Incumbent Candidate, Board of Selectmen
Residents since 1996, Laurence Grotheer, 40 at the time, and his (much younger!) wife, Jeanette Glicksman, came to live in Woodbridge because of its reputation for first-rate public education. Their children are now active, engaged, contributing upperclassmen at Amity Regional High School.
Grotheer is a communications professional, who was first attracted to a career in journalism because of the critical role a free press plays in a democratic system of government. He has been a successful print and broadcast reporter, and for many years produced and anchored his own daily, business-oriented newscast.
Since 2000 Grotheer has been a press secretary for elected officials of both state and local governments. As a result, he has a hands-on, working knowledge of how all three levels of government interact. That experience also provides an appreciation for the complex manner in which essential programs and services are paid for and delivered at the local level.
In his current position as Director of Communications for the City of New Haven, Grotheer is part of the mayor’s staff and works closely with all city department heads. This involvement provides exposure to a range of financial, practical, and legal information regarding every aspect of municipal government—experience he brings to bear after work as a Selectman in Woodbridge.
Grotheer has held a number of volunteer positions in Town government since 2004, most notably as a Board of Finance member for four years, and now as Selectman for the past five. His liaison assignments to eight other boards and commissions over nine years give depth to his understanding of how Woodbridge works both day-to-day and over time.
Grotheer knows and respects how the good-natured, selfless donation of time and effort by countless volunteers provides the foundation and framework for a quality of life in Woodbridge that makes so many residents proud to call it home. He also knows the Town’s stable finances, prudent long-term planning, first-rate public schools, and recent infrastructure upgrades compare favorably with the best towns in Connecticut.
He is grateful for the chance he has to be part of it.