Read Democrat Dave Gioliello's 12 pledges for mayor

David Gioiello
David Gioiello

David Gioiello, the Democrat running for mayor in Shelton, has announced 12 pledges as part of his campaign. On Monday, Gioiello released a signed document with the written promises.

Gioiello, who also is Shelton Democratic Town Committee chairman, is running against 11-term Republican Mayor Mark Lauretti.

The pledges include proposing no tax increase during his first year in office or to work for free as mayor that year; to avoid transactions that could be viewed as improper or a conflict of interest; and to listen to people’s ideas — including criticism — without dismissing them as personal attacks.

Here in full is the text of his pledge document:

I, David Gioiello, hereby make the following pledges that I intend to fulfill if I am elected mayor of Shelton:

1. I pledge to keep property taxes low and stable for the benefit of Shelton’s residents and business development. Further for fiscal year 2014-15 I will propose a zero increase in property taxes or will work for free for the fiscal year.

2. I pledge to present fiscally sound budgets.

3. I pledge to immediately work on restoring your trust and faith in our city government given the scandals that have plagued Shelton for years.

4. I pledge to hold all city employees responsible for illegal or unethical conduct.

5. I pledge to not enter into any transaction which may be perceived as improper or as a conflict of interest with my position as mayor.

6. I pledge to run my administration in an open and transparent manner.

7. I pledge to treat every fire code violation as serious in nature.

8. I pledge to work with the Board of Education and continuously evaluate the security in our schools in an effort to ensure the safety of our children.

9. I pledge to support the appropriate funding of our school system for the betterment of our children’s education.

10. I pledge to listen respectfully to ideas, suggestions, critiques or questions from all residents and to not dismiss them as “personal attacks.”

11. I pledge to personally refuse any free memberships or other gifts.

12. I pledge to work my hardest to make Shelton a great place to live, to work and to do business.