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Trumbull Democrats Nominate Tesoro For Post Of First Selectman

Vicki Tesoro is congratulated after she was nominated as the Democratic candidate for Trumbull First Selectman.
Vicki Tesoro is congratulated after she was nominated as the Democratic candidate for Trumbull First Selectman. Photo Credit: Contributed

TRUMBULL, Conn. — Vicki Tesoro, a member of the Board of Finance and a longtime town volunteer, was unanimously nominated to run for first selectman as the Trumbull Democratic Town Committee held its nominating convention Sunday, July 23.

Tesoro has served Trumbull for decades: She was elected twice to the Town Council, where she served as minority leader.

“I am honored by the confidence expressed by my fellow Democrats," she said. "I am proud of the outstanding citizens who will join me in running in November. Our slate of candidates truly represents Trumbull. Democrats, unaffiliated voters, and former Republican leaders are joined in our mission to make Trumbull even better and return civility to our community.”

Tesoro is an income tax professional, with a master's in tax. She has lived in Trumbull for 26 years with her husband, Tom, and their two daughters.

She is a founding member of the Trumbull Partnership Against Underage Drinking and Drugs and has served as Trumbull PTSA Council president and as an advisory board member of the Academic Challenge for Excellence. She is a former member of the Board of Education Policy Advisory Committee, and past PTA President of Tashua School, Madison Middle School and Trumbull High School.

She developed the Underage Drinking and Drug Forum at Trumbull High in 2006, a program that has received accolades across the state and is a model for similar programs.

Town Treasurer Anthony Musto, a former Connecticut state senator, was unanimously nominated to run for re-election as treasurer. In 2015, he was the only Democrat elected to an executive position in town government.

Musto is a local attorney with a bachelor's degree in accounting. He is a 17-year Trumbull resident with a history of volunteerism for the town.

He has worked on the Trumbull Land Acquisition Committee, Pension Board, Capital Improvements Committee and was a member of the Town Council of Trumbull.

Returning to public service, Mary Markham, former Trumbull Recreation Department director for 19 years and assistant registrar of voters for seven years, was nominated to run for town clerk.

A lifelong resident of Trumbull, she was on the executive board of Middlebrook PTA, an adviser for Saint Theresa Youth Council, treasurer for Trumbull Democratic Federated Woman's Club, treasurer of Trumbull Democratic Town Committee for 10 years, and Democratic State Central Committeewoman for the 22nd State Senatorial District since 2005.

Markham raised her three children in town, and her six grandchildren are now growing up in Trumbull.

“We are proud of the slate of candidates we have put forward. Our town needs to rebuild the sense of community that has slowly but significantly, eroded over the past eight years," said Tom Kelly. "We need to have discussions, and even disagreements, in a transparent way, in full view of the public without acrimony or fighting.”

Over 30 town residents put their names forward to run with the Democratic Party. Here are the nominated Democratic candidates:

  • First Selectman: Vicki Tesoro
  • Treasurer: Anthony Musto, Incumbent
  • Town Clerk: Mary Markham
  • Board of Education: Lucinda Timpanelli and Mike Ward, Incumbents
  • Board of Education: Kathleen Fearon, Julia McNamee, Mike Miller
  • Board of Finance: Marty Isaac and Lainie McHugh
  • Board of Finance: Andy Palo Incumbent
  • Town Council:
  • District 1: Dawn Cantafio and Bill Mecca, Incumbents
  • District 1: Joseph Gerics and Scot Kerr
  • District 2: Kevin Shively and Keith Klain
  • District 2: Mary Beth Thornton and Thomas Whitmoyer, Incumbents
  • District 3 Cindy Katske, Michael Barker and Eric Paulson
  • District 3 Jason Marsh, Incumbent
  • District 4 Lisa Valenti, Incumbent
  • District 4 Scott Wich, Ashley Gaudiano, Emilio Annunziato and Bruce Elstein
  • Planning and Zoning (2017): Tony Silber
  • Planning and Zoning (2018) :Tony D'Aquila
  • Zoning Board of Appeals (2017): Matt Reale
  • Zoning Board of Appeals (2018): Cathy Creager
  • Board of Assessment Appeals: Tim Cantafio, Incumbent
  • Constables: Raymond Baldwin, Incumbent
  • Constables: David Kayne

The keynote speaker for the night was Dan Drew, three-time mayor of Middletown and candidate for governor. “Vicki, Anthony and Mary will bring better, more civil, more responsible leadership to Trumbull, and I look forward to coming back to help them knock doors in the months ahead," he said.

The townwide election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 7. For more information on Vicki Tesoro and all the candidates, or to volunteer with campaigns, visit VickiforTrumbull.com or call the Trumbull Democratic Headquarters at 203-895-1486.

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