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.”