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The Hour's Election 2011 Candidate Profiles

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Election 2011
 
C
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s
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Vinny Mangiacopra
Democrat
Job title and employer:
Public Affairs/ Business De- velopment Specialist
Education
: Masters Degree in Public Administration- City Management Concentration - University of New Haven; Bachelors of Science - Sacred Heart University;Graduate - Connecticut School of Broadcasting; Gradu-ate - Notre Dame Catholic High School - Faireld, CT"
Other political or community activities:
District DDemocratic Chairman; Norwalk Democratic Town Com-mittee Executive Member
List your three top issues to address if you were tobe elected.
1. Make an strong emphasis on bringing ourcommunities together.
Steve Papadakos
Republican
Job title and employer:
Real Estate Owner/BrokerPapadakos Realty 
 What sets you apart from other candidates?
Cur-rent incumbent Sheriff for the past two years and priorto that two 2 year terms as an elected Constable forthe City of Norwalk. As a small business owner I havethe flexibility to pass on work when needed to my realestate agents so I can be available to serve as City Sheriff whenever I am needed.
Family 
: Married to Mary Papadakos with two chil-dren: Dean, 10 years old, and Christina, 8 years old.
Education
: Attended J. M. Wright Technical HighSchool in Stamford and Private Studies in BusinessLaw and Banking in Sparti Greece. Along with my RealEstate University for my Broker’s licensing courses &exam. 2-year term as constable.
Elected office experience
: Current Sheriff of theCity of Norwalk.
Other political or community activities:
PriorChairman of Human Relations Commission for theCity of Norwalk. Prior Fair Housing Advisory Commis-sion for the City of Norwalk. Member of the RTC.Member of District C.
List your three top issues to address if you wereto be elected.
1) Public Safety. 2) Community Involve-ment. 3) The rights of all children and senior citizens.
C
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reasurer
Ralph DePanfilis
Republican
Profession
: Retired, USPS Postmaster
 What sets you apart from othercandidates?
I have been involved inNorwalk politics since my returnfrom the war. I was born in Norwalk and have devoted my life to improv-ing the community. I have been amember of my church, as well asmany other associations over the last60+ years.
Family:
7 children, 15 grandchil-dren and 2 great grandchildren. Son Anthony is Judge of Probate for Wilton and Norwalk.Ralph, Jr owns RL DePanlis and Company, an account-ing rm
Education:
Norwalk High School, Class of 1942, U.S.Merchant Marine Academy, Class of 1944
Elected office experience:
Treasurer for many years;Chairman, Second Taxing District Commission
Other political or community activities:
FormerChairman, Planning and Zoning, Former Secretary/Trea-surer of the Republican Town Committee. Current Mem-ber, Oak Hills Commission. Rotary Club since 1956,recipient of the Harris Award. Former President of theNorwalk Athletic Association, Former President of the St Ann's Club and also of the Insurance Agents Assoc.Served on the Executive Board of the Salvation Army;Italian American of the Year, Grand Marshall for 2011 Me-morial Day Parade. Served in WWII in the Merchant Ma-rine, chief mate, served in US Naval Reserve for 8 years
List your three top issues to address if you were tobe elected.
1. Keep Taxes Low 2. Fiscal Accountability 3. Support the mayor's efforts in all areas
Donna Iacovacci King
Democrat
Job title and employer:
Executive Assistant, Office of the State Treasurer
 What sets you apart from other candidates?
I haveserved in this capacity before and believe my experienceis an asset to the position. I have served as an Executive Assistant to the State Treasurer, working in the Cash Man-agement Division for the last 13 years. My responsibili-ties include working with Connecticut banks as well asour 169 municipalities.
Family 
: I'm a mother of two sons, born and educatedin the Norwalk Public Schools. I am proud to brag aboutmy ve beautiful granchildren. My two brothers and I were born and raised in Connecticut and choose to livehere raise our families here and contribute to our com-munities.
Education
: I am a graduate of Stamford Catholic HighSchool have attended Faield University and UConn forundergraduate studies.
Elected office experience:
I served three plus termson the Norwalk Common Council. I have served as City Treasurer for three terms and am currently serving my fourth term as a very active Justice of the Peace.
