PLAINVILLE – The Plainville Republican Town Committee has endorsed its slate of candidates for the November election, with newcomer Joseph Catanzaro hoping to join the town council.
The Republican Town Committee has endorsed incumbent town council members Kathy Pugliese, Deborah Tompkins, Jacob Rocco and David Underwood as well as challenger Joseph Catanzaro.
Catanzaro, a lifelong Plainville resident, said that he got his first taste of politics from friends in New Britain who serve on the city council and supported Mayor Erin Stewart’s campaign. He is also the president of the Italian American Alliance in New Britain.
“I have worked to preserve Italian American culture by defending the Christopher Columbus statue,” he said. “I also worked to bring back the Festa Italiana in 2019 after 30 years.”
Catanzaro said that Plainville has always stood out to him as a “family-oriented” community where “people can rely on their neighbors.” He said that, if elected, he plans to reach out to and engage different ethnic communities in town.
“I’ve seen what happens when a group of people work together for the benefit of the community,” he said.
Catanzaro, who described himself as a libertarian, said that one of his goals for Plainville is to aim for more fiscal responsibility.
“We have an issue with overspending in Plainville,” he said. “We have a lot of areas where, rather than blowing money on things, we can save it for another day.”
One of Catanzaro’s goals for Plainville is to work to make the town more attractive for small businesses.
“My father is a small business owner and I feel that having more small businesses in town would be good for a community like Plainville,” he said.
Catanzaro is a 2017 graduate of Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communication. He believes that these skills will be an asset to the town council.
“I’ve worked with several organizations including a 7,000 member Italian organization,” he said. “My experience will help us to structure and run things effectively.”
The Republican Town Committee has also endorsed Lori Consalvo, Cassandra Clark and Rachel Buchanan for the Board of Education.
Julia Underwood is the Republican Town Committee’s endorsed candidate for Library Trustee.
The Republican Town Committee has also endorsed Ezio Capozzi, Jr., Rick Drezek, Danny Carrier and Daniel Ciesielski as constable candidates.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.