Meet the candidates for Enfield Town Council
By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Enfield - posted Thu., Oct. 17, 2013
The Enfield municipal elections will be held on Nov. 5, and the newly-elected officers will begin their terms on Nov. 12. Meet your local candidates for Town Council:
Republican incumbent Joseph Bosco is a long-time resident of Enfield. He is a family business owner and said he can appreciate the struggles that businesses are up against. Bosco wants to help create a plan that would give businesses incentives to grow in Enfield. Bosco also feels that energy incentives and improvement districts should be explored.
Democrat Jill Cofiell Krawiec is an adjudication manager with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts who works with unemployment assistance. She has a BA from Eastern Connecticut State University and her children attend school in Enfield. “The most important thing I will do if elected is to listen to the public and always be accessible to all residents,” she said.
Republican Dominic Alaimo has been serving as the chairman of the Thompsonville Fire District since 2005. Alaimo has also served on the Enfield Republican Town Committee since 2009, the Planning and Zoning as an alternate since 2011, and a member of the Mayor’s Advisory Council since 2011. He is also an Enfield small business owner of Freshwater Package Store.
Democratic incumbent William “Red” Edgar is a life-long resident of Enfield. He is seeking re-election because he feels that there is more work to be done and he wants to be a part of that process. “The most important thing that I could stress to the voters would be that they need to own up to their fiscal responsibilities and get out and vote. I feel that voting is an honor that shouldn’t be taken lightly.”
Enfield resident Donald LeRoy Christmas is also running for the District 2 seat on the Town Council, and is not endorsed by either party. All attempts to contact Christmas were unsuccessful as of the press deadline on Oct. 18.
Democrat Charles Ladd is a retired lab supervisor for First Brands Corporation. He attended Rockville High School and graduated from the University of Hartford. Ladd has been a community volunteer and recently was the Planning and Zoning commissioner. He feels that his experiences will help him be understanding of the needs of the Enfield residents.
Republican William Lee has served as an at-large town councilman since 2005. Lee has served on the Hazardville Institute Conservation Society Inc., Boy Scouts of America Troop and Pack 819 Committee, Enfield Revitalization Strategy Committee, Fourth of July Town Celebration and he is an elder of the Calvary Church of Enfield. He is the owner of Bitrainingassociate.com.
Republican incumbent Thomas Kienzler has served on the board of Thompsonville Little League, as well as coaching from 2002 through 2009, and on the Enfield Dog Park Action Committee from 2009 through 2011. Kienzler is the current director of the fourth of July Celebration Committee and several other committee appointments. “My goal if re-elected to the council is to continue being a diligent steward of the taxpayer’s money,” he said.
Democrat Edward N. Deni was a truck driver for Unisource Paper for 26 years, and is 34 years retired as a first sergeant in the Army National Guard. He feels that he has the experience that the council needs. “I believe in fairness. I will vote for the best solutions for Enfield. I don’t believe that major decisions should be made without the input from the residents, such as the armed guards in our schools. I believe in an open government,” he said.
Republican Scott R. Kaupin has been the mayor of Enfield since 2007 and has been town councilman in District 3 since 1993. He is running for the office of councilman at-large. “After 10 terms on the Enfield Town Council, representing District 3, I am currently running for one of the seven town councilman at-large positions. This change has given me the opportunity to campaign across the town,” he said.
Republican incumbent Carol Hall currently has been councilman at-large for nine years. She serves on the Enfield Ethics Commission, Enfield Building Committee for the elementary schools and junior high, as well as the Enfield Republican Town Committee. Hall graduated from Enfield High and Eastern ConnecticutState University. Hall has been a Century 21 realtor for Allpoints Realty for 28 years.
Republican incumbent Gregory T. Stokes, Sr., is councilman at-large at the present time. Stokes was the Enfield Board of Education chairman from 2009 through 2011, and has served on several other committees. “I am running for re-election to continue the work we have begun. We have so many projects that will improve the quality of life for all who call Enfield home. The one that really is a focus of mine is our new state-of-the-art high school,” he said.
Republican Donna Szewczak is currently on the Board of Education. Szewczak is on the Curriculum and Finance Committee and liaison to the High School Building Committee. Szewczak is interested in exploring solar energy as an alternative resource, when applicable. She served on the Enfield School Building Committee from 2000 through 2004. Szewczak is an Enfield High graduate from 1970 and acquired her BA from University of Connecticut in 1974.
Democrat Gina Cekala is a practicing attorney. She is a military wife and feels that she is prepared to meet the town’s budget needs. “If I am elected, I will work closely with the BOE and school administration to improve our school system. I truly believe that the key to a successful town is having a successful and excellent school system,” she said. “We need to review our past budgets and look at our current budget so we can start proper fiscal planning. I also want to revisit the armed guard issue.”
Democrat incumbent Patrick Crowley is the father of seven and he loves to coach basketball. He sits on the committees for the Enfield Ramblers Youth Football and Cheerleaders, he is the president of the Enfield High Gridiron Club, is on the Board of Directors for the Thompsonville Little League and this is his 10th year as town councilman. He is presently employed as a supervisor of judicial marshals for the state of Connecticut.
Democrat incumbent Cynthia Mangini is currently serving her eighth term. She has served as a liaison to numerous committees such as the Enfield Food Shelf and Enfield Revitalization, and is a member of the Fourth of July Committee. “If I am re-elected, my plan is to best serve Enfield’s residents by setting in motion the plans that are fiscally responsible while at the same time, addressing the issues appropriately,” she said.
Democrat incumbent Thomas Arnone is seeking re-election. He grew up in Thompsonville and Hazardville. He and his wife, Janice, have lived here since they were wed. They raised four children and they all attended public school. Arnone works for Windsor Locks Water Pollution Control Authority. “When re-elected, I will continue to work across party lines to get things done in Enfield and continue to get answers to the residents’ concerns,” he said.