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Election 2019 | Candidate Bios & Profiles

Town of Orange, CT 2019 Election Candidate Profiles

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The profile for Polly Demirjian was inadvertently omitted from the listing of Democratic candidates for the Amity Board of Education in the November 1st issue. We apologize to Polly for this unfortunate oversight.

Gail Chotiner

Gail Chotiner is running for the Amity Board of Education. She has been a social worker for more than 35 years and also worked for the State of Connecticut at the Connecticut Mental Health Center for 23 years. She has been in private practice, in Orange, for 11 years and is married with two adult …

Edina Oestreicher

Edina has been an Orange resident for 18 years where she and her husband, David, have raised their two daughters through the Amity School System.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s Degree from the University of Bridgeport.  Edina has more than 25 years of experience as an administrator …

Shannan Carlson

B.S. University of Rhode Island M.A. in teaching, Quinnipiac College Advanced Graduate Studies, SCSU Principal, East Shore Middle School Former Milford Assistant Principal and Teacher “Bringing my experiences as a teacher and school administrator to the Amity Board, I have worked to ensure that all Amity students receive the highest quality education. Children must be …

Susan Riccio

Susan Riccio is passionate about the Orange School System and education as a whole. She is dedicated to fiscal responsibility and is currently on the Orange Board of Education as an Executive Board Member and Finance Chair since February 2013. She is also the Chief Fiscal Officer for ACES, as well as a Governing Board …

Paul Davis

Paul Davis has spent his lifetime working with and supporting young people. He taught science on the middle and high school levels in West Haven for thirty-four years. Coached swimming for forty years including twenty-seven at Amity High and was the founder and head coach of the Orange Program (Otters) when the pool was opened …

Judy Smith

Elected Vice Chairman of Planning and Zoning Commission, January 2006 to Present MBA in restaurant & hotel management University of New Haven B.S. in marketing – University of Connecticut General Manager Orange Hills Country Club Instructor – University of New Haven, 1986-1988 Member of the Orange Town Planning and Zoning Board: 1995, 1999, 2003, 2011-2019 …

Christopher Browe

B.S. in microbiology, University of Florida MBA in marketing, University of New Haven Director in Clinical Operations at Boehringer Ingelheim “As an Amity Dad and ABOE Chairman, I will continue to support Amity School’s excellence, remaining attentive to student needs and our shared community priorities. Whether in the classroom, on the athletic field, or on …

Kenneth Vitelli

B.S. in accounting, Quinnipiac University MBA and M.S. in computer and information science, University of New Haven Certified Program Management Professional Adjunct Professor, Business Information Systems Mentorship for engineering, business and information technology students. “As a candidate for the Orange Board of Education, I am focused on educational excellence. We moved our family to Orange …

Elliot Dubin

My name is Elliot Dubin and I am running for the Orange Board of Finance as a Democrat. I am an attorney licensed both in Connecticut and Illinois. Prior to practicing law in Connecticut, I was on the fulltime faculty at the University of North Texas where my primary teaching responsibilities were in Law, Management, …

Betty Hadlock

Betty Hadlock, candidate for re-election to the Orange Board of Education, is a retired elementary school teacher. Betty has lived in Orange since 1981 with her husband, Kevin. Their four children all attended Turkey Hill School and graduated from Amity Junior and Senior High Schools. Betty received a BS and MS in Education from Southern …

Mitch Goldblatt

I’m asking for your vote so that I may serve a fourteenth consecutive term on the Orange Board of Selectmen, including three terms as First Selectman. I enjoy representing our town and making Orange a better community for all our residents and businesses. In addition to being elected as both a Selectman and First Selectman, …

Ken Ziman

B.S. in marketing, University of Bridgeport M.S. in education, University of Bridgeport 8th Year in Education, Classroom Teacher Specialist, Southern Connecticut State University Elementary School Teacher K– Grade 6 Bridgeport CT 36 Years Former Member NEASC Evaluation Team Ken Ziman is a 35 year resident of Orange. Ken and his wife Pat are parents of …

Patty C. Post

Patty C. Post and her family have been residents of Orange for 20 years. Patty has a PhD in molecular biology from the University of Pittsburgh and retired as a Professor of Biology in May of this year from Albertus Magnus College. Her husband, Albert Post, is a scientist at Unilever and treasurer of the …

George Howard

Amity Graduate B.A. Yale University MBA, Purdue University Krannert School of Management Amity Regional Board of Education, Curriculum and Policy Committees George and his wife Kathrin have three daughters –who have attended Amity Regional High School. “The Holy Infant, Orange and Amity communities have always provided a solid foundation for me and my family. I …

Jim Zeoli

I have been honored to serve as your First Selectman and remain committed to smart development, excellent education and improving our town’s quality of life. My efforts to bring major business development to Orange has enabled us to achieve many improvements in our town. Among them are pool area upgrades, a High Plains south wing …

John Carangelo

Orange Board of Selectmen – 8 years B.A. Syracuse University J.D. Quinnipiac College School of Law Attorney John Carangelo is the former Judge of Probate for the District of Orange (1998-2010). “As a member of the Board of Selectmen I will continue my efforts to keep taxes under control for our residents, and continue to …

