Letter: Seeks to make Shelton 'thriving, balanced' community

Below is a Letter to the Editor from this week's Shelton Herald. If you'd like to have a letter to the editor run next week, email letters to brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com

Below is a Letter to the Editor from this week's Shelton Herald. If you'd like to have a letter to the editor run next week, email letters to brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com

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To the Editor:

I have felt the pull to become a representative for the downtown district of our city for some time.

I grew up here, I ran a business here, and I am raising my kids here. It is my heart. It speaks to me, and I am so excited for the opportunity to become a steward of our land.

Some of my earliest memories are from places around town - a trip to Shelton Savings Bank with my mom, Friday nights hanging out with my gram at the Boy’s Club or a quick stop at the A&P down River Road to pick up milk and eggs.

If we needed a cake, the Culinary Bake Shop, or the Ice Cream Shoppe (Carvel at the time) were right here, too. We did not need to go far; it was all right here. And these places were owned and/or operated by the people in our community.

I have, since those times, seen my city of Shelton change into something it is not.

At first, the number of large buildings going up around town was exciting. Big business and corporate relationships were the way forward in the 90s. The Valley had to transition out of its former (and dilapidated) industrial identity and become a viable commercial center.

Unfortunately, this transition was very one-sided, and it happened with little regard or attention to community support. The city center and public spaces lost their sparkle and have been maintained to the basest of levels. And here we are, at the precipice of another era. Large corporate expansions have been overplayed and we need to be at the helm of the next transition, not stuck in the mud, looking backwards.

My vision for Shelton is one in which we re-invest in Shelton as a home. We must look at all the natural and historical resources and market ourselves to highlight those amenities. We must partner with the immensely popular agricultural gems in the city and help make their patrons want to stay longer.

In my many years as a Shelton business owner, I have forged great relationships with community leaders and Shelton families. I am honest, committed and experienced, and plan to build on those relationships to represent you as Ward 2 Alderman.

One of my best assets is as a communicator. I listen well (especially between the lines) and can find compromise opportunities in a group setting, which is a fundamental skill an aldermanic member must possess. Sadly, the listening quality has been sorely lacking in the current Shelton aldermen for much too long. With the future success of our city in mind, I can convey a solid, profitable, and honorable pathway forward for Shelton.

The more we look at what makes the people and places (past, present and future) of Shelton special, I believe the easier it will be to make Shelton a thriving, balanced and vibrant community once again.

I invite you to visit my Facebook page called Michele Bialek for Alderman and check the Envision Shelton website envisionshelton.com to learn more about me. You can also email me at michelebialekforward2@gmail.com

Michele Bialek (Envision Shelton)

Candidate for Board of Aldermen - 2nd Ward