NEW BRITAIN -The Republican Town Committee has released its expected slate for aldermen representing Ward 4 and Ward 5 in November’s election.
Incumbents Don Naples and Robert Smedley will be candidates representing Ward 4 and Miriam Geraci and Carmelo Rodriguez are expected to be the party’s candidates for Ward 5.
“Alderman Naples and Smedley have done a phenomenal job over the last four years listening to their constituents in the Central Connecticut State University area, along with others from across the community, to help create change and improve the quality of life for residents. I am excited to have them running again and look forward to seeing their work continue,” Mayor Erin Stewart said of the incumbents in a statement announcing the expected slate.
This is not the first time Geraci has run for a seat on the council, as she also ran to represent Ward 5 in 2015. Geraci is currently a member of the Board of Education.
“As a co-owner of a small business in downtown and a Board of Education member, I have a unique understanding of how our community operates and what changes are necessary in order to continue with the progress that Mayor Stewart has brought to our great city,” Geraci said. “I will be working hard between now and November 7th to earn the confidence of the residents in Ward 5. I would be honored to represent them on the Common Council and would work to make a positive difference in our community.”
Rodriguez is the president of the Latino Coalition and is also a member of the Police Commission. Rodriguez said he likes the direction the mayor has taken the city in during her tenure.
“Mayor Stewart has demonstrated an ability to foster immense change for our community. She has shown a keen interest in helping to improve the lives of all residents regardless of their neighborhood or background,” Rodriguez said of Stewart. “She understands that having a robust business community, strong schools, engaged residents and strong leadership lead to a thriving place where people want to live, work, visit, and establish a business.”
Current Ward 5 Alderman Lou Salvio will not be seeking re-election in November.
“At my advanced age, I have decided that it’s time to say ‘so long.’ Mayor Stewart is doing a wonderful job and has a fine group of council members on her team to continue moving New Britain forward,” Salvio said in the slate announcement.
While Naples and Smedley are incumbents, Geraci and Rodriguez will hope to win Salvio’s vacant seat and unseat incumbent Democrat Carlo Carlozzi in Ward 5.
The RTC has already released its projected slate for Aldermen At-Large candidates, announcing that incumbents Tremell Collins, Daniel Salerno, Daniel Davis and James Sanders Jr. and newcomer Desiree Costa are expected to be the party’s five candidates.
In addition, incumbents Wilfredo Pabon and Jamie Giantonio are expected to join Mayor Erin Stewart’s ticket as candidates for Ward 1.
The RTC has also announced the expected endorsements for tax collector, as well as town and city clerk and treasurer.
Cheryl Blogoslawski will be seeking her sixth term as the city’s tax collector, Mark Bernacki will run for reelection for the first time as town and city clerk, and Mark DeGrandis hopes to be reelected as treasurer.
Five Board of Education seats, the Board of Assessment Appeals and eight constables of the city will also be decided in the municipal election.
The RTC will officially give its endorsements at 7 p.m. on July 24 in the Tim Stewart Community Room of the New Britain Police Department.
The Democrats will announce their endorsed slate a few days earlier at 7 p.m. July 20 at city hall.
Nominating and primary petitions must be filed by Aug. 9.
Primary elections will be held on Sept. 12 and Election Day is Nov. 7.
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