Trumbull Republicans pick candidates

Above: Treasurer John Ponzio, First Selectman Tim Herbst and Town Clerk Suzanne Burr Monaco were endorsed by the RTC Tuesday night.

The Trumbull Republican Town Committee held a meeting Tuesday at the Tashua Knolls restaurant to nominate and vote on a slate of candidates for the November elections.

Town Council (incumbents’ names are starred)

District One: *Suzanne Testani, *David Pia

District Two: *Jane Deyoe, Jeff Donofrio

District Three: James Blose, *Jeffrey Jenkins

District Four: *Debra Lamberti, *Kristy Waizinger

District Five: *Ann Marie Evangelista, Mark LeClair

District Six: *Carl Massaro, Jr., *Michael London

District Seven: *Tony Scinto, *Chad Ciocci

Noteworthy: Town Council member Rob Pescatore, who represents District Two, was not nominated for another term. Mark LeClair is a professor of economics at Fairfield University.


*James Batistelli, Victor Piolo

Zoning Board of Appeals

*Carl Scarpelli, Jr.

Planning & Zoning

*Anthony Chory

Noteworthy: Anthony Chory’s term ends next year.

Board of Education

Term 12/05/11 to 12/05/15: *Deborah Herbst, *Loretta Chory, Doug Wentz

Term 12/05/11 to 12/05/13: Cindy Penkoff

Noteworthy: Deborah Herbst recently retired as principal of Pumpkin Delight School in Milford.

Board of Finance

*Elaine Hammers, *Paul Lavoie, David Rutigliano

Noteworthy: Elaine Hammers and Paul Lavoie were appointed to the Board of Finance by first selectman Tim Herbst. David Rutigliano owns the Southport Brewing Company chain.

Town Clerk

*Suzanne Burr Monaco


*John Ponzio

First Selectman

*Timothy Herbt

Noteworthy: In an video shown at the meeting, St. Joseph High School basketball coach and lifelong Democrat Vito Montelli endorsed Tim Herbst. “I’m not sure what was a bigger challenge for Vito – supporting a Republican or supporting a guy who went to Trumbull High School,” Herbst joked in his acceptance speech. Herbst listed several accomplishments of his first term, including identifying $1 million of operational savings in his first 100 days of office, overseeing an average tax increase below the rate of inflation, and realizing a surplus of $1.6 million in the budget process this year.

Stamford mayor Michael Pavia, pictured here with Danielle Pannese, delivered the keynote address at the meeting.

Vinti Singh