Meet the candidates running for Town Council
By Joan Hunt - ReminderNews Editor
Windsor - posted Thu., Oct. 24, 2013
John Gamache (R) is a manager of manufacturing with a bachelor’s degree in business studies and more than 30 years experience working for local companies.
William Herzfeld (D) is a self-employed metal artist and works in the facilities department at Berkshire Bank. He is a graduate of Bloomfield High School and Hartford Community College. A current member of the Windsor Town Council since 2005, he has also served on the town’s BOE. He is also a member and secretary of WTEA, a pro-education community action group.
James Govoni (R) is a municipal forester and tree warden with 32 years experience with the Town of Windsor. A WHS graduate with an associates degree, he is a lifelong Windsor resident. Recipient of the Fred Borman Outstanding Urban Forestry Professional Award and a public speaker, Govoni is also a member of the State Vegetative Management Task Force. “I am a strong believer in community involvement. I want to represent all citizens of Windsor...I feel there is a lock of communication, accountability and visibility,” he said. “I feel it is important to listen to the citizens of our town and also keep them informed.”
Randy McKenney (D) is a retired state employee currently serving on the Windsor Town Council. Before that, he served on the Commission on Aging and Persons with Disabilities. During his 34 years of employment with the CT Dept. of Social Services, he managed a variety of regional programs including financial, medical, food stamps and child support. He was twice awarded the Governors Service Award for community outreach.
Donald Jepsen (R) is an IT Consultant. He has a BSEE and BSCS from Washington University in St. Louis. Jepsen has been an elected member of the Windsor Town Council for the past 12 years.
Donald Trinks (D) has served as Windsor’s mayor for the past 12 years and was a member of the Town Council for six years before that. Owner and manager of Bart’s Drive In, he is also seven-time Shad Derby chairman, past president of the CASAC Board of Directors, a member of the Riverfront Recapture BOD, the Capital Region Council of Governments and the Bradley Airport Community Advisory Board. He is a lifelong resident.
Nathan Scharoff (R) has also been endorsed by the Independent Party. He is an attorney and investment analyst with a bachelor’s in history from Liberty University, an MBA from Western New England University College of Business and his JD from Western New England University School of Law. He said he brings a strong operational and management skill set and is experienced in issue resolution, communications, law and finance.
Jody Terranova (D) is a pediatrician with a bachelor’s in biochemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a DO from Midwestern University-Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. She was elected to the Windsor Town Council in 2011. She is co-founder of the Windsor Dog Park, previous co-chair of the Windsor Youth Commission and a volunteer for multiple community activities. Terranova is also co-chair of the Ambulatory Pediatrics and Continuity Clinic Committee at CT Children’s Medical Center/University of CT Pediatric Residency program and serves on several medical boards.
Kenny Wilkos (R) is a senior specialty representative for Abbvie Pharmaceutical. He has a bachelor’s in business administration from Southern New Hampshire University and has served on the Windsor Tax Assessment Appeals Board and the Windsor Land Trust. He also volunteers with community events including Shad Derby and Nightmare on Broad Street. “We will listen to the residents and be responsible in spending for the next generation,” he said.
Alan Simon (D) has been an elected member of the Town Council since 1999, and its deputy mayor since 2007. “After 14 years on the Windsor Town Council, I still have the passion and energy to work on the important issues in our town,” he said. He believes these issues include investing in public facilities, improving public education by focusing on early childhood education, economic development that benefits more of the community and ensuring Windsor is inclusive of all who live here.
Rickey Kendall (I) graduated from Hartford Public High School and has a bachelor’s degree in human services from Springfield College. He worked for 20 years for the CT Student Loan Foundation and has assisted many individuals in furthering their education. He said he is a good listener and works well with all kinds of people. and he will lead open discussions to solve problems.
Stephen McKay (I) was born in Turkey, grew up in Connecticut and graduated from Harvard H. Ellis Regional Vocational Technical High School, where he focused on architectural drafting. He studied at Quinebaug Valley Community College, at ECSU and at UConn. Following 13 years in the CT Air National Guard as an aircraft weapons systems specialist and public relations specialist, he has also held positions in the non-profit arena, including Summerwind Performing Arts Center and The Little Theatre of Manchester. He and his wife Terese are owners of Euphoria Event Solutions. He said he wants to get the most bang for the taxpayers’ buck.
John Dunn (I) grew up in Vernon and graduated from Rockville High School. He has a bachelor’s in economics from UConn, took post graduate courses in accounting and enjoyed a career as a retail merchandise manager and buyer for Ames Department Stores. He is a second term president of the Greater Hartford Chapter of Mended Hearts, Inc., a support group for people who have experienced heart events. He is an accredited visitor to patients at Hartford Hospital and serves on the scholarship committee for fundraising at St. Joseph’s Church in Poquonock. A longstanding Windsor resident, Dunn said he would like to motivate citizens to participate in town government.
Lisa Marie Boccia (I) is a current member of the Town Council. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Trinity College and has an MBA with specialization in accounting. She is past chair of the Windsor Human Relations commission, treasurer of the Windsor Community Service Council and Windsor C.A.R.E.S., and volunteers with the Windsor Food Bank, adult literacy, the Windsor Senior Center and more. She said she believes government should be transparent, accountable and responsive.