Candidates for November 5, 2013 Municipal Election
The Clinton Republican Town Committee (RTC) has announced its list of party endorsed candidates for the November 5th election. Topping the slate is Phil Sengle, who is seeking the position of First Selectman. The candidates were selected at an RTC meeting held on July 23rd at the Town Hall.
Phil is relatively new to town, bringing new perspectives and experiences. He is a retired engineer and sales director who completed a long career with various AT&T Companies, starting with Bell Laboratories in Allentown, PA and finishing with Alcatel – Lucent in San Antonio, TX. Phil and his wife Linda grew up in Berlin, CT attending Berlin High School where he was also a volunteer fireman. They have two adult sons and a granddaughter. After a Navy hitch serving on the USS Spiegel Grove LSD-32 as the lead electronics technician, the family moved to Easton, PA where Phil attended and graduated from Lafayette College School of Engineering. Moving to Plainville, CT in 1974, Phil became involved in politics. He served as RTC Chair, ran for Town Council in 1977, served on the Board of Tax Review, served on two Charter Revision Commissions and on a School Reuse Committee. Very active in youth baseball, Phil coached a Little League team, co-founded a J-C Courant League Team (Plainville Pinnacles) and served as business manager of the Plainville American Legion Team.
Moving to San Antonio in 2000, Phil became the first President of the Canyon Springs Homeowners Association. This Association is comprised seven neighborhoods, ~900 homes, ~15 miles of association owned roads, a recreation center, a park, building permit office and security force. It had a budget of ~$1.5M. Moving to Clinton in 2009, Phil became the first Chairman of the newly formed Fair Rent Commission in 2010. Since then he became Chairman of the RTC, is a member of the William Stanton Andrews Memorial Town Hall Renovation Committee, served on Planning & Zoning as an Alternate, was elected to the Police Commission in 2011 and is now a citizen volunteer on the P&Z sub-committee formulating the new Town Plan of Conservation and Development. Additionally Phil is active in the Westbrook Elks Lodge and the First Church of Christ, Congregational. Offering a statement, Phil said “I believe the voters of Clinton deserve a qualified and respectable choice. I hope the voters agree that I am that choice.” “I have no agenda but to serve.”
Carol Walter is a long time resident who currently serves on the Board of Selectmen and is seeking her third term. She serves on the Capital Expenditures Commission, and the Economic Development Commission. Carol previously served on the Municipal Operations Committee, numerous Board of Education committees and as a volunteer running Clinton’s 1630 House welcoming visitors to the town. She has been a certified teacher who substituted in Clinton for many years and served as a tutor for homebound students. Carol also has worked at the Henry Carter Hull Library for the past 14 years. She is currently liaison to the P&Z Planning Committee. Carol and her husband, Bill, own and operate Bill Walter & Sons Septic Service and have two adult sons, Dylan and Jason Walter. The Walters are proud to call Clinton home for four generations.
Rounding out the slate for Board of Selectmen is John Giannotti. John is a lifelong resident who has successfully operated Waterside Building and Development in Clinton for 25 years. John is seeking his second term on the Board of Selectmen. He is a valuable member of the Morgan School Building Committee and the Municipal Building Committee. He is often credited with saving money for the town on projects large and small due to his construction expertise. John and his wife, Missy, are parents of two children.
For the Board of Education (BOE), the RTC has nominated Dr. Mike Giordano, a Neurosurgeon, and a Morgan graduate who will soon complete his law degree at Yale University. Also nominated is Ray Moore, a nuclear physicist (PhD), and former college professor with a particular interest in new technology related to teaching. Phil Sengle commented that “we are very pleased to present candidates who are truly qualified to be on the Board of Education. We are proud of our choices for BOE and hope the voters recognize their value to their children’s education and support their election.”
The following is a complete list of Republican nominees for office in order of appearance on ballot:
First Selectman: Phil Sengle
Board of Selectmen: Carol Walter and John A. Giannotti
Town Treasurer: Todd Pozefsky
Board of Finance: Doug Traynor
Board of Finance Alternate: Bruce Farmer
Board of Education: Dr. Mike Giordano and Ray Moore, PhD
Board of Assessment Appeals: Carl Neri
Board of Assessment Appeals Alternate: Mark Wolf
Planning & Zoning Commission: Edward Alberino, James Staunton, Mike Knudsen
Planning & Zoning Commission Alternate: Kirk Carr
Zoning Board of Appeals: Mark Richards and Bill Walter
Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate: Bruce Farmer
Police Commissioners: Lou Russo and Kim Neri-Simoncini