WE INVEST IN SHELTON'S FUTURE
We will revitalize downtown, so that everyone can enjoy a stroll down “Main Street”
We will improve civic buildings and instill pride in our city hall, libraries & schools.
We will expand and improve investments in our beautiful parks and open spaces.
WE SUPPORT QUALITY EDUCATION
Our children are the future.
We will make Shelton into a prototype for improvements in our State.
Our improvements to education will attract families and increase property values.
WE FIGHT FOR OPEN, HONEST, RESPECTFUL & EFFICIENT GOVERNANCE
We will improve transparency of all government operations.
We champion ethical practices to remove conflicts of interest.
We will keep tax rates attractive by using funds wisely, balancing savings and
expenditures across departments, taxing fairly, diversifying Shelton's revenue sources.
WE PLEDGE TO REPRESENT AND PROTECT
THE INTERESTS OF ALL SHELTON RESIDENTS.
OUR PLEDGE TO SHELTON
David A. Eldridge grew up in Shelton, Connecticut and attended the public school system. David was an active member of the Shelton & Derby Boys and Girls Club and was named "Boy of the Year" in 1981. After graduating from Shelton High School he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp and proudly served our country for five years achieving the rank of Sergeant. David was awarded the Combat Action Medal for his service in the Beirut and Grenada conflicts.
After completing his United States Marine Corp service, David went on for schooling at the Wentworth Institute of Technology for Airframe and Powerplant Operations and worked for Avco Lycoming until becoming a police officer for the City of Shelton in 1989. He served the local community in this role for 31 years and retired in July of 2020. During his 31 year law enforcement career, David was a Field Training Officer, a Crime Prevention Officer, served in the Valley Street Crime Unit, the Anti Gang Unit in Bridgeport and was an undercover officer for the Statewide Narcotics Division of the Connecticut State Police where he worked on complex cases involving narcotics trafficking. He is a qualified expert witness in the sale, manufacturing and distribution of narcotics. David received the "Life Saving Award" for jumping into the Housatonic River to save an individual that was thrown from the Shelton-Derby Bridge into the water. In 2019 he received the Connecticut Chief of Police "Officer of the Year Award" and in the same year he was named the American Legion "Officer of the Year".
David is known for his outstanding work ethic and in addition to his law enforcement career, he has owned two small businesses, Anna's Place in Shelton from 1991-1995 and Taylor's Floral Arts in Westport which was sold in 1999. He has also worked a second full time job at Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford for the past 13 years and continues to be employed there today.
Throughout his career he has served in elected and volunteer positions in the Shelton community. He was twice elected to the Shelton Board of Aldermen for Ward 2, He is a member of the Shelton Boys & Girls Club Alumni group, the American Legion Sutter Terlizi Post 16, and the Marine Corp League.
David has rolled up his sleeves through the years organizing and participating in neighborhood clean ups and other efforts dedicated to maintaining a good quality of life in Shelton.
David lives in the Pine Rock section of Shelton with his three daughters Emily, Megan and Giovanna and his Australian Shepherd, Lucy.
1st WARD ALDERMAN
Dave and his wife have been residents of Shelton for 40 years. They have two adult children. Dave has been a scout leader, a Sunday Schools teacher, church youth leader and youth soccer coach. He holds a BS from the University of Detroit and an MS from Wayne State University. Dave has worked for GE, NASA and currently is co-owner of a consulting firm specializing in occupational safety and health. He has served on several national professional boards and is past president of a foundation that awards college scholarships within the occupational safety and health profession. For a number of years Dave provided consulting services to the Shelton Board of Education regarding asbestos, lead and indoor air quality.
Dave served two terms on the Board of Education (2015-19). While on the BOE he was committed to working to improve the academic performance of Shelton students, increasing their SAT scores and increasing the graduation rate. While on the BOE he participated in a number hearings involving student conduct and always worked to see that the student’s best interest was kept in mind.
As your alderman Dave will work to support proper funding for schools while ensuring that total City expenditures are used in such a manner that the City gets the most for their money. Dave will also work to see that the City Student Transportation Company is run as a business and if there are no real cost savings that the City gets out of the transportation business. Dave will work to establish a capital fund to build up cash reserves to make large purchases and only use bonding for long term projects. Dave will
work to see that each City Department has yearly goals to meet in order to determine job performance. Finally, Dave will hold quarterly meetings with Ward 1 residents to gather their input on the performance of city government.