Paul Kaplan

Paul Kaplan, running for re-election on the Town Plan and Zoning Commission, is a former five-year member of the Zoning Board of Appeals and a current Attorney at Law in the Real Estate and General Commercial Space. He is a part-time Professor of Real Estate at Norwalk Community College. He completed his undergraduate studies at …

Margaret Novicki

Margaret has been active in Orange politics since retiring from a long career with the United Nations. She was the Democratic candidate for First Selectman in 2017 and is a member of the Orange Democratic Town Committee. She worked on Governor Ned Lamont’s primary campaign and with FightBackCT in the 2018 local and state elections. …

Jody Dietch

Jody Dietch accepted the nomination for the Democratic Candidate for First Selectman for the Town of Orange in July.  Dietch is currently the chair of the Orange Democratic Town Committee and has been a lifelong resident in town.  She has been educated through Race Brook School, Amity Junior High, as it was known when she …

William Kraut

Chairman, Orange Board of Education B.S. University of Rhode Island Business Owner of Newport Tennis, Inc. Active member of Turkey Hill School PTA Bill and Phyllis Kraut live in Orange with their daughter Michaela. “As a father of an Orange school student and as a board member, my number one priority is to provide a …

Kevin Moffett

Kevin Moffett is seeking re-election to the Board of Finance, a position he has held for the past 16 years. He is a former member of the Parks and Recreation Commission, a former Town Constable, a former coach and secretary with the Orange Little League, as well as the President and a former coach of …

Polly Demirjian

Polly has been an Orange resident for over 23 years. She has raised three children, all Amity graduates, with her husband Jonathan, to whom she has been married for 29 years. She is a practicing attorney In New Haven, specializing in workers’ compensation defense. She is a graduate of Western New England University (B.A. Government, …

Judy Wright Williams

Board of Selectmen – 12 years Graduate, Orange and Amity School Systems B.S. Degree, SCSU M.S. in special education, SCSU Teacher 33 years in the Orange School System Human Service & Historic District Commissions “My special interests in serving on the Board of Selectmen are to promote educational excellence in our schools and to preserve …

Jim Leahy

B.A. in mathematics, Bates College MBA, Harvard Business School Orange Board of Finance, 2005 – present Vice Chairman – Orange Board of Finance, 2009-2019 Amity Finance Committee, 2005 – 2009 Orange man of the year Award, 2000 Served on Army, US Government, Sikorsky Leadership Team: OMEGA project and ICE project Jim brings over 35 years …

Ralph Aschettino

B. S. in civil engineering, University of New Haven Professional structural engineer with over 25 years experience – licensed in 9 states. Owner of structural engineering firm, Aschettino Associates. Served on: Town Planning and Zoning Orange Board of Selectmen Building Committee HPCC Renovations Amity Regional Schools Building Committee Orange Building Board of Appeal Member, American …

Angela McNabola

Angela McNabola, who is running for the Board of Selectmen, has a diverse skill set that makes her an excellent candidate for this seat. As a College Adjunct professor and mother of two, she fully understands the power and importance of a strong education system beginning with Pre-K and kindergarten through high school. She has …

Santo Galatioto, Jr.

I have been an elected Town Constable since 2009 to the present. I am currently a member of the Orange Foundation Scholarship Committee, the Legal Studies Advisory Board at Quinnipiac University, and a Justice of the Peace. I would like to be elected to the Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission to help Orange grow …

Amy Esposito

My name is Amy Esposito, a seasoned marketing communications professional currently employed at Assa Abloy in New Haven, running for re-election on the Amity Board of Education. I have been an Orange resident for 20 years and have 2 children that have gone through the Orange and Amity school districts. My children have been active …

Ralph Okenquist

Board of Selectmen – 18 years Orange resident over 42 years B.S. Fairfield University, MBA University of New Haven Fred Wolfe Park Committee 1995-98 Park & Rec Commission 9 years, 5 years as Chairman Capital Planning Committee Chairman Allied Signal – Manager, Advanced Business Program Planning Chandler Evans – Senior Program Administrator “As a selectman, …

Dr. Lubna Pal

Dr. Lubna Pal has been a resident in Orange for more than 20 years. She is a professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the Yale School of Medicine and is a proud Pakistani-American. She received both her undergraduate and medical education in Pakistan and completed her postgraduate and specialist training in the United …

John Belfonti

Chairman – Amity Finance Committee B.S. in mechanical engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute MBA in finance, Fairfield University President, Environmental Engineering, Inc. CT Registered Professional Engineer John graduated Amity H.S. and he and his wife have 3 children attending Amity and Orange schools. “I will continue to work hard on the ABOE and as Chairman of …

Jared Millbrandt

My name is Jared Millbrandt and I am running for Orange BOE. My wife, Rosanna, and I have lived in Orange for three years and have two young children who will be heading to school in the next few years. I received my BA in History from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY in 2006. I …

Kevin Houlihan

B.S. in accounting, University of Rhode Island Certified Public Accountant Chairman Board of Finance since 2009 Board of Finance Member since 1999 Orange Capital Planning Committee American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accounts Served on Amity Finance Committee “It has been my privilege to serve on the Board of Finance …

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