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Election 2021 | Candidate Bios & Profiles

Town of Orange, CT 2021 Election Candidate Profiles

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Mitch Goldblatt

Mitch Goldblatt has served as an elected official in the Town of Orange for over 40 years. His love for serving his community has spanned the positions of Constable, Town Plan and Zoning Commission, Board of Selectmen and First Selectman. Now seeking his 15th term as a member of the Board of Selectmen, Mitch is …

Mary Shaw

B.S. Industrial Technology, CCSU M.S. Counseling in Higher Education, SCSU Administrative Assistant to the  First Selectman, Town of Orange 2012-2019 Orange Board of Education – Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent 2019 – present Mary’s extensive experience working closely with all of Orange’s municipal offices makes her uniquely qualified to serve as your Town Clerk. “As …

Craig Lennon

Craig Lennon and his wife have two sons in the Amity/Orange school system. He is the Dean of Students at the University of Bridgeport. Craig earned his BA at Stonehill College and MS at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has served on the Junior Achievement Bridgeport Community Board since 2018 and has served as a …

Liz Tremper

Liz Tremper is a teacher in Hamden Public Schools K-8, as well as the point person for Leadership and Community Engagement, and the Hamden Education Association Union Representative, Human Relations Club Advisor, Diversity and Inclusion Grant Recipient, Rainbow Library Founder, Volunteer Tutor, and a PTA Member. Liz holds a 6th Year Diploma, Educational Leadership, SCSU; …

Carla Eichler

Carla is a lifelong Orange resident, Amity graduate, and been a member of the Amity Board of Education since 2017.  Carla earned a Master of Art Education at SCSU and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UConn.  On the Amity Board of Education, she served on the Policy, Facilities and Curriculum Committees.  Carla now chairs …

Sean Hartshorn

Assistant Director of Public Affairs, SCSU M.F.A. in Writing, Vermont College of Fine Arts B.S. in Journalism, Ithaca College Co-Corresponding Secretary Race Brook Elementary School PTA “As a member of the Amity Board of Education I will support traditional academic education which is vital. Training in the trades is also an important alternative that I …

Kevin Cornell

Planning and Zoning Commission member  B.E. Mechanical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology J. D. University of Bridgeport School of Law, (Now Quinnipiac College School of Law) Professional Certification: Professional Engineer, New York State Kevin is a Real Estate Development professional with over 30 years of experience in all facets of commercial and residential real estate …

Jared Millbrandt

Jared Millbrandt is a Criminal Defense Attorney and Public Defender, State of Connecticut. He earned a JD, Western New England University School of Law and a BA, History, Nazareth College. Jared is a member of the Orange Soccer Association and the Orange Democratic Town Committee serving as its Nominating Committee chair. Jared is married with …

Kevin McNabola

Kevin looks forward to bringing a unique skillset of 19 years corporate and over 10 years of municipal Finance experience to the Board of Finance.  Kevin is currently the Chief Financial Officer in the City of Meriden.  He also worked as a Senior Finance Executive for both Bayer Pharmaceutical and General Electric before becoming the …

Ronnette Pompano James

B.S. in Elementary Education, SCSU  M.S. in Reading, SCSU Certified Elementary School Teacher/Reading Specialist President of Peck Place School PTO from 2016-2021 “My husband and I moved to Orange 16 years ago, attracted by its close knit community and top notch school system.  I wanted our children to receive the highest quality public education possible.” …

Carmen Ana Rodriguez

Carmen Ana Rodriguez, has lived in Orange for more than 29 years and is the proud parent of two adult children both graduates from Amity High School. She is a veteran educator with more than 37 years of experience in New Haven Public Schools where she served the families and their children with passion and …

Jeffrey Cap

Vice-Chair, Board of Education Chief Information Officer, Newman Architects Former Technology Teacher Boy Scout Leader & Trainer Knights of Columbus Member (Third Degree) Jeff has served as a community volunteer for many organizations in Orange including the Orange Country Fair, Holy Infant Church, and Website Administrator for various non-profit groups “It is important for children …

John Carangelo

Orange Board of Selectmen – 6 years B.A. Syracuse University J.D. Quinnipiac College School of Law Former Judge of Probate for Orange Practicing attorney with over 22 years of legal experience John Carangelo has been a lifelong resident of Orange and resides with his wife Kathrine and his sons Michael and Joey. “As a member …

Patricia (Patty) Post

Patty Compagnone-Post is a retired Professor of Biology, Albertus Magnus College.  She managed a $650,000 National Science Foundation grant, was a finalist for the CT Technology Council’s Women of Innovation Award, a mentor with the Amity High School Science Research Program, and for the Senior Service Learning Program. Patty holds a PhD, Biochemistry from University …

Rosanna Cappetta

My name is Rosanna Cappetta, and I am running for Board of Selectman. I was raised in Orange, and I attended Turkey Hill School, Amity Middle School and Amity High School. My husband, Jared Millbrandt (running for BOE), and I have two young children. We are looking forward to raising them in this great town …

Tom Hurley

B.S. Michigan State University  M.S. Economics, Wayne State University PMI—Project Management APBM, Certified Business Manager USAF Veteran (Captain)  Senior Vice-Commander American Legion Tom Hurley has been dedicated to the people of Orange for over 20 years. As a member of the Amity Board of Education for over 13 years, Tom served as Chairman, Vice Chairman, …

PJ Shanley

For PJ Shanley, serving on the Board of Finance for the past 8 years has been an honor and a privilege. He has a background in corporate finance and 20+ years of experience as a financial advisor. He is a fiscally conservative Democrat, who has worked hard to help implement budgets that make sense for …

Mike Muttitt

Mike Muttitt was raised in Orange.  He serves as President of the Interservice Clubs Committee of New Haven (Camp Cedarcrest), is a member of the Orange Government Access Television (OGAT), and New Haven Kiwanis.  Mike served as a student member on OGAT and camera person. A graduate of Amity, Mike has a BS, Information Technology …

Patricia Romano

Pat Sanders Romano has been an Orange Board of Finance Member since 2015.  A skilled executive in financial and personnel management, complemented by her experience at all levels of government, she provides Orange a fresh, practical, and community-focused perspective in fiscal control and budget development. Pat relocated to Orange in 2011 from Rye Brook (NY) …

Ajeet Jain

Associate Professor of Finance, Central Connecticut State University Former Director of the MBA program, