VOTE ROW B TEAM - TUESDAY NOVEMBER 7, 2017 EXPERIENCED AND PROVEN LEADERSHIP FOR TORRINGTON CANDIDATE BIOS - READ BELOW ABOUT OUR TEAM!
MAYOR Elinor Carbone - 1B Torrington Mayor Elinor Carbone is currently serving a four-year term after being elected as Mayor in 2013. Prior to serving as Mayor, she was an elected member of the Board of Education from 2003-2007, and an elected member of the City Council from 2007-2013. While on the Board of Education, Mayor Carbone served as Secretary, Vice Chair, chaired the Policy Committee, and served on the Budget Committee.
During the Mayor’s time as a Councilwoman, she served on the Personnel Committee, Blue Ribbon Commission, chaired the Charter Revision Commission, and was appointed to serve as liaison to the Mayor’s Committee on Youth. She was a member of the Executive Board of the Torrington Development Commission and served on the board of Fit Together. As Mayor, she has made economic development, brownfield redevelopment, trail development and expansion of recreational opportunities her top priorities. In just three years, the Mayor and her administration have applied for and received approximately $1.4 million in funding for brownfield assessment, planning, and clean up on various sites throughout Torrington and funding for trail development and planning funds.
The Mayor believes that life is a delicate balance of work and play. She strikes that balance through her faith, commitment to her family and a strict routine of cycling and exercise. Elinor and Gerry Carbone have been married for 38 years and enjoy spending time with their sons Marcus, Matthew, Nick and his wife Sara, and their grandchildren Jackson and Georgia.
CITY COUNCIL Frank Rubino - 2B Mr. Rubino resides in Torrington with his wife, Sue Casey Rubino. He has 5 children and 2 grandchildren. He is an Oliver Wolcott Technical High School graduate (1978) and has been employed by O & G for the past 38 years.
Mr. Rubino has served as Constable, has served on inland wetlands, planning and zoning and has been on Board of Safety 6 years. He has also served on the Board of Education for 4 years, 2 as board chairman, and 2 years as budget chairman. He currently is serving his 5th year on the Board of Finance.
Mr. Rubino has enjoyed serving on the boards and commissions in Torrington and hopes to continue to serve in the future.
Fred Simon - 3B Born, raised, and educated in Torrington, lifelong resident Fred Simon has innumerable reasons to love this city. After graduating Oliver Wolcott Technical High School in 1977, Fred spent 37 years working at Cablevision (Optimum) as the Field Operations Supervisor, and retired in October of 2016.
Over the last 35 years, Fred has been actively involved in the community. He has served as a coach, mentor, and volunteer for numerous organizations throughout Torrington. Fred has worked tirelessly to enhance the lives of others in the community he calls his own.
Fred has three motivated children born and raised in Torrington, and who are still deeply rooted in the city. His oldest son, Michael Simon, is the owner of PRIA Healthcare located in Torrington. Robert Simon has been an active police officer of the Torrington Police Department for the last ten years and is deeply committed to the betterment of the city. His daughter, Kimberly Simon, is the proud and talented owner of Stashes and Laches Barber and Beauty Salon also located in Torrington. Fred is the proud grandfather of two grandchildren with one more grandson on the way.
If elected, Fred looks forward to working with the citizens of Torrington to give back to his community, which has afforded countless opportunities and successes to him and his family over the years.
Gregg Cogswell - 4B Gregg Cogswell is a lifelong resident where he has a long family history dating back four generations of family members calling Torrington home. For the past seven years Gregg has had the privilege to serve on the City Council in Torrington where he is currently the Chairman of the Ordinance Committee, as well as a member of the City Budget Subcommittee and Other Post-Employment Benefits Board. Besides Gregg's service to the City Council he also served on two statewide policy committees aimed at helping youth in Connecticut. He was appointed by former Governor M. Jodi Rell in 2007 to serve on the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee from 2007-2010 and also served as a legislative appointee to the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management's Child Poverty and Prevention Council from 2009-2016. In Torrington, Gregg served as a member of the Board of Assessment Appeals in 2009, is currently a Justice of the Peace since 2010 and has been a member of the local Republican Town Committee since 2006, where he currently serves as the committee’s chairman. He spent the first part of his career working in various positions for the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford from 2006 to 2016, spending the final six years as a legislative research and policy analyst focusing on issues related to municipalities, banking, environment and housing. Gregg left the state capitol following the 2016 regular legislative session to pursue a career as a property and casualty insurance agent with Farmers Insurance in Watertown, CT where he works presently.
