Donato joins Shelton P&Z as Democrat alternate



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SHELTON — A new face is joining the Planning and Zoning Commission. 

Frank Donato, a Democrat known for a failed attempt to run in the state 122nd District against Republican incumbent Ben McGorty this past election, has been tabbed as a commission alternate, replacing Democrat John Uysal, who is moving out of the city. 

Donato had announced his candidacy for the 122nd District race but was forced to pull his name from consideration after learning he no longer lived in that district due to redistricting. 

Democratic Town Committee Chair Kevin Kosty said Donato’s past as a small business owner makes him a top candidate to fill the void left by Uysal. 

"He is well qualified to look out for both the interests of residents and improving our neighborhoods and balance with the needs of growing businesses,” Kosty said about Donato, a Navy veteran and a member of the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus. 

“The Shelton Democrats are committed to placing the best qualified and dedicated public servants on Shelton's boards and commissions and we know Frank is one of the best to be found in our city,” Kosty added. 

Donato’s first meeting as a commission alternate is Feb. 8.