1st WARD ALDERMAN
Wayne Bragg and his wife Kate have lived in Shelton for 30 years. He is a local small business owner, Adjunct Professor at UCONN and a former Sikorsky executive. Wayne has become invested in the betterment of the community, serving as a member of Shelton’s Board of Apportionment and Taxation and currently a Corporator at Griffin Hospital.
Wayne is running for the Board of Aldermen because, as a past member of A&T, he has seen and spoke out about the need for a strong finance board that provides needed checks and balances and financial oversight to ensure our tax dollars are safeguarded.
Shelton’s Board of Aldermen is the city’s fiscal authority. They approve the budget and regulate debt and borrowing, a responsibility that requires strong management, leadership, and a financial background. Wayne holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut. As an Adjunct Professor he teaches Graduate Accounting in the Executive MBA program and works with veterans in UCONN’s Entrepreneurial Bootcamp. Prior to teaching, he held numerous financial positions at Sikorsky and Pratt & Whitney Aircraft. As Controller at Sikorsky, he directed the financial and capital planning and budgeting systems. If elected, with these skills, Wayne is focused on:
1. Improving the adversarial relationship between the Board of Education and the Board of Aldermen.
2. Restoring A&T’s oversight role and making them a business partner to the Aldermen.
3. Bringing a strategic focus to the budget process by evaluating the city’s needs to deliver high quality services and a world-class education system.
As Alderman, Wayne will work to bring transparency to all the Aldermen’s financial decisions and change the budget process to one that holds all boards and departments accountable for both performance and spending decisions. He is committed to work every day on bringing transparency to every business decision.
2nd WARD ALDERMAN
Kevin Kosty is a Scientist living and working in Shelton, and is seeking to represent Shelton's Second Ward on the Board of Alderman. A resident of downtown Shelton for 13 years, Kevin’s vision is to lead the downtown redevelopment with a pedestrian friendly downtown and solve the parking issue to attract high quality restaurants and small businesses.
Kevin believes that efforts to transform Shelton and realize our city’s full potential start with building transparency and openness in our Municipal government and budget process. Kevin supports transforming Board of Apportionment and Taxation into a true Board of Finance with budgeting authority and the ability to perform a forensic audit and reforming the selection member process for the Board of Ethics to allow it to be a true watchdog ensuring our elected officials act in the best interest of all citizens.
Kevin graduated from Nazareth College of Rochester with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and has worked as a scientist in environmental and materials labs, and as a training and technical support specialist. Having taken an interest in Science at an early age, Kevin will champion a strong S.T.E.M. educational program in Shelton schools to prepare our students for the advanced jobs of America’s future.
3rd Ward Alderman
BIO COMING SOON...
PLANNING AND ZONING
Jimmy grew up in Shelton and attended Shelton Public Schools. A graduate of Fordham University in New York City, Jimmy studied Business Administration and Economics. He is Chairman of the Valley United Way’s Community Campaign and serves on their Board of Directors, as well as the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley Board of Directors and Griffin Hospital Board of Corporators.
Jimmy never stops thinking about Shelton's future. He is a forthright advocate for balanced development, and speaks honestly about the need for smart growth. That's why Jimmy has consistently and effectively fought against high-density developments.
Jimmy believes in a business-friendly community that maintains a stable tax-rate. He supports developments that bring good jobs with rising incomes to Shelton. Jimmy is thoughtfully planning for our future, taking into consideration our road and infrastructure needs, while focusing on a more vibrant downtown Shelton.
Jimmy was previously elected to the Board of Apportionment and Taxation, where he worked to tighten the budget by decreasing taxes while maintaining key services.
A resident of Downtown Shelton, Jimmy started Celebrate Shelton with fellow business-owners dedicated to promoting our Downtown and providing free family events and concerts.
Jimmy has been named Top 40 Under 40 in Connecticut, as nominated by the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce.
PLANNING AND ZONING
Nancy Dickal has been a resident of Shelton for the past 42 years. She and her husband Alan have two daughters, Dawn and Lisa, both graduates of Shelton High School. Her youngest daughter Lisa is an active state licensed wildlife rehabilitator, and a Shelton/Derby animal control officer.