Since taking the oath of office in 2010 he has made it his top priority to keep a close watch on budget matters realizing now more than ever residents in Torrington deserve a city government that serves them, but also keeps spending increases to a minimum. With this top priority in mind, Gregg joined in cooperation with Mayor Elinor Carbone’s administration, fellow City Council and Board of Finance members in passing a budget this year that keeps the tax rate the same despite tough economic conditions and the lack of a two year state budget. If given the opportunity to represent Torrington for another two years on the council, Gregg will continue to make the city's budget his top priority so the city continues to make smart investments to move our community forward while being mindful to keep our mil-rate stable. Local government may have little control over increased federal and state mandates coupled with less aid, despite this continued trend he believes we cannot pass along tax increases that will hurt families and hurt job growth in Torrington.
Aside from fiscal matters, economic development must continue to remain a top priority. In order to grow our city's grand list and create jobs so we can lessen the tax burden we must as a city send a message we are a good place for businesses to start or expand. Gregg's belief in how the City Council can most directly help this situation is through continued responsible budgeting and willingness to listen to businesses how local government can help. If the city can continue to pass responsible budgets, the message will be clear to businesses that city government recognizes the need to keep property taxes from rising and will encourage businesses to locate in Torrington. In addition to passing responsible budgets, we must continue to listen to businesses who believe the city can help via ordinances and other measures to help grow current and new business. Gregg believes with a strong partnership between the city, our business owners, residents and other stakeholders we can continue to produce positive measures aimed to helping our economic development in a time when our state economy continues to be in constant flux.
Growing up he learned the important value of community and public service through his late mother and grandmother who were both actively involved in Torrington community. He attended local public schools in Torrington for grades K-8 and is a 2003 graduate of Holy Cross High School in Waterbury, CT. He attended Pace University in Pleasantville, NY and The University of Connecticut in West Hartford, CT focusing in Business, Public Policy and Communications.
Anne Ruwet - 5B Anne was born and raised in Torrington and is currently residing in her family home on the Ruwet Farm. She is the mother of two sons, Dustin and Ryan Bingham and a proud Grandmother of two beautiful grandchildren. Ms. Ruwet has proudly served for the past four years on the City Council and aspires to serve again to ensure that the people of Torrington are well represented with a common-sense leadership.
Ms. Ruwet is the Chief Executive Officer for CCARC, Inc. in New Britain where she has been working since 1994. She is responsible for the overall administration of the agency with an annualized budget of $11 million that has included contracts with Connecticut Department of Developmental Services, Department of Children and Families, and Department of Social Services and various school districts for vocational, educational and residential programs for over 200 people with disabilities. Ms. Ruwet is responsible for a capital campaign which exceeded its goal and raised over $2.5 million and provided the oversight of the construction of the agency's 22,000 square ft. building which was designed to be fully accessible and welcoming to clients, staff and visitors.
Ms. Ruwet served as State Representative (65th district) from 2003 to 2008. During her term she was a Legislative Committee Member in Education, Finance Revenue & Bonding, and Children’s Committee (Ranking Member). She was appointed to the CT After School Alliance and Youth Futures Council. She was a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) where she served for six years on Health and Human Services. She also served on numerous panels and was a frequent guest speaker. Ms. Ruwet proposed and supported legislation for Litchfield County Courthouse, Torrington Downtown Redevelopment and other critical legislation to support a business-friendly environment.
CITY CLERK Carol Anderson - 6B Currently serving her eleventh year as the Assistant City Clerk in Torrington, Carol Anderson is fully trained, educated, experienced, and professionally certified as a municipal clerk. She has attained the Master Municipal Clerk designation from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) and the Master Connecticut Town Clerk designation from the Connecticut Town Clerk Association (CTCA). Carol is the only candidate who knows just what the Town and City Clerk office is all about. She knows what needs to be done and exactly how to do it!
