Board of Aldermen candidates
The following candidates are running for a spot on Shelton’s Board of Aldermen:
David Gidwani (R) for First Ward Alderman
David has been a Shelton resident for over 16 years and has been married for over 19 years to his wife, Sangeeta, a teacher in the Trumbull public school system. They are the parents of a son and daughter who attend Shelton public schools.
David graduated with a business management degree from Xavier College, Bombay, India. He is self employed and has served on Sikorsky Financial’s board of directors.
As an alderman, David’s priority is to work with the mayor and the other aldermen to keep taxes low, to provide quality education for our children, and to maintain a good quality of life for our seniors and veterans.
Anthony F. Simonetti (R) for First Ward Alderman
Anthony has been a Shelton resident for 55 years. He attended Shelton elementary schools and received a B.S. degree from the University of Scranton. A licensed Connecticut Nursing Home Administrator, Anthony has 30+ years experience as an owner and manager of nursing homes in Shelton, Derby and Phoenix, Arizona. He also was employed by Sikorsky Aircraft in its Engineering Department and has experience as a restaurant manager.
Anthony is married and has two adult sons. He has been a Biddy basketball and Flag football coach, a SHS band parent, Youth Connection volunteer and since 2011, the chairman of the Shelton Republican Town Committee. He is a founder of the Valley Shakespeare Festival, on the St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Shop’s Board of Directors, and a White Hills Fire Company #5 supporter.
A First Ward alderman since 1999, Anthony priorities are low taxes, securing open space, expanding the Riverwalk and supporting Shelton public schools. He chaired the building committee responsible for the $25 million SHS renovation, and supported the $160 million repair, replacement and refurbishing of Shelton public schools. Anthony’s goal is to continue balanced growth and minimize city expenditures while providing services and recreational activities to residents.
Stanley J. Kudej (R) for Second Ward Alderman
A nearly life-long resident of Shelton, Stan is an Army veteran and an American Legion Post 16 member where he serves as treasurer of its baseball team. Stan retired from Allied Signal after 37 years and was a local 1010 UAW official in charge of workmen’s compensation. He is a longtime member of Shelton’s Czech Club and a Corporator of the Boys and Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley. Stan was elected to the Board of Aldermen in 2001, is the current Finance Committee chair, and an advocate of low taxes. A strong supporter of recreational opportunities for residents, he has been a Shelton Parks and Recreation Commission member for 25+ years and Shelton National Little League President for 30+ years. During that time Stan played an essential role starting the Challenger Little League for handicapped children. He and his late wife Pat, have three children and seven grandchildren. Stan resides on Plaskon Drive but if not there or at City Hall, he can be found during the baseball season at the Little League field.
Eric J McPherson (R) for Second Ward Alderman
A Shelton resident for most of his life and a longtime member of Saint Joseph Parish, Eric worked in the security and public safety fields for more than 25 years and helped to create Shelton’s Office of Emergency Management. Eric is very experienced in city government, having been elected in 1989 to the Board of Apportionment and Taxation and in 1991 to the Board of Aldermen where he served four terms. He was re-elected to the Board in 2009, serving on the Public Health and Safety Committee and currently is Street Committee Chairman. In 2015, Eric was elected as Vice President of the Board. Eric is a strong supporter of low taxes and balancing Shelton’s growth, development, and open space. He especially believes that government must live within its means. A strong and a tireless advocate for the downtown area, he has worked with police officials to enhance public safety for safer neighborhoods. Eric successfully led efforts to have Shelton’s anti-blight ordinance amended to force absentee landlords to clean up their property, and has worked through the Street Committee to see that roads are repaired.