Other political or community activities
: I currently serve as an appointed member of the Maritime Author-ity. I serve with eight other bipartisan members. I am thecurrent chair and we oversee the Maritime Aquarium of Norwalk's bonded obligations to the City of Norwalk. Asa Justice of the Peace, I have the privilege of marryingcouples all over the State and consider myself a good am-bassador for the City of Norwalk.
List your three top issues to address if you were tobe elected
. My responsibilities will be to work with theFinance Department regarding any appropriate areasthat they deem necessary. It is my past experience thatthe Finance Director handles the day to day operations.
Election 2011: Candidate Profiles
Andy Garfunkel
Democrat
Job title and employer:
Town Clerk, City of Norwalk 
 What sets you apart from other can-didates?
e drive to help make Norwalk abetter place. Everyday I talk to con-stituents who voice their concernsabout their livelihood and the city welive in. As your Town Clerk for over ten years, I have had an open door policy and have made a commitment to lis-ten to and hear what's important to you, and I have made a commitmentto helping you.I am running for Mayor because I know I can moveNorwalk forward in the right direction. I will ensure thatour stalled development projects are brought back to life.I will expand our grand list and broaden our tax base soour residents have less of a burden. I will follow throughon every commitment I make as your Mayor. I'm the bestcandidate for the job because I know how to get thingsdone, and I will make sure they will get done."
 Website
: www.GarfunkelforMayor.com
Education
:- Norwalk High School- University of Bridgeport- eater Tech Major
Elected office experience:
I have been honored to serve the City of Norwalk astown clerk for the past ten years. It has been a privilegeto be re-elected by the citizens of our city for ve terms.During my tenure as Town Clerk I introduced and im-plemented technological improvements; established aprocess that increased access to all Land Records andmaps; and decreased the operating costs of the office.Under my leadership, the Norwalk Town Clerk’s Officeis revered as a model for the Offices of the Town Clerksthroughout the State of Connecticut as well as being aleading provider of Vital and Land Records.
Other political or community activities:
- Norwalk Democratic Town Committee- Member of the Norwalk Arts Commission- Norwalk Historical Society - Norwalk Exchange Club- Sons of Italy Micca Pietro Lodge #74
Former Member:
- Served as Wolfpit Elementary School PTO presidentfor four years- NEON Board- e Norwalk Human Relations Commission- Board of Trustees of the Norwalk Seaport Associa-tion- Norwalk YMCA Programs and Membership Com-mittee- Schools for the New Millennium Steering Committee- Board of Trustees of the Congregation Beth-El inNorwalk - Former mentor in the Norwalk Public Schools
List your three top issues to address if you were tobe elected:
- Education- Economic Development/Taxes- Public Safety 
Richard A. Moccia
Republican (Incumbent)
Job title and employer:
Mayor, City of Norwalk 
 What sets you apart from other can-didates?
Experience. In the ve years Ihave served as Mayor, I have workedhard to keep Norwalk on track andmoving forward in a positive direc-tion. I rst ran for Mayor with thepromise to listen and respond. Ihave done so. My administration lis-tens and we work for you. We have a vision for the future and we follow through on that vision by attackingproblems head-on everyday, and not just on ElectionDay."
 Website
: www.mocciaformayor.com
Family 
: Married to Barbara Moccia.Education- Stamford High School- Sacred Heart University – Legal Studies- Marywood College – Bachelor of Science Business Administration-Norwalk Community College - Liberal Arts
Elected office experience:
-Mayor - City of Norwalk, 2005 - Present- Former Common Council Member
Other political or community activities:
Current Member:- Norwalk Republican Town Committee- American Legion- Norwalk Exchange Club- Slant of Light eater Company - Board of Advisors- Maritime Aquarium Authority & Board of Trustees- Courage to Speak Advisory Board (drug preventionprogram)- Connecticut Conference of Municipalities- U.S. Conference of MayorsFormer Member:- Connecticut State Marshal- Member - City of Norwalk Common Council- Commissioner - City of Norwalk Fire Commission- Commissioner - City of Norwalk Fair Rent Commis-sion- Member - Mayor’s Redistricting Committee- City (of Norwalk) Sheriff - Constable, City of Norwalk - Member & Officer - Norwalk Sons’ of Italy, PietroMicca Lodge- Member - Connecticut Republicans, State CentralCommitteeFormer Chairman:- Norwalk Republican Town Committee (11 years)- Norwalk School Building Committee- Norwalk Charter Revision CommissionFormer President:- Norwalk Sons’ of Italy, Pietro Micca Lodge Veteran
:
U.S. Air Force
List your three top issues to address if you were tobe elected.