Carol has worked to advance the municipal clerks profession by serving on the CTCA Advanced Education Committee, Retiree Committee and Conference Committee as well as the New England Association of City and Town Clerks (NEACTC) Fundraising Committee. She has served four years on the Board of Directors of the New England Municipal Clerks Institute at Plymouth State University. She has served for three years on the Board of Directors for IIMC, a professional organization of over 14,000 municipal clerks from 13 different countries. On this international board, Carol was proud to represent Torrington, the state of Connecticut, and New England as well as New York State. Carol has worked hard to administer to and improve the professional certification status of municipal clerks.
Locally, Carol has served Torrington on the Torringford School Building Committee, the 275th Anniversary Committee, and the Torrington Development Corporation. She has volunteered at Vogel Wetmore School as a mentor since 2009. Over the years, she has been actively involved as a troop leader, parent, and grandparent with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in Torrington. Carol has been (and continues to be) very active in her parish of St. John Paul the Great for well over 20 years, including service on the Evangelization Committee, Social Ministry Committee, Pro-Life Committee, Legion of Mary and Holy Rosary Society, to name a few.
Over 23 years ago, Carol and her husband Steve found a home in the city of Torrington. Here they raised their four children, Christopher, Dan, Cathy, and Carolyn, who all graduated from Torrington High School before continuing to college and graduate school. Now she is a grandmother of three, and Carol continues to look for ways to give back to the community she loves. Whether it's supporting local fundraisers, participating in community outreach programs, or simply picking up trash on Clean Up the World Day - there is always a way to serve!
CITY TREASURER Dan Farley - 7B Family: Wife, Lynn; Son, Daniel Jr; Daughter, Lauren; 3 Grandchildren
Experience: City Council 2015-present. Trustee, City of Torrington's Pension Plan, 2015-present. Member, Torrington's Small Cities Grant Committee, 2015-present. Commissioner, Torrington Housing Authority, 2015. Northwest CT Transit District, Board of Directors, 2014-present. Torrington Board of Finance, 2004-2011
Organization: Officer, Elks-Torrington, Member: St John Paul the Great Church. Treasurer, Torrington Youth Soccer 1994-1997
Education: Bentley University, BS degree Business Management, Torrington High School
Goals: All revenues, Small Cities Grant activities, bond issues, bond payments and wire transfers to be processed and recorded by the Treasurer and the Asst. Treasure in a timely and efficient manner.
SELECTMEN Dustin Bingham - 8B Dustin and his wife, Andrea, moved back to his hometown of Torrington in 2014. He is a Senior Financial Analyst at Sikorsky Aircraft for the legacy presidential helicopter program. Mr. Bingham has a Bachelors in Statistics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MBA in Finance from Loyola Marymount University.
Mr. Bingham was appointed as a Selectman to fill a vacancy in 2014 and reelected to the position in 2016. “My goal is to continue to work with other municipal leaders to make Torrington a prosperous place for businesses to thrive and grow”.
Bruce Harrison, Jr. - 9B Mr. Harrison is a lifelong resident of Torrington and has been a teacher for 12 years at Torrington High School. He is a graduate of Torrington High School (1999), holds a B.S in English from UCONN, an M.S. in Education from University of Bridgeport and an M.S. in 6th year administration from Central Connecticut State University.
Mr. Harrison has been a member of the Torrington Republican Town Committee for 2 years and is currently a Selectman for the city (appointed).
His goals are to establish himself as a community leader in Torrington and work closely with our local leaders.
He is a member of the Sons of Italy, Torrington.
BOARD OF EDUCATION John Giansanti - 10B Mr. Giansanti has been in both public and private schools until he went to college. He was in the Torrington school system, until the 11th grade when he changed to St. Paul's Catholic High school in Bristol. He attended the University of Hartford where he majored and received his degree in Political Science. He has experience in the banking world, insurance world, and currently is in the automotive industry at Center Subaru of Torrington.
Mr. Giansanti’s family are the owners of Anthony's restaurant and they have been in Torrington for thirty years. Mr. Giansanti says “This town has been good to us and I want to give back to my community by trying to safeguard the education of our youth”.
