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Election 2011

The New Britain City Journal has asked candidates running for the Common Council Wards 4&5, Tax collector and City Treasurer to submit a short biography and a statement on why they are running. The following was submitted by candidates (in alpabetical order). Next week we will focus on another local Candidate Race.

WARD 4

Daniel Davis (R)

Daniel Davis is a 25 year old young republican and college graduate of North Carolina A&T State University where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. It was while in undergrad Daniel realized his passion and desire to serve people. Daniel is responsible for founding his school’s first conservative political organization, which he named the College Conservative Leadership Union. They were responsible for bringing conservative speakers to campus and holding open forums about political discourse of the day.

In addition to creation the political organization at his school, Daniel also had the privilege of interning in the U.S. Senate for a semester. Here he was honored to have the experience to learn government from the inside out and see its flaws and its rarities. It was during his time interning on Capitol Hill that Daniel realized his calling to the public sector. The intern’s primary goal at that time was leading constituent tours of the Capitol building, and on these tours, Daniel learned that people want to be led but simply need a

leader that they trust and believe in. The constituents were never shy about expressing their feelings of content or discontent with their government and Daniel would listen and ask himself what would he do differently to help.

Now is the time for Daniel Davis to help by simply applying common sense principles, willingness to work, and most importantly a willingness to listen and adhere to the needs of the people. If elected, his only goal to put the citizens of New Britain first.

Tobias Freeman (D)

I am the endorsed Democrat Party candidate for Alderman, 4th Ward on the Common Council. I have also been cross endorsed by the Working Families Party. I have lived in New Britain for the past 12 years and earned my Bachelors degree from Central Connecticut State University graduating with a double concentration in Accountancy and Business Administration. I am a certified public accountant and I have significant experience in budget analysis, government accounting, financial reporting and consulting. I am also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the National Association of Black Accountants and the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants, where I currently serve as Member-at-Large on the Advisory Council and a member on the Nominating Committee. As such, I have significant experience working in a team environment to ensure policies and procedures established as a collective group are properly implemented and monitored to ensure the best possible outcomes are achieved. I also support community activities as I currently serve as Chair of the Audit Committee and Board member of a local not-for-profit organization, I attend the fatherhood support group meetings in New Britain and I a member of the PTA at my daughter’s school.

As a resident and father of two, I will work hard to ensure the fiscal responsibility of the City which I believe will improve the communities in which we live by holding the City accountable to its residents. As a CPA, this will allow me to contribute to the Council to ensure the City is fiscally responsible by understanding and analyzing the City’s budget to ensure the City is operating effectively and efficiently. I will also fight to ensure our kids receive a quality education, to reduce the blighted properties around our neighborhoods, and to ensure that taxes are affordable and fair for all residents. Most importantly, I will be your sounding board. If there are any issues or concerns of yours, I will work just as hard as if they were my own. I believe with my professional experience and background, I will be able to effectively work with all members of City government, regardless of political affiliation to ensure we are all working for the same goal, the betterment of the City and the residents we serve.

Thanks again for your consideration of my candidacy as I seek your vote in the November 8th elections.

Larry Hermanowski (D)

Statement

A proponent of open and honest government. A fighter who listens to the citizens and advocates for their causes and an opponent of wasteful spending of the taxpayer money.

Goals

Increase Grand List

Stabilize the Budget

Provide quality and required Services to All the Residences

Government Positions Held

Alderman at Large

Mayor Pro Tem

Alderman District #4

Treasurer

Deputy Treasurer

Justice of the Peace

Democratic Town Committee Member

Chairman Charter Revision Committee

Building Commission Member

Wetlands Commissioner

Education:

Sales Application Engineering Manager, Grosite Precision Spindle Div. EDAC Technologies Corp. Farmington, CT

Local Schools

Porters School of Engineering Design

Hartford State Technical College

Associates Degree Mechanical Engineering

Civic Involvement

Member and Past President of the Pulaski Democratic Club

Member and Past President of the PNA Lodge 2093

Member of the Polish Falcons Nest 88

Member of the Polish American Council and Past Chairman of the Dozynki Festival

HRA / VITA TAX Preparation Volunteer

Don Naples (R)

Born and raised in New Britain. Eagle Scout. Engineer. Veteran: Career U.S. Coast Guard officer; retired with rank of Captain. 9 years of local government experience as Telecommunications Manager in General Services Agency, County of Alameda, CA. Owned and operated retail computer business in Newington for 3 years. Information Systems consultant. Retired.