- Education- Public Safety - Economic Development / Taxes
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Election 2011: Candidate Profiles
 
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David Jaeger
Democrat
Job title and employer:
 Assistant Vice President, Fi-nancial Services Manager Peoples United Bank 
 What sets you apart from other candidates?
My pro-fessional background. My experi-ence as a Legislative Aide in Hartfordand as a Branch Manager of a Finan-cial Institution has given me theneccesary key learnings on how tomanage the Town Clerk role and Of-ce. e functions of my office andthe Town Clerk are very similar. Ilead by example, assist whereneeded and nd proactive solutionsto deliver to my customer base.
 Website
: www.jaeger4norwalk.com, www.facebook.com/.../David-Jaeger-Town-Clerk/100002535008415
Family 
: Allyson Jaeger (wife) Public School Teacher
Education
: Norwalk High School; Sacred Heart Uni- versity, B.S. Political Science & History Minor; University of New Haven, MBA
Elected office experience:
Common Council - Dis-trict A, 2009 - Present
Other political or community activities:
Norwalk Ex-change Club, Member; Sons of Italy, Pending Member;District A Democratic Committee, Member; Ambassa-dor, Greenwich Chamber of Commerce
 What are your top three issues if elected?
Review credit card processing contract and search for better -nancial solutions by negotiating a new processing rate,eliminating the “convenience fee” to use a card and in-troducing a simultaneous online processing system that will build a data base of users so we can make processingmore efficient. Exploring options to implement fee basedInternet access to land records that will allow member of public and business world to gain access to pertinent in-formation 24/7 and allow those same people more timeto manage their everyday lives. ird, With a backgroundof nancial services I understand how important smallbusiness is in driving our local community. Often timesthe local Town Clerk is the rst stop for entrepreneurs when they come to le a trade name certicate. In thesetough times these citizens need help! I will make it a pointto work with the Chamber of Commerce, Score and -nancial organizations to set up seminars and programsto provide support.
Richard "Rick" A. McQuaid
Republican
Job title and employer:
Intervention Specialist, Nor- walk Board of Education
 What sets you apart from other candidates?
ForNorwalk’s residents, the TownClerk’s office provides a vital numberof services and is also a place wheremany outsiders get their rst impres-sion of our City. Because I have alifetime of service to Norwalk’s fam-ilies, I have true insight into how tobest meet the needs of our diversecommunity. With my more than f-teen years of service on the CommonCouncil, I would bring to the TownClerk’s office a critical understand-ing of how to provide scally prudent upgrades that im-prove the effectiveness of the office for residents. In my  work as a Director of Camp Play and Learn, and as the di-rector of a family-centered before- and after-school pro-gram, I have demonstrated the ability to successfully leada diverse staff. Combining leadership in city government,management experience and a lifetime of dedicatedservice to our City, I am uniquely qualied to serve my hometown as our Town Clerk.
Family 
: I’ve truly been blessed with a family that sup-ports my work in giving back to our community. I’m theproud dad of ve amazing children. Amanda is a Seniorand Cassie is a Freshman at Southern Connecticut StateUniversity. Bryan is a Sophomore at UConn ( Storrs ). My two youngest, Morgan and Jaxson, are both students atNaramakeElementary School . My three older childrenare setting a great example for their little brother and sis-ter. My wife, Alice, is a local attorney. Her devotion to herclients and our family is inspiring.
Education
: I am a 1974 graduate of NorwalkHighSchool . As an employee of the Norwalk Public Schools,I regularly engage in professional development and havemany hours of training in bullying prevention, conictresolution and other areas needed for my work as an In-tervention Specialist.