John Kissko - 11B John Kissko was born in Torrington and educated in Torrington Public Schools. He earned a BA and MA degrees from the University of Connecticut in Storrs and did further work at the University of Scranton and Southern Connecticut State University. He taught history and economics at Litchfield High School for 36 years and has also served on the adjunct faculties of the University of Connecticut and Naugatuck Valley Community College. He was first elected to the Board of Education in 2011. He is a widower with four sons, four daughters-in-law, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. One of his grandchildren is at Wolcott Tech, one of the great-grandchildren attends Torrington High School and the other is in first grade at Southwest School. He enjoys reading and spending time with friends and family, but sometimes he likes the peace and quiet of being left alone.
Molly Spino - 12B Molly and her husband, Nicklas, have been residents of Torrington their entire lives. They have two sons and a daughter, Owen, a 2017 graduate of Torrington High School, Ryan, a 5th grader at East Elementary School and Emily, a 3rd grader at East Elementary School.
Mrs. Spino made the decision to run for the Board of Education because of her love for the City of Torrington and passion to make Torrington Public Schools one of the best in the State. She has a desire to bring a closer relationship between the Board, Elected Officials, Parents and Educators in the City. “These are our children, our schools and our tax dollars being spent and the residents, parents and teachers voices too often go unheard. I want to build more parent involvement and hear from our educators when it comes to decision making. Big proposals and decisions should not be made without the input of our community”. Mrs. Spino says she will be the voice to make sure the Board of Education has an open line of communication and transparency with families and elected officials in Torrington.
Mrs. Spino is a Torrington High School graduate (2000) and U.S. Marine Corps veteran. She holds a B.S. Summa Cum Laude in Legal Studies with a focus in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Post University. She has been pursuing a second degree in Urban and Community Studies from UCONN. She is a Senior Real Estate Paralegal with Kelly Law Offices in Washington.
In addition to her work, Mrs. Spino is a member of VoteVets, the largest progressive veteran’s organization in the United States. She has traveled to Washington D.C. on behalf of VoteVets to speak to our U.S. Representatives and Senators regarding issues currently facing our Country. Mrs. Spino is a Justice of the Peace and an active member with the Torrington Republican Town Committee. She volunteered with the Torrington Warriors Football & Cheer program from 2013-2017 as the Executive Board Secretary, League Mom and Team Mom for her son’s football team. She also served as Executive Board Secretary for the league’s football conference during her term on the Warrior’s board.
CONSTABLE Ron Raymond, Jr. - 13B
Jim Reginatto - 14B Mr. Reginatto is a life-long resident of the City of Torrington. He is married to Brenda Reginatto and has a son, Tyler Reginatto. He graduated from Torrington High School in 1980 and is the former owner of Jim’s Bakery and Tino’s Shoe Service.
Rick Dalla Valle - 15B Mr. Dalla Valle resides in Torrington with his wife. He has 3 children and 7 grandchildren.
Mr. Dalla Valle is a former 5 term City Councilman and for the past 7 years he has been working as the Deputy Emergency Management Director for the City of Torrington. Prior to this position, Mr. Dalla Valle was a Job Developer for Community Solutions, Inc. for 21 years and Compliance Manager for Kelley Transit Company for 2 years.
Mr. Dalla Valle’s volunteer experience is extensive, including being a member of the Board of Directors for New Beginnings The Gathering Place. He is also the former chairman of the Mayor’s Committee on youth for 15 years and for 3 years he was the director of Operation Overflow in Torrington.
Donna Isely - 16B Ms. Isely has been an active member of the Torrington Republican Town Committee since 1978 and currently is the secretary. She is a graduate of Torrington High School (1978) and holds a degree in Political Science from Central Connecticut State University. She is a past president of the Torrington Republican women’s club, a member of the Elks, altrusa international, and center congregational church. Ms. Isely is employed as an elderly care service provider.Ms. Isely has a will to continue to work with all elected officials for the betterment of the citizens of Torrington.
BOARD OF PUBLIC SAFETY Robert Conforti, Jr. - 17B Wife: Rhonda
Education: St. Peter's 1967, OWTS 1971-drafting, Central Connecticut State Colleg 1975- Bachelors in administrative Science majoring in Buisness
Career: 48 years at Stop & Shop, Grocery Manager
Political: Elected 2013-2017 Board of Public Safety
Darlene Battle - 18B Party: Republican
Education: MBA, Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, CT
Mrs. Battle has been the Public Safety Commissioner for 8 years in addition to being the Chair of the Red Mountain Avenue Neighborhood watch and President of the Torrington High School PTO.