David GidwaniContributed photo David Gidwani Republican Board of Aldermen, First Ward Shelton 51 Incumbent: Yes Current job: Self-employed Gidwani certainly has reason to celebrate Nov. 6, since that is his birthday. But he is hoping voters give him an early present the day before by re-electing him to represent the First Ward on the Board of Aldermen. Gidwani, a Republican, is seeking a second consecutive term on the board. Incumbent Republican Anthony Simonetti is also seeking re-election, with Democrat Paul Littlefield challenging for one of the two ward seats on Election Day, Nov. 5. “I always want to be there for the people of Shelton, which is why I chose to run in the first place,” said Gidwani. “I’m not doing this for the recognition. I am doing it to help others.” Education: St. Xavier’s; HR College of Commerce & Economics; business management. The most important issue in this election: There are many top issues: Keeping taxes affordable, supporting redevelopment of downtown, advocating for funding education, supporting seniors in our community, and maintaining open communication with the BOE and our citizens. Other issues: We need to work as a team with one goal in mind: We are one Shelton. Family: I am blessed with a loving family. I have been married for 21 years to my wife who is an elementary school teacher and I have two wonderful children who attend Shelton public schools. Previous elected offices, community group affiliations: Alderman, Ward One; Street Committee; served on the board of directors for Sikorsky Credit Union prior to becoming alderman. Campaign website: Facebook: David Gidwani Alderman.