Meet the Windsor Town Council candidates
By Joan Hunt - ReminderNews Managing Editor
Windsor - posted Mon., Oct. 24, 2011
Running for Town Council on Nov. 8 on the Democratic side are incumbents Donald Trinks, current mayor, Al Simon, current deputy mayor, and Bill Herzfeld, in addition to new candidates Jody Terranova and Randy McKenney. Republicans running for Town Council include incumbents Michael McDonald, Aaron Jubrey, Donald Jepsen and Ronald Eleveld, in addition to Lisa Marie Boccia.
Boccia, a Newington native with a BA in economics from Trinity College and an MBA from UConn, is presently chair of the Windsor Human Relations Commission, treasurer of Windsor Community Service Council and treasurer of Windsor C.A.R.E.S., in addition to being a volunteer for many organizations, including the Windsor Food Bank, the Windsor Senior Center and Adopt Families for Christmas. She and her husband, Phil, have lived in Windsor since 2000.
McDonald is a WHS and a UConn graduate and current director of the Windsor Education Foundation, Vice Chair of the Windsor Youth Commission and a past member of the BOE from 2001 to 2005. He has served on the Windsor Town Council for two terms.
Jubrey graduated from Loomis Chaffee School. A 25-year resident of Windsor, he is also a Youth Basketball coach and a member of Windsor Jaycees. He is looking for his second term on the Town Council.
Jepsen, who is also a Loomis Chaffee graduate and a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, is a past member of the Windsor Wetland Commission and the Windsor Technology Taskforce. He has been a member of the Town Council since 2001.
Eleveld, a WHS graduate, is past president of the Windsor Rotary Club, a trustee and past master of Washington Lodge #70 and treasurer of WMBA, Inc. He has served on the Town Council since 2007.
Trinks, who has a B.S. in sociology/criminal justice from the University of Hartford, is a lifelong resident of Windsor and was elected mayor in 2001. He’s been a member of the Windsor Jaycees for 20 years (president twice) and was named Jaycee of the Year in 1989 and 2001. He is a seven-time Shad Derby chair and has served as president for the Board of Directors for the Capital Area Substance Abuse Council and past chair of the Housing Committee of the Capital Region Council of Governments. He was a supernumerary Windsor Police officer and is a member of the Bradley Airport Community Advisory Board and a member of the Capital Region Workforce Development Board. His latest endeavor was revitalizing Windsor landmark Bart’s restaurant, where he is owner and manager.
McKenney, who retired this year from the State Dept. of Social Services as a Special Projects Manager, has served on the Aging and Handicapped Commission, was involved with Windsor’s Conversations on Race Committee, has coached girls basketball and Little League in Windsor and serves on the Board of Directors for the Board of Education Services for the Blind. He’s received the Governors Service Award twice. He moved to Windsor in 1994 and has five children, including a son at Windsor High School. He was also local union president for 3 years for AFSCME Local 714.
Terranova is a new Democratic candidate for Town Council, filling the slot vacated by Matt Marci. A Windsor resident and volunteer for nine years, she is a pediatrician with the UConn Health Center, co-chair of the Ambulatory Pediatrics and Continuity Clinic Committee for the UConn Pediatric Residency Program and serves as co-chair of the Windsor Youth Commission, a founding member of the Windsor Dog Park and a member of Windsor C.A.R.E.S. She said, “We want to make sure we preserve our small town feel and the great amenities we have, as we plan for the future. We want to support local businesses – eating and shopping locally to keep money in our town and really help out and support them. They contribute a lot to make Windsor as great as it is.”
Herzfeld currently chairs the Town Improvements Committee and is a member of the Health and Safety Committee. A former BOE member and officer, he is self-employed as a metal artist and is the owner of Eclectic Wonders. He has been on the Town Council since 2005. A graduate of Bloomfield High School, he has lived in Windsor since 1989. He and his wife Michele have one son who is a WHS graduate.
Simon has served on the Town Council since 1999. He is chair of the council’s Finance Committee and a member of the Special projects Committee. He works as Director of Business Development and Retention for a local auto dealer and volunteers as a coach for the Windsor American Little League, Windsor High School PTSA and is a former V.I.S.T.A. volunteer.
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