From the Courant. Where is our Berlin and New Britain representatives?
|"Moving New Britain in the right direction."||Sunday, 20 May 2018 - 15:29|
The 2017 candidates running on the Republican line for Common Council in Ward 3 will be Jason Gibson—the director of programs at the Boys and Girls Club of New Britain—and Joel Moret, a life-long resident and a member of the New Britain Latino Coalition.
“I’m thrilled that two residents who are heavily involved in our community have chosen to run for Common Council in Ward 3. Their expertise will be a great addition to the Common Council and will help to enrich our community,” said Mayor Erin Stewart. “Jason has worked at the Boys and Girls Club of New Britain for 25 years, so he is closely connected with the youth and families of our City. As a member of the Board of Directors for the New Britain Latino Coalition, Joel is dedicating his time to building partnerships across our community and within the Latino community.”
In addition to his 21 years as Director of Programs at the Boys and Girls Club of New Britain, Gibson has worked as a part-time attendance monitor for the Consolidated School District of New Britain since 2006; from 1994 to 2000 he worked as a Case Manager for the Young Parents Program. He is currently a Commissioner on the Housing Authority Board of New Britain, a member of the Board of Trustees for Grace Church, and a member of the Board of Directors for Hoops for the Homeless.
“I work with the community on a daily basis and look forward to the opportunity of working with a larger audience as member of the Common Council,” said Gibson. “As a City, we are fortunate to have so many individuals who are willing to give back to their community. I have been energized by the new found spirit running through New Britain—thanks to the leadership of Mayor Stewart—and I am proud to be a part of continuing the progress that has put our City back on the map.”
Moret is a Lead Graphic Designer at Sign Pro Inc. and was involved in the design and production of the award-winning New Britain Historic Walking Tour trail, along with the signs located along CTfastrak, and several other local, national, and international projects. In addition to his work as a designer, Moret has volunteered countless hours with Greater Harvest Church, where he is also a member of the Board of Directors, where he has helped organize events that are free for residents including food drives, clothing drives, and also a Thanksgiving lunch for the homeless. Moret was also an active participant in the City’s recent “Experience the New” marketing initiative—the City’s first in nearly 30 years. Moret provided valuable feedback to the Marketing Panel to assist in the development of a new logo and tagline.
“I’m excited by the opportunity to help bring even greater change to New Britain. My involvement with the New Britain Latino Coalition has shown me that there is an amazing amount of untapped potential in our community. I want to be a part of the Mayor Stewart’s continuing effort to make this City the best it can be for residents, businesses and visitors,” said Moret.
The 2017 candidates running on the Republican line for Common Council in Ward 4 will be incumbents Don Naples and Robert Smedley. In Ward 5, the candidates will be current Board of Education member Miriam Geraci and Carmelo Rodriguez—president of the New Britain Latino Coalition.
“Alderman Naples and Smedley have done a phenomenal job over the last four years listening to their constituents in the Central Connecticut State University area—along with others from across the community—to help create change and improve the quality of life for residents. I am excited to have them running again and look forward to seeing their work continue,” said Mayor Erin Stewart. “Miriam and Carmelo need very little introduction: they are extremely active members of our community who work day-in and day-out to promote positive changes all across our neighborhoods. As a partner in downtown New Britain’s newest eatery—Hardware City Cafe—and an ardent advocate for our students and schools, New Britain native Miriam is a tireless voice for small businesses and education. As the leader of the New Britain Latino Coalition, Carmelo is helping to create a resurgence in our Barrio Latino and forming partnerships with many sectors of our City in order to boost community pride and improve the wellbeing of residents, particularly of Latino descent.”
“I am honored to be running as an unaffiliated voter with Mayor Stewart’s team,” said Alderman Naples. “The progress the City has made over the last few years is unprecedented, and I want to continue to involved as New Britain moves forward. I’ve been actively listening to the concerns of residents in Ward 4 and I am committed to working with them to build on our successes.”
Said Alderman Smedley, “I’ve decided to seek a third term on the Council because I want to continue being part of the positive changes going on all across our City. I have been diligent in listening to the concerns of residents in the neighborhoods around CCSU and have worked tiredly to find solutions to problems. As a member of the Mayor’s Energy and Innovation Committee, I have helped lead energy-saving initiatives in our community and schools in order to save money and be a good steward of the environment. We have many more exciting projects in the pipeline and I can’t wait to continue that work.”
“I am so proud to run with Mayor Stewart and be part of her team,” said Geraci. “As a co-owner of a small business in downtown and a Board of Education member, I have a unique understanding of how our community operates and what changes are necessary in order to continue with the progress that Mayor Stewart has brought to our great City. I will be working hard between now and November 7th to earn the confidence of the residents in Ward 5. I would be honored to represent them on the Common Council and would work to make a positive difference in our community.”
“Running with Mayor Stewart and her team was an easy decision,” said Rodriguez, who is also a member of the Police Commission and a former State Department of Corrections employee. “Mayor Stewart has demonstrated an ability to foster immense change for our community. She has shown a keen interest in helping to improve the lives of all residents—regardless of their neighborhood or background. She understands that having a robust business community, strong schools, engaged residents, and strong leadership lead to a thriving place where people want to live, work, visit, and establish a business. I am honored to run as a candidate for Common Council to represent the residents of Ward 5 and the rest of our City.”
Current Ward 5 Alderman Lou Salvio, has announced that he will not be seeking re-election.
“In one way or another, I have involved myself in local government issues for close to fifty years,” said Alderman Salvio. “At my advanced age, I have decided that it’s time to say ‘so long.’ Mayor Stewart is doing a wonderful job and has a fine group of Council members on her team to continue moving New Britain forward.”