John F. Anglace Jr. (R) for Third Ward Alderman
A Derby native, John became a Shelton resident in 1967. He graduated from Derby High, Bullard Havens Technical School and the University of Bridgeport with an Industrial Relations degree. John is an Army veteran and retired in 2001 from Pfizer Inc. after 28 years, holding positions as Worldwide Director of Employee and Labor Relations and Director of Retiree Relations. John formerly served on the Board of Apportionment and Taxation and as Welfare
Director. First elected in 1991 as Third Ward Alderman, he has been re-elected 12 times and Board President since 1995. John was a charter member of the city’s School Technology Committee and served 12 years until its project to upgrade system-wide technology was completed. John’s major accomplishments for Shelton are a stable mill rate in nine of the last 11 years with a decrease in two of the last 11 years; funding technology, infrastructure, and STEM programs for city public schools; a new city-owned school bus system utilizing economical propane-fueled buses; a new city-wide recycling/garbage program at no cost to taxpayers; new fire apparatus and safety equipment; a city road reconstruction and resurfacing program; construction of a new animal shelter; and City Charter revision. John is a current or former member of Shelton’s Senior Center, American Legion Post 16, Derby-Shelton Lions Club, St. Margaret Mary Parish and BSA Housatonic Council. John received the Council’s “Good Scout,” “Silver Beaver” and National BSA James E. West Fellow awards and the Shelton Republican Town Committee’s John Davis Lodge Award in 2003.
Cris Balamaci (R) for Third Ward Alderman
Cris has resided in Shelton for 14 years and is a former commissioned Air Force officer having served in the Biomedical Science Corp and at a Strategic Air Command Base (45 th Space Wing) linked to the Space Shuttle program. She received her Physician Associate and B.S. degrees from the University of Oklahoma, graduating in the top 10% of her class. Formerly a health care and risk management executive for a major medical center and two Fortune 500 companies where she was responsible for cost containment, loss mitigation, and claims settlement negotiations, Cris is currently employed by a top investment banking firm in the metropolitan New York area in Global Wellness/Disability Management.
Elected to the Board of Apportionment and Taxation in 2015, Cris served as its Chairman until being appointed to the Board of Aldermen in July, 2017 to represent the Third Ward. She is a member of the American Legion and a volunteer at her church.
Cris’ background in the public and private sector and experience with budgets, fiscal responsibility and streamlining programs to eliminate waste makes her uniquely qualified to serve as an alderman whose goal is to continue having Shelton be a great place to live, work and raise a family.
Jim Capra (R) for Fourth Ward Alderman
Jim is a lifelong resident of Shelton and received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Spanish from Southern Connecticut State University. He is a member of the Valley Chamber of Commerce, a Spooner House volunteer, is active in youth programs at local churches and does mission work in Guatemala where he sponsors two children. Currently the Property Manager at Avalon, Shelton, Jim has been in the Property Management field for over ten years. At Avalon he has created and monitored budgets, developed and monitored programs for tenants to maximize revenue while controlling expenses, and supervises employees.
Jim was first elected to the Board of Aldermen in November, 2015 and serves on its Public Health and Safety Committee. His focus as an alderman has been to “do right” for Shelton residents by keeping taxes low while still providing a quality school system, reliable emergency services and well-maintained roads.
Jim is seeking re-election as an Alderman to continue being a voice and to help make Shelton even better for its residents.
Noreen McGorty (R) for Fourth Ward Alderman
Noreen has been a city resident for 26 years and has been married as long to Ben McGorty, Connecticut state representative from the 122 nd district. They have two adult children and one granddaughter. A graduate of Iona College with a Bachelor’s degree from in Business Management, Noreen has been employed in the finance field for 30 years.
Noreen has served on the Board of Alderman since 2009 when she was appointed to its Public Health and Safety Committee. She has been a member of the Emergency Medical Service Commission since 2000 and Valley Emergency Medical Services since 2008. As Chairman of Shelton’s EMS Commission and Vice President of VEMS (Shelton’s paramedic team) Noreen has worked closely with ambulance administrators to cut emergency response times and increase volunteer ranks. She has worked diligently with Shelton’s Police Department, Fire
Department and the Office of Emergency Management to ensure proper oversight and review. Noreen believes in public service and as she has enjoyed not only helping her neighbors in the fourth Ward, but all residents of Shelton for 15+ years, she is seeking re-election to allow her to continue in a capacity to do so.
