we can ultimately agree on budgets and other major issues through town-wide public voting. To reach that agreement, he believes our town must adopt new communication methods. We need an even more open, transparent process that gives people better information and an early voice in local issues and how we put our tax dollars to work. Town leaders must listen well to understand voter needs, and communicate better on municipal affairs, opportunities and challenges. Awareness and education are the cornerstones of building an informed and engaged voter base so we arrive at the best decisions, together, and keep Granby’s community spirit healthy and thriving.