Mayor Lauretti endorses Dan Debicella for Congress

Mayor Mark Lauretti has endorsed fellow Shelton resident and Republican Dan Debicella for the U.S. Congress in the 4th District.

“Dan Debicella has served the people of Shelton for many years and I look forward to him continuing to serve us in Washington,” Lauretti said. “From his time on the Board of Apportionment and Taxation (A&T) to the state Senate, Dan has always put Shelton first.”

Debicella served in the state Senate from 2006 to 2010. He unsuccessfully ran for Congress against Democratic incumbent Jim Himes in 2010. He also has served on the Shelton A&T, which essentially acts as the finance board in that city.

“I thank Mayor Lauretti for his support,” Debicella said. “The mayor has done a tremendous job of keeping taxes low and quality-of-life high for the residents of Shelton for many years.”

Other endorsements

Debicella said he is being endorsed by Republican leaders from Oxford to Greenwich, and expects more endorsements in coming weeks from state legislators and Republican Town Committee leaders.

As the 2010 Republican nominee for Congress, Debicella lost to Himes 53%-47%. It was the closest federal race in Connecticut that year, being decided by 7,000 votes out of 220,000 cast.

At least one other Republican has expressed interest in seeking the GOP nomination for Congress next year — state Rep. John Shaban of Redding.

Congressman Himes, who lives in Greenwich, is expected to seek re-election to a fourth term. The 4th Congressional District includes most of Fairfield County, including Shelton.

Debicella’s background

According to his campaign biography, Debicella grew up in Bridgeport and Shelton. His father, Cal, was a policeman in Bridgeport and his mom, Maggie, is a secretary in the federal judicial system.

A 1992 Shelton High School graduate, he was the first person in his family to go to college. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and an MBA from Harvard Business School, and has held various management jobs in business.