Trinks to seek ninth term in office

By Gregory A. Scibelli - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Thu., Aug. 11, 2011
Windsor Mayor Donald Trinks, shown working at his business, is among the Democrats running for Town Council. Trinks seeks his ninth term. Photo by Gregory A. Scibelli.
Windsor Mayor Donald Trinks, shown working at his business, is among the Democrats running for Town Council. Trinks seeks his ninth term. Photo by Gregory A. Scibelli.

The field is set for the upcoming 2011 Town Council, Board of Education, and town constable races in the town of Windsor.

Mayor Donald Trinks, a Democrat, will seek his ninth term on the Windsor Town Council. Also running for re-election on the Democratic ticket are Deputy Mayor Alan Simon, Randy KcKenney, and William Herzfield. Councilor Matthew Marci will not seek re-election, but Trinks, who has been elected mayor five times, said Jody Terranova was nominated by the Democratic Party caucus to seek Marci’s seat on the council.

Trinks, a local businessman who owns Bart's Drive-In, said he has learned much from being in business and believes he brings that view to the Town Council. “I have a lot of good exposure to how things are run in town, and I also interact with a lot of people through my business,” said Trinks. “Being in business has also helped to open my eyes about the different things going on in town.”
His business also affords him the opportunity to talk to citizens in a more relaxed environment, in an effort to hear what their concerns are so he can work on finding effective solutions, he said.

During the next two years, Trinks said he believes the Great Pond Village project will be a big deal for the town and that the council needs to keep an eye on the project and make sure it is successful, to bring in more tax revenue to the town.

Another issue that needs attention, he said, is the landfill. “Our landfill is almost filled up,” said Trinks. “It will be at capacity soon and we are going to need to address it.”

The budget, Trinks said, is one of the chief concerns of all town officials, and of Windsor residents. “We need to continue to work to keep what we have, while dealing with the lowering state aid and other lack of funding,” said Trinks.

According to the Town Charter, the Town Council and Board of Education are only allowed to carry a majority by one person. Each major party, Democrat and Republican, is permitted to place five candidates for consideration on the ballot. The top nine vote-getters will be elected. The majority party picks the chair, or in the council’s case, the mayor.

Council candidates announced by the Republican caucus included current Councilors Ronald Eleveld, Donald Jepsen, Aaron Jubrey, and Michael McDonald. Seeking to help the party take the majority on the council this fall will be Lisa Marie Boccia.

The Democrats also currently control the Board of Education, but only three of their five representatives will be seeking re-election this year. Chairman Milo Peck and members Doreen Richardson and Christopher Watts are on the ballot. The Democrats also nominated Richard O’Reilly and Darleen Klase.

Republicans nominated incumbents AnaChristian Santos, Paul Panos and Howard Jubrey, Jr. Patricia DiGiore and Kristin Ingram will also run on the Republican side of the ballot.

Democrats nominated incumbent Vivian Cicero and newcomer Ina Forman for constable. Republicans nominated incumbent David Gillette and newcomer Richard Knickerbocker for constable.

The election will be held Nov. 8.


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