TRUMBULL FIRST SELECTMAN VICKI TESORO ANNOUNCES BID FOR RE-ELECTION
Tesoro pledges continued commitment to Trumbull residents and businesses in 2019 campaign
Trumbull, CT —Trumbull First Selectman Vicki Tesoro announced today that she will seek re-election for a second term in 2019. In her campaign for re-election, Tesoro’s commitment to Trumbull residents remains steadfast, and her vision simple: A safe community, with excellent schools, a diverse housing stock to meet every need, ample recreation opportunities, efficient services, and a sound financial profile.
“I’m incredibly proud of what our administration has done since my election in 2017. We made promises during our last campaign—and we have fulfilled those promises. But like always, there is more work to be done. I’m running for re-election to continue what we started,” said Tesoro.
During Vicki’s tenure as First Selectman, she kept Trumbull’s tax rate at a stable level despite municipal aid cuts from the state, while also maintaining a commitment to education, public safety, senior citizens, and critical town-wide services. Fiercely committed to doing what is right for Trumbull, she has been a vocal advocate in Hartford, fighting for, among other things, adequate education funding for Trumbull and fairness in the distribution of State aid. She meets regularly with Connecticut’s elected officials, Trumbull’s State delegation and her fellow First Selectmen from surrounding communities.
“Last election, we promised to keep taxes stable and spending in check while maintaining our vital municipal services, including education and public safety. We have done just that, showing that Democratic beliefs are not inconsistent with fiscal responsibility; that we can spend smarter and reset our priorities,” said Vicki. “We have also preserved expiring grants that allowed us to build a new kitchen at the Senior Center, invest in critical infrastructure like the light at Chip’s shopping plaza, develop Long Hill Green, and more.”
Over the last 18 months, Vicki encouraged safe, smart, and focused economic growth and development, prioritizing redevelopment of underperforming existing properties. This includes the proposed senior facility in the former United Health Care Facility on Route 111, which will provide senior housing, assisted living, and memory care services to seniors, while having no impact on schools and generating more than $2 million in additional revenue; the long vacant, 110,000 square foot former call center at 55 Merritt Boulevard, which was purchased and is now the Trumbull Tradesman Center; as well as 101 Oakview Drive, vacated by Sacred Heart University, and the adjacent 109 Oakview Drive, which were purchased by Resort Lifestyle Communities and will form a new 132 unit independent living facility for residents 55 and over.
“When all this comes to pass we will have taken approximately 360,000 square feet of underperforming or vacant space and transformed it into a vibrant part of our Community generating significant tax revenue for all our citizens,” said Tesoro. “Over 20 new businesses have also opened their doors in our Town. Our sensible and pragmatic economic development approach is working—we are generating tax revenue, increasing the attractiveness of Trumbull, all while taking care to develop in a manner that fits within the Trumbull Plan of Conservation and Development.”
Since her election, Vicki has held true to her promise to restore a sense of community, and governed in a manner that fosters an environment of civility and bipartisanship, working across the aisle and appointing town residents to Boards and Commissions with an eye towards knowledge and enthusiasm, rather than political affiliation.
“In two years I have appointed or reappointed more Republicans than my predecessor appointed Democrats in 8 years,” Vicki said. “We will continue to bring new ideas to our Boards and Commissions by appointing new citizens looking for an opportunity to serve.”
Vicki said, “What has meant the most to me was my promise to change the political climate of our Town. We have governed with that mentality, and we will continue to run clean, issue oriented campaigns. We will uphold our promise to give Trumbull the kind of government that reflects the best of our Town”
In Wednesday’s announcement, Tesoro also announced her campaign running-mates. Two-term Treasurer, Anthony Musto, will seek a third term as Trumbull Town Treasurer. Former Recreation Director, Mary Markham, will seek the office of Trumbull Town Clerk.
“I have absolute confidence in Anthony’s ability to manage our Town assets for the benefit of our taxpayers. His results are impressive and we have all benefited from his hard work and expertise. I am excited we are running together again,” said Tesoro. “Mary will make an equally outstanding Town Clerk bringing both a high level of competence and an upbeat, positive, and service oriented attitude to the position. She will bring fresh perspective and new ideas to the role of Town Clerk.”
Under Vicki’s leadership, Trumbull is thriving and remains a sought-after town for families and seniors alike to live, work, and play.
“There is still more to be done. We are not done yet. I am committed to all Trumbull residents and will continue to deliver results in a way that reflects the best of our Community.” said Tesoro.