FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 22nd, 2019
Trumbull Democratic Town Committee Unanimously Nominates First Selectman Vicki Tesoro for Second Term
Mary Markham nominated for town clerk; incumbent Anthony Musto nominated for third term as town treasurer
First Selectman Vicki Tesoro was chosen by unanimous acclamation as the Democratic candidate for a new term by the Trumbull Democratic Town Committee (TDTC) at its nominating convention last Thursday. The TDTC also nominated Mary Markham for town clerk and Anthony Musto for town treasurer, reuniting the top of the 2017 Democratic ticket as it seeks election to new two-year terms beginning in December.
In a series of nominating speeches, Democratic leaders cited Tesoro’s success in tax stabilization, school-system funding, economic development and a commitment to serving the needs of the senior population as among the reasons she’s earned a new term.
Importantly, Democratic officials repeatedly noted Tesoro’s success in restoring a tone of civility and bipartisan neighborliness to the town, and her restoration of a variety of community-focused traditional events, such as Trumbull Day around the Fourth of July and the annual children’s egg hunt on the Town Hall lawn.
“Vicki Tesoro has done extraordinary work in less than two years,” said Trumbull Democratic Town Chairman Tom Kelly. “She’s truly transformed our community for the better, ending a period of acrimony and division and ushering in an era of community spirit and mutual respect, all while demonstrating superb fiscal management and pushing for excellence in our schools.”
Indeed, in her own acceptance speech, Tesoro stressed her deliberative, non-confrontational approach. “We all share a common belief that by working together, respecting one another and seeing differences as opportunities instead of obstacles, we can achieve great things for Trumbull,” she said. “We also share a core belief that while doing the right thing is essential, equally essential is that we do the right thing the right way.”
During Tesoro’s year-and-a-half in office, she’s dealt with dramatic proposed reductions in state funding to municipalities in two consecutive budgets, but nevertheless delivered town budgets whose annual tax increases have averaged 2%. And she’s done it without relying on fiscal gimmicks.
Tesoro increased education funding by $5.6 million, even while holding tax increases at historically low levels. She’s increased investments in pension funding and pushed forward a series of important infrastructure and facilities projects.
On economic development, Tesoro said, the results are clear. Over 20 new businesses opened their doors in Trumbull just this year. Progress is being made on White Plains Road in Trumbull Center, at the corporate parks, and at the site of the former Marissa’s restaurant. A right-turn lane has been installed at Whitney Avenue and Main Street. A traffic light is coming to Route 111 at the Chips shopping center. Moose Hill Road is being improved and expanded.
“While we have accomplished many of the things that we promised, there is more to be done,” Tesoro said. “We can no longer afford to run government as usual. There is too much at stake. We must find ways to make our government leaner and more efficient. I am confident we have the team to continue the progress we have made.”
Going forward, Tesoro’s and the Democratic Party’s agenda includes:
Continuing to keep taxes low and spending in check.
Returning the Town Council to seven districts.
Strengthening referendum language for large projects.
Enacting term limits where the law allows.
Returning to four-year staggered terms for Board of Education members and eliminating that board’s seventh seat in order to foster cooperation and consensus.
In a powerful indication of the Trumbull Democratic Party’s unity and support for Tesoro, her ticket is noteworthy in that all incumbents from the Town Council, Board of Finance, Board of Education and other boards and commissions are returning to seek reelection.
“My ticket reflects my belief that diversity of opinion always leads to a better result,” Tesoro said. “They’re smart, experienced, independent thinkers and most of all, dedicated town volunteers willing to step forward to bring their talents to our town government.”
The full Democratic slate for 2019 includes:
BOARD OF EDUCATION
BOARD OF FINANCE
TOWN COUNCIL DISTRICT 1
TOWN COUNCIL DISTRICT 2
Mary Beth Thornton
TOWN COUNCIL DISTRICT 3
Christine El Eris
TOWN COUNCIL DISTRICT 4
Raymond E. Baldwin
ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS – 2019 SEAT
ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS – 2020 SEAT
PLANNING AND ZONING – 2019 SEAT
Fred Garrity, Jr.
PLANNING AND ZONING – 2020 SEAT
BOARD OF ASSESSMENT APPEALS