2019 Trumbull Democratic Candidates
2019 Trumbull Democratic Candidates
First selectman vicki tesoro
A vision we can count on: a safe community, with excellent schools, a varied housing stock to meet every need, abundant recreation opportunities, efficient services, and a sound financial profile.
A Trumbull resident for nearly thirty years, Vicki’s steadfast commitment and service to Trumbull is long-standing. Prior to her election as First Selectman in 2017, Vicki served on Trumbull’s Board of Finance (2016-2017) and Town Council (2011-2015). She spent two decades volunteering as an education advocate, including as a founding member of the Trumbull Partnership Against Underage Drinking (TPAUD). Vicki and her husband Tom raised their two daughters in the place they call home – Trumbull.
Anthony musto, town treasurer
Anthony has served the Town of Trumbull in multiple positions, including Town Treasurer for seven years. His education and experience as an accountant and attorney have helped him maximize investment returns and reduce costs. He will continue to work with First Selectman Tesoro to ensure Trumbull’s fiscal outlook remains strong. If re-elected, he hopes to continue to aggressively seek increased investment returns to keep taxes low. He also commits to working with the Pension Board to reduce unfunded liabilities.
mary markham, town clerk
Mary has been a Trumbull resident her entire life and has served the town in many capacities, including decades of volunteer work. Mary served as Trumbull’s Assistant Registrar of Voters for seven years and the Director of Recreation for more than 19, working under four first selectmen, both Democrats and Republicans. In January 2019, Mary became Democratic Registrar of Voters where she serves today. As Town Clerk, Mary will continue to serve Trumbull with integrity and unwavering dedication.
Board of Education
With a new appreciation of the challenges facing our district, Kathleen will continue to bring her focus, listening skills and critical thinking to the board in a sincere effort to invest wisely. As a Trumbull small business owner, property investor and parent of a THS graduate, she believes that nourishing the social, emotional, physical and intellectual qualities of our students will bring value to our community.
Since 1995, Tim has worked as an educator in the Wilton Public Schools. He has served in a variety of leadership roles and is the co-author of the “Bring a Vet to School Day” History Channel program. Tim is a certified EMT and Director of the Pinewood Lake beach. Tim hopes to look at the yearly budget in a holistic and fiscally responsible manner as a parent, teacher, administrator and Trumbull taxpayer.
Scot has been an active contributor to our school system from his involvement with the Daniels Farm Father’s Club, as PTSA President, and leadership of the Trumbull HS Marching Band parent association. As a parent and advocate, he is committed to a comprehensive K-12 education that provides rigorous academics and meaningful life experiences to serve the diverse student population of Trumbull.
Lucinda has been an educator for 41 years in Trumbull Public Schools. She was a House Principal for fifteen years and is a sitting board member. She currently supervises student teachers for the University of Bridgeport. Her collaborative disposition and fiscal acumen provide a responsible and effective commitment to education.
Mike has been an educator and principal in Trumbull schools for forty years. Mike is past President of Elementary Principals of CT and life member of CT Association of Schools. He currently serves on the Trumbull Board of Education. Mike is a veteran who served in the USMC.
Board of Finance
Michael is the managing director of a $5mm nonprofit and holds two graduate degrees from Yale, including an MBA. Michael is honored to serve as an Alternate Member of the Board of Finance. Michael will focus on financial prudence, bringing his management and financial expertise to town government.
Vinny is a believer in “giving back” and leveraging his experience to make a difference. As an alternate member for 8 years on the Board of Finance, he assessed the school technology upgrade program, resulting in the implementation of new technology. Vinny believes it is important to bring an honest, objective approach, especially where there are so many interests at stake.
Paul’s experience as First Selectman, Town Clerk, President of Connections Plus (specializing in community relations and developing new business customers), and President and CEO of BRBC (responsible for strategic planning, leadership, and economic development) will all be instrumental in his work for the Board Of Finance.
Planning & Zoning
fred garrity, jr.
Fred ensures that Trumbull’s quality of life is paramount in good planning for all. He works hard to make sure development is smart and consistent with Trumbull’s POCD. With 15 years of land use experience, Fred has served on Trumbull PZ, Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Regional Planning Agency. A known fundraiser for numerous charities, Fred holds both an MSM and MBA.
Tony served on Trumbull P&Z from 2007- 2016 and was re-appointed to the board in 2019. He helped rewrite the zoning regulations in 2008 and led the 2014 update of the Plan of Conservation and Development. Tony believes development should conform to existing regulations or the POCD. He opposes creation of unusual new zones and supports transparency, including reform of text-amendment rules, which serve only developers.
Zoning board of appeals, board of assessment appeals
zoning board of appeals
Steve is currently the chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals and a real estate lawyer. He is a long time member of the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Stamford. He and his wife, Jill, have been residents of Trumbull for 25 years and have raised their three children in town.
zoning board of appeals
Norm is a Nursing Professor at Sacred Heart University, as well as a Psych Nurse at Bridgeport Hospital. He has been a Trumbull resident for 30 years and is the father of three Trumbull Public School graduates. He has been actively involved in the community throughout his years. Norm looks forward to giving back while serving on the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Board of assessment appeals
Gail chose Trumbull 15 years ago as where she wanted to raise her children. She has volunteered for Trumbull Youth Association and has served as Deputy Treasurer for the First Selectman’s last 2 campaigns. Gail is committed to making Trumbull a better community for her family and friends.
town council district 1
Bill was elected to the Town Council in 2015. He improved management of the sewer projects, along with ongoing capital improvements to our roads, municipal buildings, parks, pools and schools. Bill will strengthen community engagement and collaborative decision making.