Elected office experience:
Presently, I am the Com-mon Council President. I rst served on the Norwalk Common Council from 1993 to 2001; I returned to theCouncil in 2003 and have been re-elected ever since. elength of my service on the Common Council has givenme the opportunity to serve on most of our Committeesand to work closely in the oversight of our City’s depart-ments. By seeing rst-hand how effective and efficientCity departments can best serve the community, I havethe critical skills needed to promote the continued suc-cess of the Town Clerk’s office. I would bring to the TownClerk’s office a true understanding of how to provide s-cally prudent upgrades that improve the effectiveness of the office for residents. Because I was raised in Norwalk , and have been active in our community since I was ateenager, I have been able to bring a unique perspectiveto serving the needs of all our citizens. As a member, andthen Chairperson, of the Recreation & Parks Committee,I have worked to improve the public spaces in all neigh-borhoods throughout Norwalk. I have served on thecommittees which oversaw some tremendous, andmuch-needed, construction projects in Norwalk —fromthe expansion of Naramake and renovation of Brook-sideElementary School to the improvements to the Nor- walk High School athletic elds, I have been honored tocontribute to projects which have helped our students.
Other political or community activities:
I am a Jus-tice of the Peace and regularly perform many weddingsfor Norwalk residents. I am also active as a softball and volleyball referee and Norwalk Little League T-Ball coach. With two children at Naramake Elementary School , I aminvolved in their school’s Parent Teacher Organization. Ihave served on the Boards of Directors for several localcharities that perform vital services to our fellow citizens(including the board of N.E.O.N., Inc.)and annually vol-unteer at e Oyster Festival. I also serve as a Trustee of the Norwalk Seaport Association, a member of the Exec-utive Board of the Friends of Cranbury Park and as acommissioner on the Maritime Authority.
List your three top issues to address if you were tobe elected.
1. I am committed to making sure that the TownClerk’s office reects the values and spirit of our incred-ible City.2. We must maintain the Town Clerk’s office as theplace where all citizens know that they will be treatedcourteously and professionally. is means keeping pol-itics out of the office and empowering the professionalstaff to continue working collaboratively.3. I will carefully examine the areas of change that aremost critical to our citizens (such as making maps avail-able on-line), being attentive to the costs of those im-provements.
Peter Bondi
 A Better Choice
Job title and employer:
Owner/Manager - Bondi Re-alty Group
 What sets you apart from other candidates?
I have26 years in businessmanagement,ownership and cus-tomer service. I have worked withNorwalk's Finance Department onCity budgets and followed the Mu-nicipal Charter as Chairman of theHistorical Commission. As a RealtorI am knowledgeable with statestatutes,federal regulations and landtitle requirements pertaining to realestate transactions.I have experience with document preservation throughmy work with the Norwalk Museum. I have also worked with the Town Clerk and Registrar of Voters during Elec-tion Day. My proven leadership skills and total commit-ment to organizations such as e Norwalk Seaport,Norwalk Arts Commission,Celebrate thePast,Habitat for Humanity and e Norwalk HistoricalCommission have shown that I carry on my family tradi-tion of volunteering and involvement in the community.
Family 
: Married to Betty Bondi for 20 years; Two chil-dren - Guy and Michael; Daughter In Law - Melissa;Granddaughter - Mia
Education
: Graduated Norwalk High School; Norwalk Community College for business courses; Chamber of Commerce Small Business certication; Continuing RealEstate education - ongoing
Elected office experience:
ree term Constable;Common Council candidate
Other political or community activities:
Chairmanof the Norwalk Historical Commission; Chairman of theSheffield Island Lighthouse Restoration project; Volun-teer for the Sheffield Island Lighthouse; Chairman of theNorwalk Seaport's Oyster Festival Operations Commit-tee; Chairman of Celebrate the Past; Board member forHabitat for Humanity; Norwalk Arts Commission volun-teer
List your three top issues to address if you were tobe elected.
Make the office as efficient as possible while servingthe public.Review the City budget for cost reduction measures toensure saving the taxpayers money.Introduce new technology making documents, deeds,mortgages and plat information available through the in-ternet.

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