State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) was nominated by the Shelton Republican Town Committee to be their party’s candidate for State Representative. Perillo, who was formerly the volunteer Chief of Shelton’s Echo Hose Ambulance, is seeking re-election to the position. He was first elected in 2007.
Perillo cited past successes along with his desire to do more for Shelton in his next term as his reasons for seeking re-election.
“Particularly in this economy, there is much at stake for Shelton residents,” Perillo said. “Now is not the time for tax increases. Given that the state’s financial picture is bleak, I will continue my fight against Governor Malloy’s debilitating economic agenda.”
Perillo was nominated by John Belden, who had high praise for Perillo. Belden voiced strong support for Perillo.
“Jason has done a fantastic job for Shelton. Jason listens to our residents and represents them well,” said Belden.
Perillo said he wanted to build on past successes on behalf of Shelton. Following a fire that caused extensive damage at Shelton High School, Perillo authored legislation that requires tighter oversight by fire marshals.
He also pointed to his work with Shelton education officials to pass legislation forgiving $422,000 owed by the City to the State of Connecticut related to the construction of the Shelton Intermediate School in 1996. The debt had been a lingering and contentious issue for nearly two decades.
Perillo said he is looking toward the future.
“There is much more work to be done to boost Shelton’s redevelopment, to create new jobs in Connecticut, and to protect our children, our families, and our seniors,” he said.
Also seeking the nomination was Planning and Zoning Commission Chair, Ruth Parkins.
She received four votes at Wednesday’s convention to Perillo’s twenty-seven.
Perillo, 38, holds a Master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University. He also earned a Master’s degree in business from Boston College and received a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Georgetown University.
In the legislature, Perillo serves on the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, the Public Health Committee, and the Executive Nominations Committee.
Perillo is a lifelong Shelton resident and lives with his wife, Becky, and their two-year-old daughter Lydia in the home where his grandfather, former Shelton Mayor Vincent P. Tisi, Jr., grew up.