Adam Heller (D) for First Ward Alderman
In this challenging economic time, Adam Heller is running for re-election as Alderman in the First Ward to bring his financial and management background to the board on behalf of Shelton residents. Adam graduated from the University of Connecticut with degrees in Finance and Economics. His professional career has been rooted in financial management, and he currently operates a departmental budget of nearly $4 million in a large municipality in Connecticut. He knows how to manage budgets, and how to get the job done - even in difficult economic times.
As a current member of the Board of Alderman and having served on the Board of Apportionment and Taxation, Adam has brought his experience with municipal budgeting and accounting in order to advocate for a transparent budget process. Adam has fought for greater efficiency in the budget which would save taxpayer dollars and better sound financial management now and in the future.
Kevin Kosty (D) for Second Ward Alderman
Kevin Kosty is a Laboratory Scientist living and working in Shelton, running for a seat on the Board of Alderman for Shelton’s second Ward. A resident of downtown Shelton, Kevin’s vision is to lead the downtown redevelopment with a pedestrian friendly downtown district with shops, small businesses and eateries.
Kevin grew up in Vestal, NY and moved to Shelton in December of 2008. Kevin knows first-hand how much Shelton has to offer its residents, particularly in the downtown district, and hopes to be able to support improvements to the City of Shelton and the downtown district as your Alderman.
Kevin graduated from Nazareth College of Rochester with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and has worked as a scientist in environmental and materials labs, and as a training and technical support specialist.
If elected, Kevin will advocate for revitalization of our downtown, including infrastructure, walking access, traffic flow, improved parking, contamination clean-up, and preservation of green space for the benefit of residents. Kevin will work to make our downtown a priority for development, while preserving our quality of life.
Jason Jones (D) for Second Ward Alderman
Jason Jones has lived nearly his entire life in Connecticut after being born in New York. After graduating from Trumbull High School, he attended college at the University of Bridgeport where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in political science and economics. As a student, he became active in many volunteer activities and learned to appreciate the responsibility of public service.
After graduating, Jason moved to Shelton and since then he has become involved in the community. Jason works for a local Connecticut owned small business, and has played an active role in the Connecticut Young Democrats.
As your Alderman, Jason will work to represent the families of Shelton's second Ward, where he will work each and every day to make Shelton an even better place to live and work. Jason has a particular interest in the redevelopment and expansion of Downtown Shelton and the future of economic growth in Shelton.
Patrick Jeanetti (D) for Third Ward Alderman
Patrick Jeanetti is running for Alderman in the Third Ward. Born and raised in Shelton, Pat has spent his life in Shelton and continues to call Shelton home with his wife and their four beautiful children.
Pat has proudly been a teacher for nearly 20 years, helping to mold the minds of our future generations. He takes pride in his family and work, and is passionate about ensuring Shelton continues to grow favorable for future generations.
Pat believes Shelton can maintain low taxes, while also providing a better school system, safe roads and clean parks for our children to play in. Pat will serve as the voice for those who depend on affordable living, but also desire better playgrounds, parks and recreation for families to enjoy.
Pat knows that an excellent school system increases property values, and that’s why he will work to support education, and advocate for balanced growth of new businesses that will add to our tax base while preserving open space for parks.
Tim Bristol (D) for Third Ward Alderman
Timothy Bristol has lived in the Pine Rock Park area his entire life, attending Long Hill Elementary, Shelton Intermediate School, and Shelton High School. Tim currently holds an associate’s degree from Gateway Community college and is pursuing a teaching degree in history and political science at Southern Connecticut State University, working to fulfill his dream of teaching history to high school students.
Tim is married to the love of his life, Amanda Sturges, and they live in Pine Rock Park.
In 2015, Tim ran as a write-in candidate for Mayor of Shelton. Tim is now running for Alderman to serve as the voice for the neighborhood he grew up in. Tim believes Shelton should have representation who listens and understands its residents, and that reflects the values of our city.
As your Alderman, Tim will work each and every day to represent you and your family.