Dawn has served on the Town Council since 2015. She has volunteered for several community organizations, receiving the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Center for Family Justice. Transparency is important to Dawn, so she will continue to make her constituents aware of important town issues.
Giving back is Mary’s priority. Her volunteer efforts include serving on the PTA/PTA Council, Academic Excellence Committee,TPAUD, Underage Drinking & Drug Forum, Food Pantry, Trumbull Arts Festival, Trumbull’s first Restaurant Week and Chairman of the Senior Commission. In 2019 she received the Rotary Community Service Award and Keys to Democracy Volunteer Award.
Mike is actively involved in the community where he serves on the Trumbull Day Commission, is a member of Daniels Farm Father’s Club and Nichols Improvement Association, and coaches AYSO. Mike is a Sports Executive and two-time Emmy winner. He hopes to foster an open, collaborative environment and encourage residents to be vital participants in regular meetings and processes in government.
Town council district 2
Keith is active in the Nichols community and the Trumbull Historical Society. He coaches Odyssey of the Mind teams. In 2010, Keith helped lead residents opposing a natural gas plant in Nichols. In 2019, he worked to protect Nichols by preventing high density housing development. Keith promises to continue to bring integrity, accountability, and transparency to this role.
Kevin was elected to Town Council in 2017. While serving on the Trumbull Community TV committee, he worked on a bipartisan effort to develop guidelines for covering town government meetings. Kevin regularly hears from residents expressing their concerns and is proud of the successes addressing those concerns in his first two years. He is looking forward to the opportunity to continue to serve.
mary beth thornton
Mary Beth has ten years of experience as a Town Council Representative including Chair from 2017-2019. She continues to serve the residents of Trumbull with the utmost integrity. Mary Beth wants to preserve the high quality of life in Trumbull through fiscal responsibility and transparency, as well as smart commercial development that provides tax relief for the homeowner.
Tom has served 3 terms on Town Council (2011, 2015, 2017) as an Unaffiliated voter and is proud of the bi-partisanship he brings in putting the people first and town politics second. Tom is also a Trumbull educator. He promises to listen and provide a voice for the citizens of Trumbull and serve in a way that protects their interests and the interests of the town.
Town council district 3
christine el eris
As a product manager, Christine knows listening, learning, building relationships, and collaboration are necessary to achieve goals. She would use these skills on Town Council to improve Trumbull’s quality of life. As board member of the Trumbull Historical Society, Christine helped plan a House Tour of homes from every era and style. Christine looks forward the opportunity to give back on a broader scale.
Jason has served on the Town Council since 2015 and is currently Council Majority Leader and chair of the Aquatics Facilities Committee. Jason hopes to explore new and innovative ways to make more town services available online. He also looks forward to presenting the voters of Trumbull a proposal for a facility that will provide athletic and recreational opportunities for the entire community.
joanne glasser orenstein
Joanne graduated from NYU and has a BA in marketing. She works as the Health & Wellness Coordinator at the YMCA. Joanne is a member of the FS Committee on Health & Wellness and the Trumbull Day Committee. Her goals are to contribute to the Town’s overall health by supporting infrastructure improvements and to help residents of all ages feel supported and welcomed.
As a current District 3 Town Councilman, Eric co-authored an ordinance prohibiting the sale of tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, to those under age 21. If re-elected, his goals are to continue to serve residents in a civil, fair and honest manner, to practice fiscal responsibility, and to keep taxes stable.
Town council district 4
Joy Colon earned her B.S. in Special Education from New York University in 1999 and her M.S. from Fairfield University in 2006. Her professional experience includes working for the New York City Department of Education, Stamford Public Schools, and Greenwich Public Schools. Joy has volunteered in Stamford and Trumbull, teaching religious education classes to elementary school children.
Bruce is a past member of Trumbull Planning & Zoning and Inland/Wetlands Commissions and has been a trial lawyer for thirty years. Given the opportunity to serve a second term, Bruce will actively work to improve the town with Trumbull’s other insightful minds.
Ashley was elected to serve on the Town Council in 2017. She works with nonprofits on communications, strategic partnerships, and advocacy. Ashley is a licensed attorney and a mom to two. If re-elected, Ashley will continue to show up to a wide array of town meetings, do her due diligence on matters that come before the council, and focus on ensuring a high quality of life for residents of all ages.
Joe as always been strongly involved in his community. He is the owner of the Fairfield Comedy Club and a member of the Trumbull Rotary. Joe volunteers and serves on the board of Rebound Hounds, a non-profit that works to match rescue pups with families. Joe wants to ensure the residents of District 4 are fairly represented, through having an active and sincere dialogue with his constituents.
Lisa has served on the Town Council since 2015. She is currently the chair of the Finance Committee. She will continue to approach each issue in a levelheaded way and to keep taxes, safety, and economic development in mind. Lisa commits to analyzing issues carefully, prioritizing the greater good for all.
Raymond currently works for Utopia Home Care, helping those in need with live-in caregiving. In the past, he worked as a paralegal for Harris Beach Defense Firm. He and his wife Kristin have two children, Ray, Jr. and Lainie.
David is a Selective Service System board member and served on the Insurance Commission. He is dedicated to helping those in need. David has volunteered for the Red Cross, soup kitchens, and church fairs. He pledges to serve the community in an open and transparent manner.