Elections 2017

By at October 5, 2017 | 3:15 pm | Print

The New Britain City Journal asked those running for Common Council this November to write profiles about themselves for the paper. Below are submissions from the candidates that responded.

Ward 1

Jamie Giantonio (R-Incumbent)

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My name is Jamie Giantonio- I am 42 years old and a lifelong New Britain resident. I live at 185 Birchwood Drive with my wife of 17 years Kristen(Steele) Giantonio and our 3 children Nicholas(16), Morgan(15) and Benjamin(12); who all attend New Britain Public Schools. I am an IT professional at CA Technologies. I am finishing my third term on the council serving as the President Pro-Tempore this term.

Progress is everywhere you look. Budget surpluses and positive credit ratings have our finances on the right track. New businesses are opening and existing ones are expanding. Streetscape projects like Broad Street and downtown are continuing to beautify our neighborhoods. Developers are investing in our community with projects at the old Aquinas building and old Police station. New restaurants like Mofongo and the Back Nine Tavern are thriving. Alvarium has opened giving the city its first brewery in over 60 years. Events like Main St USA, the Great American Boom and the Rose Garden festival have people from all over CT flocking to our city.

I am proud that our government is more open, transparent and inclusive. The divisive political games that prevented progress are a thing of the the past.If re-elected I pledge to continue to work with all members of the council and city regardless of political affiliation. I will continue to look to eliminate wasteful spending, look for ways to save money and continue to invest in making improvements in our community.

Pride in our great city is at an all time high, I look forward to 2 more years of Leading the Way. Please support me and Team Stewart and vote Row B on November 7th.

Veronica DeLandro and Molly McGuire (D)

Veronica T. DeLandro and Molly McGuire, the Democratic candidates for Ward 1 Common Council in the November 7th city election, are stressing their concerns about the quality of education and protecting the city’s watershed as they campaign in the district that includes three polling places — Slade, Vance and the VFW Hall (replacing New Britain High School this year). The Ward 1 candidates are part of Mayoral Nominee Merrill Gay’s slate and are among six Democratic women running for seats on the 15-member Common Council.

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DeLandro brings extensive community service and nonprofit management experience to her run for council as a past President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Hartford Chapter, an NAACP member and as a youth and family services commissioner under the administration of Mayor Timothy Stewart. Professionally, she has served as executive director of two nonprofits, the College Summit, Inc. and the Aurora Women and Girls Foundation Inc. DeLandro holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Connecticut and earned her B.A. from Hampton University.

“As a Ward 1 resident there are several issues that concern me; increase in taxes, local government spending, expansion of Tilcon and New Britain’s water supply.” Said DeLandro. “I am opposed to the expansion Tilcon mining running into the city’s watershed and feel we must everything we can to protect and defend New Britain’s water resources. I’m running for office to improve the lines of communication between residents and the city. I feel it’s important that all residents in Ward 1 are informed, engaged, and aware of the issues that directly impact them.”

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McGuire, a 2016 graduate of Central Connecticut State University, works at CCSU’s art department and is part of the team that curates art shows and exhibits on the campus. She is an associate in the Visitor Experience department at the New Britain Museum of American Art.

Seeking elective office for the first time, McGuire says “the issues important to my candidacy are protecting the environment in whatever ways we can, making sure we have quality education in the public schools, and developing New Britain in a responsible way that respects the cultures and people who live in the city.”

Wilfredo Pabon (R-Incumbent)

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Ward 2

Lamar Bowsky and Brian Keith Albert (D)

The Ward 2 candidates for City Council on the Democratic slate are Lamar Bowsky and Brian Keith Albert. They are running with Merrill Gay in the 2017 Municipal elections and using their campaigns to stress the importance of city government’s commitment to education. They are both long time residents of New Britain and graduates of CCSU. They are both involved with the local NAACP, Brian as Legal Redress Chairman and Lamar as 2nd Vice President.

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Brian Keith Albert has spent his life involved with New Britain in many capacities, from working at the N.B. Welfare Dept in the 70’s and serving under several mayors on the City Planning + Neighborhood commission and the Community and Neighborhood Development commision. He has been active in the town’s Democratic party since 1977.

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Lamar Bowsky has a Bachelor of the Arts from CCSU in Criminology and Political Science. He also interned for the Attorney General’s office as well as the New Britain Police Department. He wants to focus on investing in New Britain’s future without relying further on our residents, saying “We will develop our cities economy so that our city can rely on a stable flow of money and take much of the tax burden off our residents.”

Brian is focused on the city expanding educational and recreational programs for middle school aged children, as well and homelessness and hunger intervention programs. Besides his work experience in social services he also has a Masters degree in Human Services and Administration from Antioch New England. Brian believes in improving New Britain’s school, saying “Social programs in New Britain have been underserved for decades especially in the north-west and east sides of town.. We need to build on the success of our educational, recreational, and family service programs.”

Jerrell Hargraves (R-Incumbent)

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Kristian Rosado (R-Incumbent)

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I’m Kristian Rosado and I’m running for Re-Election in Ward 2 on Team Stewart . I’m a longtime New Britain resident who also attended our City’s schools.

I’m the proud son of a father that served our country in the Armed Forces and a mother that taught in our school district . They showed me the value of hard work and love for God , Family and Community . Those core sense of values and principles are what have inspired me to serve our community .

Over the last two years I’ve had the honor and privilege of serving the residents of our City as a member of the City Council . As a Unaffiliated member of the City Council , I believe government is more effective when elected officials choose to put the concerns of the people over partisan party politics . When the business of government is done with honesty , transparency , accountability and efficiency , it benefits the people we’re called to serve .

Two years ago , the voters of Ward 2 entrusted me with the awesome responsibility to fight for THEIR cares and concerns and not of any political party.

In the last two years I’ve worked alongside Mayor Erin Stewart and our Bi-Partisan caucus of Democrats , Republicans and Unaffiliated’s , to return the City to results oriented governing . At a time when partisan political fights have plagued the ability to get things done at the federal or state levels , it has been refreshing to work with a team that continues to find bi-partisan solutions to confront the issues that are most important to our City residents . Our residents deserve Results over empty partisan rhetoric .

That style of governing is what has brought stability and responsibility to our City’s finances . Over the last few years as a team we’ve accomplished many successes such as balanced budgets , strong investments in our education , a four – notch upgrade in the City’s credit rating to an A+ , record number of new businesses while cutting the unemployment rate in half . We increased our Grand List , modernized our technology to reduce costs , transformed the landscape of our downtown and increased the City’s Rainy Day fund to 15 million .

I’m proud of my record and as an Independent , I feel it is time to look past party politics and vote for the candidates who will continue to work to make a difference . Mayor Stewart gets that , and I am honored to continue working with her as we continue to Lead the Way to a Better New Britain .

 

 

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