Nancy is a former member of the Board of Apportionment & Taxation, former Planning and Zoning Commissioner, and currently a Planning and Zoning Alternate.
Nancy recognizes the need for continued commitment and attention for Shelton to achieve a balance of growth and address the ongoing residential, conservation, traffic concerns.
Nancy actively volunteers in her spare time helping senior citizens, assisting her daughter in animal rescues, Shelton Earth Day Sweeps and has 'Adopted A Street' to help keep Shelton litter free. As a Planning & Zoning Commissioner, she promises to continue in passionately advocating for thoughtful planning and beneficial development to help protect the character of Shelton.
PLANNING AND ZONING
John Uysal (Alternate)
John’s top priority is to maintain and improve the quality of life for the people of Shelton. John grew up in Shelton and is a product of Shelton Public Schools. He is a graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston with a degree in Political Science. You may recognize John from Scooter’s Deli Mart, a small business in Shelton owned by his family for 22 years.
Giving back to the community is important to John. With the experience of running a locally owned business and being a lifelong resident of the city, John will add a valuable perspective to the Planning and Zoning Commission. He supports sustainable and balanced development that will allow the city to maintain low taxes. John is optimistic that the full potential of our Downtown area can be unharnessed to become a regional center of commerce.
As a Planning and Zoning Alternate, John will be a straightforward advocate for the interests of his constituents. He prioritizes issues such as the conservation of green space and the improvement of traffic conditions. John, like everyone else, wants to keep Shelton a place you can call home."
BOARD OF EDUCATION
Kate Kutash is a 25 year resident of Shelton and is running for her sixth term as member of the BOE. A recently retired teacher, Kate taught at the elementary level for 43 years in Stratford. She is one of only two Board members with teaching experience and can relate to classroom challenges over the past year. As a teacher and a parent, Kate understands the concerns of Shelton’s teachers, parents and students.
She currently serves on the Teaching and Learning Committee and is acting chair of the Policy Committee. She frequently has been a member of negotiation teams for contracts with several unions and participated in the interview process for many major administrative positions. Kate Kutash lives with her husband, Steve, a Shelton native. Their children, Kelly and Sarah, attended Shelton Public Schools. Kate was involved in PTAs at all levels, including as PTA Council President and was an active band and drama parent.
Kate is a graduate of Western Connecticut State College and SCSU, with BS, MS and 6th year degrees in Education.
As a member of the Shelton BOE, Kate strongly supports Fine Arts and is especially dedicated to expanding involvement in the music programs grades 5-12 and expanding music course opportunities at the high school. She will continue to work to maintain and improve upon the quality education currently offered to Shelton students and to publicly recognize their achievements.
BOARD OF EDUCATION
Patti Moonan has been a resident of Shelton for 7 years and is currently seeking re-election to the Board of Education for a second term. While serving on the Board of Education, Patti has been a committee member of the Policy and Teaching and Learning Committees. Some of her accomplishments include advocating and helping to draft the Student Representative Policy and collaborating with the Teaching and Learning Staff around the district’s Social Emotional Learning program. Patti is a firm believer that the role of a BOE member is to advocate for a strong education system that is well funded for the betterment of Shelton’s students.
Patti earned her BA from the University at Albany and a MA from Fairfield
University. She has worked in the legal and financial fields, as a Paralegal at a large NYC law firm and as a Corporate Lending Officer for Chase Bank in
Manhattan. After the passing of her husband, Patti changed the focus of her life’s work and is currently a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working with Adolescents and their Families in the Town of North Haven.
She is on the Leadership Council at Adam’s House and volunteers as a FIG (Friend in Grief) for the organization as well.
Patti is a mother of three grown children and a grandmother of two.
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BOARD OF APPORTIONMENT AND TAXATION
Joe Knapik has always been active in civic affairs and is seeking a fourth term on the Board of Apportionment & Taxation. As a long time Shelton resident, he has held a seat on the Shelton Board of Education, the Conservation Commission, and most recently the Board of Apportionment & Taxation. Joe also served on the Griffin Hospital Community Council.
