LEDYARD TOWN COUNCIL CANDIDATES
Kevin Dombrowski is a member of the Ledyard Town Council where he serves as long-time Chair of the Land Use Committee. In the past, he has served on several Land Use Boards and Commission including Zoning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Economic Development Committee, making his a valuable resource for Land Use issues. He has also served as Town Council representative on the Economic Development Commission. Kevin and his wife have been Ledyard residents since 1998. Electric Boat has employed Kevin for over 30 years.
Kevin is a huge proponent of re-development of existing commercial areas in Gales Ferry and Ledyard Center. He encourages land-use regulations that allow for better development while maintaining Ledyard's rural character. He supports the need for preserving the quality of necessary services and education.
Paul Whitescarver, Captain USN (Ret), retired from the United States Navy in 2019 after 39 years of service to his country. During his last tour he commanded the Naval Submarine Base in Groton where he worked with local municipal leaders on issues impacting the surrounding communities. He participated in studies concerning route 12 traffic, reimbursement of education funds to local schools including Ledyard, to housing affordability. Upon retirement, Paul and his wife Katie settled in Gales Ferry due to its rural setting and quality of life. He has participated on the Ledyard Economic Development committee and currently serves on the Planning and Zoning Commission. Paul is the current Executive Director of the Southeastern Connecticut Economic Enterprise Region tackling issues of regional economic development from affordable housing, workforce development and childcare. Paul holds a degree from Virginia Tech in Economics, and master’s degree from Naval Post Graduate School Monterey in National Security Affairs.
Paul believes in responsible but limited Government, with government services focused on constituent safety, education and economic development that lowers our cost of living while preserving our way of life.
Whit Irwin is a current member of the Ledyard Town Council. He currently serves on Administration committee. His prior town experience includes service on the Ledyard Board of Education during the COVID-19 pandemic. He moved to Ledyard in 2005, intending to stay for three years, and became a lifelong resident. He married Holly Irwin in 2002, and the couple has three children: Conor (deceased), Gretchen (19), and Charles (3). Having spent more than 27 years in the U. S. Coast Guard, primarily as a rescue helicopter pilot, he is dedicated to public service. He has spent more than twenty years giving back and instructing in some capacity: basic and advanced helicopter flight techniques, associate professor at the Coast Guard Academy, adjunct faculty at Connecticut College, and various other instructional roles. He currently works for Sonalysts, Inc. as an Operations Research Analyst.
Whit believes Ledyard is a phenomenal small town, and will remain so with small transparent government, local control, fiscal responsibility, strong leadership, and traditional conservative values. Go Colonels!!
John Marshall, his wife, Kimlyn and his three children have been Ledyard residents since 2000. Kimlyn was born and raised here and brought her family back to attend the Ledyard school system. John has been a tool designer and draftsman for the first ten years after high school, and a union carpenter for 26 years. In the past, he has served on the finance committee, the administration committee, and was chairman of the community services committee. John also works as a liaison to the Ledyard Emergency services and the Permanent Municipal Building Committee. Johns knowledge of construction has proven beneficial in Ledyard's Building projects, adding insight and cost-saving measures. He volunteers at Ledyard Animal Control and the Gales Ferry Fire Department.
John is a firm believer in open and honest government, continuous improvement to our schools and senior services, and strong leadership with conservative values.
Gary Paul is a current elected member of the Town Council. He currently chairs both the Land Use Committee and The Community Relations Committee. He has previously served on the Economic Development Commission and the Ledyard Conservation Commission where he helped run the Hike Ledyard program. Gary grew up in Ledyard and attended Ledyard schools. Gary has been married to his wife Stephanie since 1994 and together they have raised four children ages 18-32 and are grandparents of two grandchildren. Gary has worked for Spicer Plus Inc for over 26 years and manages Advanced Heating Oil. When not working Gary enjoys writing and playing music and spending time with family. Gary is passionate about his hometown and a big believer in community, from outdoor movie nights in the summer to being an advocate for Mental Health Awareness.
Gary believes in fiscal responsibility and transparency in government were listening to our neighbors in our community and open discussion are keys to preserving what makes Ledyard not only a great place to live but will also help build a stronger community in the future.
Tim Ryan, along with his wife Amy and twin girls, is a recent transplant to Ledyard in 2019, although he has been a resident of Southeastern CT since 2003 when Tim started his employment at Electric Boat. Tim holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering, as well as a Masters in Engineering Management, and has a history of community/public involvement. Before moving to Ledyard, Tim served on New London’s Charter Review Board, Planning & Zoning Commission, and served as the Vice-Chair for New London’s Republican Town Committee. Last year, Tim was appointed to serve on Ledyard’s Planning & Zoning Commission.
Tim believes in procedural & fiscal transparency for government and strategic and logical methods of budgeting that ensure the primary needs of residents and their families are met balanced against what the town can afford. Tim is also a proponent of regionalization and shared resource approaches where they make sense, working with surrounding communities to share the burden of providing common services in a mutually beneficial way. Additionally, Tim supports efforts to continue making Ledyard more attractive to business while ensuring integration into the fabric of the town, maintaining what has attracted many people – including my family – to move here.