Shelton Democratic ticket includes three former mayoral candidates
The Democratic ticket in Shelton this fall will include three former mayoral candidates. In addition to David Gioiello, who will challenge Republican Mayor Mark Lauretti, Chris Jones is running for alderman and Robert Lally is seeking the city treasurer’s position.
Gioiello lost to Lauretti in 2007. Lauretti is seeking a 12th term this fall.
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Jones: ‘I’m passionate in my beliefs’
Jones ran against Lauretti in the past two elections — 2011 and 2009. He has served on the Board of Aldermen and Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z).
Jones said while the time isn’t right to run again for mayor with two young children, he wants to have input on the direction of the city.
“If you want to get things done, you have to put your neck out there,” Jones said. “If you want changes, you have to get involved. I’m passionate in my beliefs about the city.”
Lally eager to be involved again
Lally challenged Lauretti in the 2001 mayoral election. “I had a [campaign] T-shirt that said ‘10 years is enough.’ Now it’s been 22 years,” Lally said.
Lally previously was on the Board of Aldermen and Board of Apportionment and Taxation (A&T). He also is well known as owner of the former Huntington Hardware. He works part-time in the city Registrar of Voters’ Office.
He said he’s throwing his hat in the ring again for public office because “I see the need. And I have time now. I never really lost interest.”
Tickey wants to influence the future
Democrat Jimmy Tickey is seeking a P&Z seat. He has served on the Board of A&T the past two years.
Tickey said his A&T experience has enabled him to understand the city budget and get to know “what type of development holds down the mill rate.”
He said being on P&Z would be a chance to focus on a new set of economic-driven issues. “It's a great opportunity to work on what the city will look like 10, 20 years down the road,” Tickey said.
Crawford focus is the budget
Judson Crawford will be a Democratic candidate for the Board of Aldermen in the Third District. He has been on A&T for more than a decade and frequently attends the meetings of many municipal boards.
His decision to run for alderman is partly based on his view that A&T doesn’t seem to have much impact in the budget process, especially when compared to the Board of Aldermen. “Our thoughts are completely overlooked,” he said of A&T.
He wants more members of the public to attend aldermanic meetings. “Citizens of the city of Shelton need to come and be present at Board of Aldermen meetings to know what is going on,” he said.
Crawford has raised questions about the Republican-controlled Board of Aldermen recently meeting in executive session to discuss a propane fueling contract for the new school buses. He said the reason for meeting behind closed doors doesn’t appear to comply with state Freedom of Information laws.