Shelton Planning & Zoning Commission candidate: Jimmy Tickey

Jimmy Tickey

Jimmy Tickey

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Party: Democrat

Incumbent? Yes. 2013 - current on the Planning & Zoning Commission

Current job: District Director, Congressman Jim Himes

Volunteering background, if any: Chairman, Valley United Way Community Campaign - raising $3 million for our community; Co-Founder, Celebrate Shelton — creating a summer concert series in Downtown, food truck festivals, highlighting small businesses, and re-starting the Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting; Chairman, Commodore Hull Road Race — uniting more than 800 runners every Thanksgiving morning; Board Member, Lower Naugatuck Valley Boys & Girls Club — working to support young women and men in our Valley; Corporator, Griffin Hospital — supporting the Valley's largest employer and healthcare provider.

Education: Fordham University, Business Administration and Economics

Previous offices held: Board of Apportionment and Taxation, Vice Chair

Philosophy: All candidates can also respond about their reasons for running, time they have lived in the city, and why they are best for the role. I was born and raised in Shelton. Deeply involved in our community, I have served on our budgeting board where we held taxes while increasing services by finding efficiencies in the budget. I worked to achieve bi-partisan support for a reserve account — highlighting the use of our tax dollars. As your Planning & Zoning Commissioner, I have been an outspoken advocate for smart growth and balanced development. That is why I have effectively fought against massive developments that do not make sense for Shelton. I support developments that bring good jobs with rising incomes to Shelton. I am thoughtful in planning for our future, taking into consideration road and infrastructure needs, while focusing on a vibrant Downtown with shops, eateries and more parking. Instead of approving what favored developers want, we should have a vision for the future and approve balanced plans that make sense for Shelton.