Mother and son from opposing parties run for Groton Town Council


GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) — In four short weeks residents will decide who will sit on the Groton town council and two of the candidates are very familiar to each other.

“We do believe this is funny because it just was not planned,” says Diane Marley-Barber.

She and her son Brandon Marley are both running for Groton town council.

She’s a Republican and he’s a Democrat.

We met them at Marley’s law office where he told us why he leans left.

“National immigration, abortion, marriage rights,” says Marley.

She explained why she’s on the right.

“I was an independent for many years and the last seven years have made me decide I am not happy with the way things are going,” says Marley-Barber.

Both believe their opposing party affiliations don’t mean as much on the local level.

“I think we can get a lot accomplished because we listen to each other’s logic,” says Marley.

“He will step back and just think about it for a long while the pros and cons and what have you and then he’ll form his opinion,” says Marley-Barber who started a political action committee to fight rising taxes more than a decade ago.

She worked two jobs and raised Brandon and his sister alone. By day she worked at Foxwoods Casino and then she was a baggage handler at T.F.Green Airport at night.

“She’s taught me everything I know,” says Marley. “My work ethic, how to stand up for myself.”

Win or lose at the end of the day they’re family.

“She is,” Marley explains as he tears up. “My biggest cheerleader.”

“Words can’t describe,” says his mom. “He’s just a good boy. He really is.”

Since there are nine seats on the town council it is possible both mother and son could be elected and sit on it together.

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