Joe has worked in both education and industry, and has been a member of Connecticut and National Education Associations and Teamsters Local – 1150. He holds a B.A. degree from Quinnipiac University and an M.S. and Sixth Year from Southern Connecticut State University.
Joe believes A&T should be supported by the administration and that, currently, it is not. Minutes should be provided in advance of meetings, monthly financial summaries should be supplied and transfer requests should be timely. He also believes that department heads should appear to support their yearly budget requests and that contrived surplus' should be questioned. If re-elected, Joe will continue to support our low tax rate, advocate for more effective use of the city’s cash flow, and fight for greater fiscal accountability.
Board of Apportionment and Taxation
My name is Jarrett Frazier and I am a new resident to Shelton who is running with a group of qualified Democratic candidates for Board of Apportionment and Taxation. I believe my experience in the corporate world and volunteering in local politics and on local campaigns helps me understand the role of service for my fellow residents in Shelton. I'm ready to work for Shelton and invest in Shelton's future.
I'm a proud husband to my wife Lauren and a proud father of our son Amias, born the week of the global pandemic in 2020, and baby girl coming this September 2021. I work at NBC Universal for the digital streaming app Peacock as Director of System Engineering and Reliability for Direct to Consumers. My family and I are very happy to be new residents who are ready to give back to Shelton.
Since joining NBC for the 2012 London Olympics, I have had the opportunity to grow and develop my skills as an operator, engineer, manager and director. During the Sochi and Rio Olympics, I lead teams coordinating schedules and developing system workflows. As a corporate manager, I have overseen the transmission engineering and operations for multiple large-scale events on various NBC Sports properties such as Super Bowl LII, the PyeongChang Olympics, the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Sunday Night Football and recently the launch of the new Peacock streaming app in 2020.
Before joining NBC, I attended Western Carolina University in North Carolina and earned my Bachelors degree in Communications with a dual concentration in Broadcasting and Journalism and a minor in Leadership.
BOARD OF LIBRARY DIRECTORS
Jean Cayer was born in Bridgeport, CT. She earned a BS and MS in Biology at the University of Bridgeport and started her career at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. Jean began as a Medical Technologist and finished her career as the Laboratory Director before retiring in 2016.
Jean moved to Shelton in 1979 where she raised a son, while working and becoming involved in the community. She has been an active member of the Shelton DTC for over 20 years and has served two terms as an elected member of the Shelton Library Board. During her tenure, the board bought land and provided a new parking lot for Plumb Memorial Library patrons. The board also paid for major renovations of the Plumb meeting room, the children’s section, and the historic area.
Jean has been actively volunteering since her retirement. She gave time weekly to several kindergarten classes and volunteered at the Valley United Way, CIRI in Bridgeport, and recently became a board member of St. Vincent DePaul in Derby.
In keeping with her civic spirit, Jean is running for her third term on the Library Board. There is much to be done, and she is ready and eager to continue her effort to support and improve the Shelton
NEWS AND VIEWS. WE CALL IT AS WE SEE IT.
Shelton Democrats Announce 2021 Slate for Municipal Election
July 26, 2021
Shelton Democrats are announcing their "The Change We Need, The Team You Deserve" with a full slate of endorsed Democratic candidates in this fall's municipal election.
The campaign is about keeping taxes low and improving quality of life and services in town. With new leadership and vision, we can have a thriving downtown, smart and well planned economic development, improved public safety and stronger schools. It is about transparency, working together, leveling the playing field for business and investment, and setting priorities.
The Shelton Democratic Town Committee met and nominated:
Planning and Zoning
John Uysal (alternate)
Board of Education
Board of Apportionment and Taxation
Board of Library Directors
David Eldrige, the endorsed Democratic Mayoral candidate, said "I am running for Mayor and I am in it to win. I commit to maintaining our low tax rate, but I will do a better job managing our city and our resources so we can improve our infrastructure and quality of life for the future. The vision we have had here for thirty years is out of gas. We need new energy, someone who knows how to solve problems and is willing to work with people. I am ready to work tirelessly for the people of Shelton"
David Gioiello, Chair of the Shelton Democrats, noted, "The Shelton Democrats have a plan to effectively govern but we need your help at the ballot box in November. Together, we will bring the change we need with the team you deserve."