Education: N.B.H.S. and U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduate; college degrees: B.S., M.S., M.B.A.

Volunteer for RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) at Trinity-on-Main performing arts center, 69 Main St., New Britain, and in New Britain City Hall, Mayor’s Office.

Other activities:

Chair, Zoning Board of Appeals, New Britain

Secretary, Central CT Regional Planning Agency (representing New Britain)

Board member and Past President, Trinity-on-Main LTD, New Britain

Member, Board of Governors, CT Society of Genealogists

Member, Board of Directors, Hartford Chapter, Barbershop Harmony Society

Website: www.naplesforalderman.com

WARD 5

Carlo Carlozzi Jr. (D)

My name is Carlo Carlozzi, Jr., and I have been a lifelong New Britain resident. I was educated in the New Britain public schools and graduated from New Britain High School. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington & Lee University, School of Commerce, Economics and Politics. For the past 20 years, I have worked in the finance, marketing and insurance industries and am employed as a sales representative for Liberty Mutual Insurance in Farmington.

I was first elected Alderman in 2009 and am seeking a second term. During that campaign, I committed to work hard as an Alderman, to always put New Britain FIRST and to work for the best interests of the 5th Ward and the City of New Britain. During the past two years my priorities have been to:

  • stabilize property taxes and reduce expenses wherever possible, Voted NO to a property tax increase, Voted NO to an increase in water & sewer fees
  • work to ensure safe streets and neighborhoods,
  • work to enforce Blight and noise ordinances, and
  • work to attract new businesses to New Britain, thus adding to the City’s Grand List.

These will continue to be my priorities during the next 2 years. I will continue to look for ways to reduce expenses in the city budget while maintaining the services needed by our residents. I will continue to support and encourage developers to come to New Britain and will continue to be a strong supporter of our public safety departments. I have served as a Council Liaison to the Board of Education, Police Department, Civil Service Commission, and to the New Britain Chamber of Commerce. I have served as a member of the Common Council Administration, Finance & Law Committee.

My involvement in the community spans over 25 years. Prior to my election as Alderman in 2009, I had served the city under 4 Mayors both Democratic and Republican as a Commissioner on the: Civil Service Commission, Chair — City Planning Commission, Chair — Building Dept Commission, Vice-Chair — Housing Board of Appeals. I am a member of the New Britain Chamber of Commerce, National Trustee of the Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA), member–Angelo Tomasso, Sr. Lodge OSIA, Past State President Connecticut Grand Lodge OSIA, Secretary/Treasurer New Britain UNICO Foundation, Inc., former member Board of Directors Pathways/Senderos Center, former member Board of Directors Neighborhood Housing Services, member of St. Jerome Church and previously served on the St. Jerome Finance Committee and as a Lector.

It is my desire that the city in which I was born, raised, educated and have lived in virtually my entire life, be a better place for everyone. I renew my commitment made two years ago…to work hard as an Alderman, to always put New Britain FIRST and to work for the best interests of the 5th Ward and the City of New Britain. I firmly believe that if we all work together as a community, everything is possible, we CAN make our community a better place to live, work and visit.

Roy Centeno (D)

Did not submit bio.

Carmelo Rodriguez (R)

Born in Puerto Rico, Carmelo Rodriguez came to Connecticut in 1977. He attended New London High School and graduated in 1987. After graduation he immediately signed up for the Army National Guard.

He met his wife Nancy who he has been married to for twenty years and have three lovely children. Vanessa, Veronica and Carmelo have grown up in their home located in New Britain, for the past fifteen years. All their children have attended the New Britain Public Schools.

Carmelo has been employed by the State of Connecticut Department of Corrections, for the past seventeen years. Throughout his career, Carmelo has received several prestigious awards such as: the Preservation of Life Award (three times), the Circle of Merit Award and several letters of recognition from Commissioner Theressa Lance and Govenor Jodi Rell.

His experience in the community has been through his involvement at Embassy Worship Center located on Arch Street in New Britain, where he served on the Executive and Finance Board. He also served as a Commissioner for the New Britain Board of Ethics. If elected Carmelo promises to hold the line on taxes and promote strong families and community involvement throughout New Britain.

