The following candidates are running for a spot on Shelton's Planning and Zoning Commission: Ruth Parkins (R) A resident of Shelton for 40 years with two adult daughters, Ruth was first elected to\u00a0Shelton's Planning & Zoning Commission in 2007, and has served as Chairman since 2009.\u00a0She is the city's representative on the Naugatuck Valley COG's Regional Planning\u00a0Commission and serves on the Executive Board of the Shelton Economic Development\u00a0Corporation. Ruth is employed by the Iroquois Pipeline as Manager of Public Affairs. She graduated\u00a0from Sacred Heart University with a BSBA, and earned her MBA and MPA degrees from\u00a0the University of New Haven. As a community leader and volunteer, she is a current Executive Board member and a\u00a0past chair of the Valley United Way. Ruth was a 2010 recipient of the Valley Chamber's\u00a0Gold Seal Award and the SEDC's 2014 Raymond P. Lavietes Award for Outstanding\u00a0Leadership & Vision. As a member of the P&Z for the last ten years, Ruth has been committed to making\u00a0sound decisions for balanced economic development that serves the best interests of all\u00a0residents -- decisions that have helped to provide a stable tax base and have contributed\u00a0greatly to Shelton's success. As a community that offers diversity in housing, shopping\u00a0and dining, Shelton continues to attract new residents because it is a place where people\u00a0want to live and work. If re-elected, Ruth will continue to focus on smart development\u00a0that addresses the needs of our community, places importance on the preservation of open\u00a0space, and results in a net positive tax gain to the City. Anthony "Tony" Pogoda (R) Tony has been married to Palma since 1966. They have been residents of Shelton for the past 50 years and have two daughters and four grandchildren. Tony is a graduate of Stratford High School and attended the University of New Haven. He is a Navy veteran and is self-employed, operating a carpet and upholstery cleaning business. Tony has been a member of the Shelton Planning & Zoning Commission since 1993. He was Chairman from 2007 to 2009 and Vice-Chairman from 2009 to present. He is a board member of the Shelton Economic Development Corp., a former chairman of Shelton's Ethics Commission, and the former Ward 4 chairperson of the Republican Town Committee. Tony served as a member of Shelton's Plan Update Advisory Committee where he is proud of the sound vision that set forth the guidelines for the future development of the Shelton. As a member of Shelton's Planning & Zoning Commission for the last 24 years, Tony's first priority in approving any project presented before the Commission has been to evaluate the impact it will have on the quality of life for the citizens of Shelton. Tony believes sound economic development will provide a solid financial return that will benefit all Shelton residents, understands about the importance of open space and feels strongly about continuing the economic development of downtown Shelton and the Housatonic Riverfront area. Ned Miller (R) A lifelong resident of Shelton, Ned attended elementary school in Shelton, graduated from St. Joseph High School and received a BS degree in economics from St. Bernard College. He and his wife, Marianne, are the parents of two adult children and have two grandchildren. Ned has been in the insurance industry for almost 40 years, beginning as an underwriter for Kemper Insurance. After a few years with Kemper, Ned joined the Miller Agency, his family's property and casualty agency, selling personal and commercial insurance. At the end of 2012, Ned assumed the office of president of Ned Miller Associates, a division of Starkweather and Shepley insurance brokerage company. Active in several community service organizations, Ned has served as board chairman and annual community campaign chair of the United Way of the Valley; president of the Shelton Jaycees, Ansonia Rotary Club, and Housatonic Council Boy Scouts of America; vice president of the Parent-Child Resource Center and treasurer of the Masonic Temple Association. Ned's other board affiliations include Griffin Hospital, the Recreation Camp, Shelton Economic Development Corporation and the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce. Ned has also been the recipient of awards from the Valley Chamber of Commerce; the Parent-Child Resource Center; Valley United Way; Derby Historical Society and the Housatonic Council, Boy Scouts of America. Mark Widomski (R) Widomski is running for the Planning and Zoning Commission. He has been a Shelton resident for almost 50 years and been married to his wife,\u00a0Joelle, for over 20 years. They have two children that are currently attending college. He is a retired police officer and is currently employed as a Senior Service\u00a0Representative for a national corporation. Widomski currently serves the City of Shelton as the Hearing Officer, which hears all appeals of\u00a0local ordinance violations and fines, including blight violations. He was also involved with\u00a0the Shelton Youth Soccer Organization and developed and ran the banner sponsorship\u00a0program. He said he's "for development," but it needs to be done in a thoughtful and well-planned out\u00a0manner that is consistent with benefitting all Shelton residents. Nancy Dickal (D) She has been a resident of Shelton for the past 35 years. She and her husband, Alan, have two daughters, Dawn and Lisa, both graduates of Shelton High School. Nancy was appointed by former Senator Donald Williams Jr., President Pro Tempore, to serve as a board member of the Manufactured Home Advisory Council in Hartford. She is a former Planning and Zoning Commissioner, and member of the Board of Apportionment & Taxation and as an Alternate. As a current Alternate on the Planning & Zoning Commission, Nancy recognizes the need for continued commitment and attention for Shelton to achieve a balance of growth and address the ongoing residential, conservation, and traffic concerns. Nancy volunteers in her spare time helping seniors and has Adopted A Street. If elected, she will continue to advocate for thoughtful planning and beneficial development to protect the character of our community. Jimmy Tickey (D) He grew up in Shelton and continues to call Shelton home. He has a strong sense of service to his community and is involved in local organizations that support youth and families. Jimmy never stops thinking about Shelton's future and has developed a reputation as a forthright advocate for balanced development. He speaks honestly about the need for smart growth and has effectively fought against high-density developments on our remaining areas of land. \u00a0Jimmy believes in a business-friendly community that maintains a stable tax-rate while preserving the character of our neighborhoods. \u00a0Jimmy believes we must plan for the future with smart development, taking into consideration our road and infrastructure needs, while focusing on a more vibrant downtown Shelton. \u00a0 A resident of Downtown Shelton, Jimmy started Celebrate Shelton with fellow business-owners dedicated to providing free family events, markets and concerts in downtown Shelton. Jimmy was previously elected to the Board of Apportionment and Taxation, where he worked to decrease the tax-rate while maintaining key city services. Ludwig "Lud" Spinelli (D) He has a BS in secondary education and an MS in Urban Studies, with a concentration in City Planning. He has served on the Citizen's Advisory Committee of the SEDC, Long Range Planning Committee of the BOE, Board of Aldermen, and most recently as an alternate to the Planning and Zoning Commission. He was an organizer of the original Save Our Shelton in the late 80's and has been a strong advocate of protecting the zoning areas as they are set forth the Master Plan of Development. Lud has been an active supporter and coach of several youth sports programs following the activities of his three sons. He is the CEO of Optimus Health Care, a major non-profit serving residents of Fairfield County with some 28 sites. He has been involved in several economic development projects in New Haven & Bridgeport, and will work to wisely grow Shelton's tax base. His wife Christina is an elementary school teacher.