Shelton Democratic Town Committee Wards also met and nominated for Board of Alderman:
Board of Education Democrats Statement On Proposed Shelton School Budget
February 21, 2021
It’s school budget season again. This year, Covid has made the chronic underfunding of our schools much more palpable than in years past. Shortages of teachers and paraprofessionals, deficits in technology, and the City’s takeover of school bus transportation are just some of the issues felt deeply by parents and families this year.
Recently, the Board of Education announced that they will be seeking a “status quo” budget—one that doesn’t add funding for any new programs, but that preserves the number of staff currently employed. For the last 2 years in a row, the district has received NO new funding—a move that has forced the layoffs of dozens of teachers and administrators. So it’s understandable that the BOE is looking to present a very conservative budget request.
Already, however, City Hall has begun fabricating a narrative that tries to convince taxpayers that school enrollment is declining; therefore, the budget should also be declining, and more teachers and administrators should be eliminated. Unfortunately, the only thing this narrative accomplishes is making clear that our city leadership has no idea how to operate a district budget.
While it is true that enrollment has been gradually declining over the years, the formula for education has virtually nothing to due with the overall student/teacher ratio. First, to rely on such a formula assumes that every class, in every grade, in every school, has the same number of students. Anyone who’s had a student in the Shelton schools understands concepts such as electives, honors and AP programs, enrichment programs, IEPs, extracurricular activities and graduation requirements. Furthermore, acceptance of that narrative must assume that every child requires the same amount of instruction and ignores the critically important role of paraprofessionals, tutors, counselors, social workers, nurses, school resource officers, and janitorial staff.
What City Hall also fails to understand is that Shelton students have options. If Shelton High School isn’t appealing, students can choose go somewhere else, for example Trumbull Regional Vocational Agriculture Center, the Regional Center for the Arts, or Fairchild Wheeler Interdistrict Magnet School. Students choosing to attend these kinds of schools have their tuition paid for through the Shelton Public Schools budget—as Shelton residents, they aren’t removed from, but are included in, the annual budget. In fact, it would be more cost effective to invest those dollars in creating and enhancing programs at Shelton High School in order to encourage more students to stay—rather than directing those tuition dollars elsewhere.
So you see, school funding isn’t a basic math equation; it’s an algebraic problem with multiple variables to be solved for. It wouldn’t be hard for the Mayor or the Board of Aldermen to learn about the many considerations that must be taken when developing a school budget. Unfortunately, they’ve made it clear, year after year, that it’s something they have no interest in, and prefer to spend their time coming up with excuses for their chronic and severe underfunding. This year, prepare to hear the story about the decline in school enrollment— and know that you are now better informed about school budgets than our city leaders.
Shelton Democrats Respond To Violence in Washington
January 8, 2021
The actions displayed Wednesday at the Washington Capitol Building constitute an act of sedition. And horrifyingly, this insurrection was incited and led by the sitting president of the United States with help from Senators Cruz, Hawley and Scalise.
The president and every federal official take an oath of office solemnly swearing to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same…and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.
The people that stormed our nations’ Capitol are domestic terrorists. The people who incited them to perform this act are also domestic terrorists.
We need to hold these people accountable and defend our country including the President and members of Congress.
Back to the Drawing Board: Voters Reject Shelton Charter Changes
Shelton Herald ~ November 4, 2020
City voters have resoundingly denied proposed revisions to the City Charter, according to unofficial tallies provided by the Republican Town Committee that do not yet include all absentee ballots.
Residents — by more that twice as many votes — denied proposed changes which included elimination of the Board of Apportionment and Taxation, increase of party maximums for elected positions, formation of a citywide technology committee and allowing the aldermen to bond 3 percent of the municipal budget without referendum.
Shelton Buses FOIA Fiasco ONGOING
April 3, 2020
In clear violation of Federal laws, Mayor Lauretti and the City Government have stalled
efforts to fill a FOIA request made in November, 2019. His decision to take over school
buses was a failure from the start - no buses for first day, and unverified drivers.
Residents demand "SHOW US THE SAVINGS."
The Shelton DTC's Chair, Dave Gioello, has been pursuing the FOIA on behalf of concerned parents and continues to move the legal process forward during the current crisis.
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