Candidates for the Coventry Town Council

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Coventry - posted Tue., Oct. 22, 2013
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Meet the candidates for the Coventry Town Council:

William Bonney – Republican

Bonney is running for his first term on the Coventry Town Council. He is an 18-year resident of Coventry. He holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering. Bonney has been married for 25 years to his lovely wife, Joyce, and has three daughters and eight grandchildren. He is an engineer registered in the State of Connecticut, and has more than 35 years of experience in engineering design and project management. Bonney worked on Safe Boating events at Lake Wangumbaug, Coventry Lake Boat Launch. He is past commander of the Manchester Power Squadron. Bonney has also taught safe boating and piloting courses.

Mike Griswold – Republican

Griswold is an incumbent candidate for the Town Council, and a 13-year resident of the town. He is an Unaffiliated candidate running on the Republican ticket. Griswold is married, and he and his wife, Cassy, have four daughters, three of whom are currently in Coventry schools. He is in his 11th year as a golf course superintendent at Skungamaug River Golf Course in Coventry. Griswold holds a B.S. in landscape architecture from the University of Connecticut. In addition to serving on the Coventry Town Council, Griswold has served on the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Cemetery Commission, and the Conservation Corps Committee. “I will continue to push for non-partisan cooperation in serving the best interests of the townspeople, with focus on land use, conservation, and economic development issues,” said Griswold.

Wayne Post – Republican

Post is seeking his first term on the Coventry Town Council. A 25-year resident of the town, Post has been married for 36 years and has three children, all of whom attended Coventry schools. He also has three grandchildren. After 25 years in the military, Post is a retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant. He owned a commercial construction business for 15 years, and spent four years as a manager/production manager in retail used office furniture. Post is involved with Planning and Zoning, Coventry Girls' Softball, Coventry Panthers Football, Coventry Patriots High School Football, and was founding vice president of the Gridiron Club. Post believes in a proactive and a common-sense approach to governing, with transparency, accountability and strong oversight providing the basis for successfully governing Coventry.

Jeff Shorts – Republican

Shorts is an incumbent candidate for the Coventry Town Council. A resident of the town for 18 years, Shorts and his wife, Valerie, have a 6-year-old son in the Coventry school system.  Shorts has been working for 21 years in the accounting field dealing with budgets, financial reporting and human resource issues in the industries of utility, insurance, healthcare, technology and food service. He is also the campaign manager and treasurer for state Rep. Tim Ackert. He has a B.S. in business administration with a major in accounting. Shorts has devoted two years to the Town Council and three years to the Zoning Board of Appeals. He is a Coventry youth coach for soccer, baseball and football. As a member of the Council, Shorts aims to, “Provide a proactive approach for the safety of our children and the ability to help them prepare for the future,” he said. “Also, use common sense when it comes to spending and hold everyone accountable."

Micah Welintukonis -  Republican

Newcomer Welintukonis is married with two step children and one child.  He is finishing a 19-year military career as a U.S. Army Sergeant, and his decorations include the Medal of Valor and the Purple Heart. Welintukonis is a trained and experienced paramedic, who served with distinction in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. He has FEMA training and disaster experience after working in hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Homeland security, Bradley Airport and Utah Winter Olympics training includes U.S. Leadership Schools, Paramedic School, Capital Community College, Army Instructor Course, Senior Medic, Senior Level Management. Welintukonis is a member of the VFW, American Legion, and Coventry Veterans Commission. During his career, he has been responsible for millions of dollars in government equipment and the safety of soldiers. Welintukonis believes that the Council should use a proactive and a common-sense approach to governing; consider the safety of children and citizens as a major priority; consider ideas and people based upon their merit not on party affiliations; focus on community needs and not on the personal agendas of others; and maintain accountability and strong oversight of town officials.

Hannah Pietrantonio - Democrat

Pietrantonio is a 29-year resident of Coventry and the mother of two children educated in Coventry Schools. She has been a Coventry Girl Scouts Troop Leader for 13 years, and a member of the Coventry Human Services Holiday Committee for 8 years. Pietrantonio has been a full-time para-educator in Coventry Grammar School for 15 years. She is a graduate of University of Hartford in Fine Arts.

Steve Hall – Democrat

Hall is currently secretary of the Town Council. A 24-year resident of Coventry, Hall is the father of two children educated in Coventry Schools. He is active in Coventry Youth Football, Coventry-Windham Tech, the Grid-Iron Club,  and other Coventry organizations. Active in environmental causes, he is a past member of the Sierra Club. Hall is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Connecticut, and works with youth in a foster care agency.

Joan Lewis - Democrat

Lewis is currently vice-chair of the Town Council. She was the chairperson of the Coventry Town Council for 15 years and has been a member for 19 years. She served as the chairperson for the Coventry Board of Education for 5 years, and as a member for 12 years. Lewis served for eight years as a state representative, filling the roles of Assistant Majority Whip and Assistant Majority Leader. She has been co-president of the Coventry Scholarship Foundation Trust since its founding, and served as the co-chairman of the Coventry 300th Anniversary Parade Committee. Lewis has also served as the secretary of the Coventry Agriculture Committee, Inc. Other membership includes: Coventry STEPS, Board of Corporators, Rockville Bank, the Coventry Historical Society and Board of Trustees for Connecticut Landmarks. JLewis is employed as an estate planning paralegal. A long-time Coventry resident, she has three children and three grandchildren.  She was the wife of the late Wesley Lewis.

Lisa Thomas - Democrat

Thomas currently serves as the chair of the Council's Steering Committee. She is an advisor for the Coventry Lake Environmental Action Network team, and a coach for the Coventry Future Problem Solving Program. A 25-year resident of Coventry, Thomas is the mother of two children educated in Coventry Schools, one a high school sophomore, the other a college freshman. She is a graduate of Vassar College and the UConn School of Law. She is currently a gifted education specialist in the Windsor Schools.

Elizabeth Woolf - Democrat

Woolf is currently the chair of the Town Council, and is an experienced four-term member of the Council. She serves as the chair of the Windham Council of Governments and is a member of the steering committee for the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding (CCJEF). A 15-year resident of Coventry, Woolf is a retired executive with 30 years of experience at the Hartford Financial Services Corporation. She is a graduate of the College of Wooster in Ohio, serves as an adult literacy volunteer, and has two daughters and two grandchildren.

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