Peter Scirpo (R)

Did not submit bio.

TAX COLLECTOR

Cheryl Blogoslawski (R)

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Bryant College (now University) and a Master’s Degree in Professional Accounting from the University of Hartford. I have over 15 years of financial experience working in the private sector, 10 most recently in the commercial real estate area. Primarily focusing on business accounting, my previous accounting life afforded me opportunities to assist in budgeting and forecasting and to be responsible for all aspects of financial statement preparation. I’ve dealt with mortgage escrow companies and banking institutions. I’ve also worked with outside independent auditors on proper year-end tax filings. I’ve become quite proficient with respect to computers having worked 15 yrs + in Windows and other various operating systems and software environments. All of this has proved to be a very detail-oriented, solid foundation to excel on and build from during my four years as New Britain’s Tax Collector.

I believe in our City. It is on the cusp of great things. Under Mayor Timothy Stewart’s leadership, New Britain has experienced unprecedented growth. Accordingly, the tax collector position has evolved into one that demands the education, financial background and experience to stay on top of complex tax structures as we continue to grow and move forward. Also, on a personal note, my family has a long-standing commitment to public service in New Britain. My father, Walter Blogoslawski, served on the Redevelopment Commission in the late 60’’s/early 70’s, my mother, Patricia Hoerle, on the Board of Education for most of the 80’s and, most recently, my sister, Linda Blogoslawski Mlynarczyk, as council woman and eventually Mayor in the early 90’s. Each of them believed in this city in his or her own special way and so do I.

I’ve learned and done much over the past four years as New Britain’s Tax Collector, but there is more to be done and always much more to be learned. My seeking re-election this November as the Tax Collector of our great city, the City of New Britain, is the first step.

Todd Szabo (D)

My name is Todd Szabo, I’m the endorsed Democratic candidate for tax collector. I have been your neighbor for twenty eight years and graduated from New Britain High School and Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s degree. I was elected to the Board of Assessment Appeals in 2009. I am currently endorsed by Connecticut Working Families and the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Council 4. If elected, I hope to bring a new approach and demeanor to the tax collectors office, improve customer service, modernize the office, implement a senior property tax relief program, and maintain or lower current property tax rates. In tough economic times, I know just how hard residents are trying to make ends meet. I wish to serve the community, my city, and my party to the best of my ability. I have worked as a grassroots organizer in the past; I hope to make my campaign about ideas and not about money and power. Please vote for Row A on Tuesday, November 8, 2011.

CITY TREASURER

Rich Lorch (R)

Did not submit bio.

Teresa Sapieha-Yanchak (D)

I was born in New Britain, attended local schools, and continue to live in town with my 9 year old twin sons, William and Timothy. My sons attend the DiLoreto Dual Language Magnet School and are proud to be Cub Scouts in Pack 732. I was married to the late Gregory Yanchak. I graduated from the University of Hartford with a BA in Psychology and from Central Connecticut State University with a Master’s degree. I work at the UConn School of Medicine as an Administrative Program Coordinator.

As a young child, my father would bring me to meetings at the Pulaski Club, Falcons, General Haller Post and his choir practice with Choir Polonia. I loved that he was involved with these organizations and knew so many people. This inspired me to become involved. When I turned 21, I joined the Pulaski Democratic Club and was introduced (thrown in) to the world of politics. I volunteered for a number of campaigns, most successful a few were not, but I learned a lot and met great people in the process. I was appointed to the Commission on Aging and later to the Board of Finance and Taxation for a number of years. Sitting on these commissions made me want to do more for the city so I decided to run for public office. In 2003 I won a city Council seat for Ward 4. That office was quite a learning experience and very time consuming. So, I chose to run for city Treasurer in 2005 (many thanks to everyone who voted for me) I was able to win and was truly honored to become the first female city treasurer.

I work hard and do my best for the city. I always listen to all sides of an issue and make decisions based on the facts and what I believe the people of New Britain want. I do not make decisions lightly, I have a tendency to ask a lot of questions because I feel that by asking questions it will be clearer for me or perhaps provide a different perspective to the situation. I hope to continue working as the treasurer of the city I love and promise to always do my best for the people of New Britain.