Candidate Q&A: Richard Barlow

First Selectman seeks third term.


Richard J. Barlow

Party, Position Seeking:

Republican, First Selectman


Lifelong resident of Canton, received a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University and a ME degree in Sanitary Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University

Family information:

Wife Carol, former Executive Director, Canton Housing Authority (“21”)

Daughter, Jennifer; Son, Geoffrey


Retired – Employed for 34 years by Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (over ten years as Chief of Waste Management Bureau with over 150 staff and $60 million annual budget)

Political Experience, if applicable:

Seeking third term as First Selectman

Other Relevant Experience, Community Service:

  • Former member Canton Zoning Commission
  • Former Coach Canton Youth Soccer
  • President and Coach Avon-Canton-Farmington Youth Hockey
  • Chairman, Central Connecticut Solid Waste Authority
  • Member – Canton League of Women Voters
  • Licensed Professional Engineer

Why are you running for office?

In these tough economic times, it is important to have leadership that can maintain the blend of needed services while being fiscally conservative. I wish to continue to provide that leadership.

What skills do you have that you could bring to the community?

I have proven in both state and local government to have the necessary administrative and leadership skills to effectively manage the Town. My State government experience has been invaluable in securing resources and assistance from State agencies.

If elected, what would be your primary areas of focus?

I will continue to focus my energy on maintaining the delivery of the optimum level of all the services, which our citizens expect while minimizing expenditures. I will also focus on implementing the capital infrastructure plan, which we have developed to maintain and upgrade our roads and municipal buildings. The updating of the Plan of Conservation and Development, which defines our long-term goals, must promote appropriate economic growth while maintaining the Town’s character. As always, I will continue to be an accessible and accountable leader for all our residents.

Name something the town has done well over the past four years.

The Board of Selectmen has continued to provide and, in some areas, expanded the delivery of services to our citizens while decreasing its expenditures.

What is something the town could have done better during the past four years?

Direct citizen participation is critical to good government. The Town could have been more successful in getting more citizens to participate on Town Boards and Commissions.


Bick Darlow November 06, 2011 at 11:52 AM
Sunday morning... Day 8 of power outage. Canton's power restoration is in reverse, now back up to 55% while neighboring communities down to 24%. They have First Selectmen (or equivilent) and team who obviously know how to get things done. Where's ours? Maybe out trimming trees? I hope the polling booth power is on Tuesday, because I know how I'm voting.
diane duran November 06, 2011 at 12:18 PM
It is 43 degrees in my home this morning, downed lines still laying all over the roads to our home. A neighborhood of foty homes was trapped by power lines and trees for TWO DAYS-no in or out access. The first CLP people we saw came Thursday at 4pm for their first "assessment". Tree workers who arrived friday said the selectmen wanted to have them stop working and have the residents wait for the National Gaurd so the town could get the tree work done for free. Your priorities are clear Mr. Barlow. It seems the safety of your residents means little. I know how I am voting and am working to persuade everyone I know to do the same.
N. Jon I. Twist November 06, 2011 at 01:56 PM
I didn't know we picked a 1st selectman based on CL&P's performance. What a lot of HOG WASH! Where was the other candidate for 1st selectman? And where was his wife? When Dick Barlow wasn't patroling town, watching CL&P's progress he was at the Shelter for those that couldn't stay in there cold homes. Carol Barlow put in many hours working in the kitchen to be sure those people were fed and had hot coffee. The other candidate when he got off his .... was out playing cop. We don't need another Mrs. nice with no cahones. Canton is lucky to have Dick Barlow as First Selectman, there NO question for whom I will vote.
diane duran November 06, 2011 at 02:45 PM
I don't want (or need) my selectman serving meals in the shelter. When an official running for office does this, it has as much of an effect on my voting as when they show up at the dump and offer to carry my garbage to the dumpster. I need him to be working with other state and local officials to pressure CLP to fix the situation. And I need him to approve the funds to contract services to remove trees to open our road. Our selectmen ARE partially responsible for helping to keep the citizens of our town safe. CLP rightly deserves our ire. But they are not solely resposible for this calamity.
Teresa Dotson November 06, 2011 at 04:13 PM
I will be voting for those candidates who went out and did something during this crisis instead of complaining about everything that is wrong or how to do it differently after the fact. As for the power issue, Mr Barlow has been working on making hydro-electricity possible again in Collinsville, this is part of a LONG-term solution to being self-sufficient for our power. As far as maintenance, he has spent his term investing money to get things up to par that have been neglected for YEARS. Actions speak louder than words and I will be voting for people who take action.
Lowell Humphrey November 06, 2011 at 06:35 PM
Wow. Mr. Twist is a bit out of line. Say what you might about my volunteer fire police service but FYI my wife was helping to care for and feed five households whose members elected to shelter in place, thus relieving the town of the need to shelter and feed them. Stay safe everyone.
Lowell Humphrey November 06, 2011 at 06:55 PM
First and foremost, If you are going to start pointing the finger...stand up and use your name. Secondly, just because you didn't see my face at the Community Center doesn't mean I wasn't helping people within the community. Maybe you are not aware, not all people without power came to the CS. Many older residents chose to stay put in their homes. Before you start attacking my character get your facts straight. Terri Humphrey
Andrew Ziemba November 07, 2011 at 11:51 AM
I hate it when people bring up inane discussion points in politics. First and foremost, more than anything else, it is one's words, leadership, ideas, character, and reliability that trump all else. Id rather vote for someone who was on vacation on a tropical island who just moved to canton if their plan for our success as a town was better and I knew I could trust them...


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