Shelton Board of Aldermen Ward 2 candidate: Joanna Carloni

Joanna Carloni

Joanna Carloni

Christian Abraham / Hearst Connecticut Media

Party: Republican

Incumbent: Yes, as of the end of October, I will have served eight months on the Board of Alderman

Current Job: Assistant public defender for Bridgeport geographical area #2

Volunteering: Church volunteer, choir member, Inner City Counseling, South Texas Mission volunteer

Education: Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Connecticut; Graduate school level English studies at Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas; Juris Doctorate, Liberty University School of Law

What prompted you to run for office? After the passing of longtime Alderman, Stan Kudej, I was asked to fill his now vacant Second Ward seat. It was an honor later on to be chosen as the endorsed Republican Second Ward Alderman candidate, and I hope to serve the constituents of the Second Ward as well as Stan did for almost three decades. I presently serve as the BoA Finance Committee chairperson.

What are the major issues/changes you are focused on if elected? I have focused on, and will continue to be vigilant, on reviewing each department’s budget to assure all departments are staying within their approved spending limits. I also intend to make sure that downtown redevelopment, any blighted property, safety issues and road repair are being addressed by the appropriate department in City Hall. I especially look forward to continuing the newly-established cooperation between the BoA and the BoE with regard to the BOE budget and student needs.

How can you make any proposed improvements yet keep taxes at the stable level they are at present? I believe we can continue to make improvements in the city, as we have over the last 30 years, by carefully growing our tax base with businesses and refurbishing downtown properties to attract more residents.

Thoughts on BOE spending, city-run bus company? Do you agree with the spending levels set forth in the past for the BOE, and is running a bus company (and the costs associated) worth it to the city? BoE and SPSS administrators are responsible for providing an accurate budget to the City. During the BOA’s budget review process, I will evaluate it as I would any matter that comes before the BoA as it is the fiscal authority of the city and is responsible and accountable for taxpayer funds.

In my position as Chairperson of the BoA Finance Committee, I have seen how taxpayers’ dollars have been saved by the City managing school bus transportation. I believe that any service or program that can be done “in house” will always be a savings compared to using outside vendors and the city should continue to provide student transportation. Shelton School Transportation Service is implementing new technology to reduce bus routes and the time students spend on buses. This new tracking program will provide and assure parents, administrators and SSTS personnel that our students are safe while in transit.