My life in Glastonbury began when my late parents chose this town to raise my brother Kent, my sister Karen and me 56 years ago. Here I learned the value of family, friends, faith and responsibility. We played football in my front yard and I taught my sister how to ride a bike in our driveway, and that’s the house I live in today. The Cavanaughs’ commitment to public service and safety began when my brother, Kent, joined the Glastonbury Fire Department Co. #4. I soon followed and then switched to the Glastonbury Police Department as a special police officer and drove a school bus for many years. My nephew, Neal is a Glastonbury Police Officer K-9 handler. Our family is part of Glastonbury and Glastonbury is part of us. I want future generations to be able to experience the Glastonbury that my family and I have.
I am grateful for what Glastonbury has given to my family but I know this Town’s gifts aren’t free. It takes work to make a successful community. I’ve literally spent my entire adult life working to make this Town the best community that it can be. When I was elected to the Board of Fire Commissioners at the age of 30 I was the youngest elected official in Town history, and since then I’ve served on many boards and commissions, as well as on the Council for 28 years. My goals are simple: I want our Town to offer the best services at the lowest possible cost, and to preserve the historic New England character of this special place. I’m not afraid to ask the tough questions and ruffle feathers if I have to in order to get the answers. But I also want our Town government to function with civility and cooperation, and I think that both parties here have worked together to solve problems and be respectful of each other’s views. I hope the voters will allow me to continue my efforts to keep Glastonbury a special place to raise a family, run a business, or enjoy the fresh air and open spaces.