Milford Democratic Candidates for

1st District

Ellen Beatty

Candidate for: 1st District, Board of Aldermen

Ellen BeattyEllen Beatty is seeking her second term on the Board of Aldermen after an accomplished career in nursing and higher education.

  • B.S. Molloy College (Nursing)
  • M.A. New York University (Nursing)
  • M.Ed. & Ed.D. Columbia University
  • Professor Emeritus, Public Health and Nursing – Southern Connecticut State University
  • Former Director of Nursing Program, Mercy College
  • Served as Commissioner, Milford Transit District
  • Former Executive Board / Chair of the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central CT

Ellen’s husband Ed is a retired Battalion Chief with the Milford Fire Department and is an Eagle Scout. She has three sons, Luke, Zack, and Nicholas.

“I look forward to serving a second term as Alderperson here in Milford”


Nija Phelps

Candidate for: 1st District, Board of Aldermen

Nija PhelpsNija worked as a transportation center secretary at Purdue University for 5 years. She left her job to provide care for her disabled mother-in-law. She moved to Connecticut 2 1⁄2 years ago when her husband Matthew was hired by Sikorsky. She studied Communications and believes in the value of teamwork to accomplish goals. She is eager to contribute to her neighborhood.

  • Volunteer board member of Fairfield Standing United, The Women’s March-CT, NARAL Pro-Choice CT, CT-NOW
  • Supporter of The Metropolitan Opera, National Public Radio

“I support an interdependent society to achieve further success for our community.”


Ray Arnold

Candidate for: 1st District, Board of Education

Ray ArnoldRay Arnold is a 30 year resident of Milford, residing at 50 Herbert Street. He is married to Ann Arnold and has put two children, Raymond and Lena through Milford Public Schools.

  • Corporate Engineer for Unicorr Packaging Group
  • Has served on the Milford Housing Board, Milford Library Board, and the Christ the Redeemer Parish Council.
  • Former Coach of Milford United Soccer Club and Milford International Little League
  • BSIE – Virginia Polytechnic University and State University

Ray is devoted to his family, friends, and improving his home. He is committed to the Milford community and the public school system it provides.

He looks forward to improving the Board of Education, by making it more accessible.


Desi Tango

Candidate for: 1st District, Board of Education

Desi TangoDesi Tango is a Milford resident of over 20 years. Desi and her husband, Luke Lynch, have put two children, Luke and Anna, through the Milford Public School system. She is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, lived in New York City for many years, and currently works in Accounts Receivable for RCM Technologies in Shelton. She is a devoted community member and advocate for children.

  • Member of PTAs of Mathewson and Harborside schools
  • Executive Committee for Milford’s, Relay for Life
  • Various school sponsored extracurricular activities, Sports, JLHS Post prom, Mathewson, and JLHS drama productions

Desi looks forward to giving back to her community by serving on the Board of Education.


Peg Kearney

Candidate for: 1st District, Planning & Zoning


Peggy is a 26-year resident of Milford who recently retired from the marketing department of Subway. She and her husband have been married for 33 years and raised two sons, both graduates of Jonathan Law High School.

  • Member, Milford 9-11 Commission
  • Board member, Woodruff Family Y, 2008-2016
  • Recipient, CT PTA Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Past co-coordinator, Milford’s Promise
  • Past board member, Jonathan Law Sports Association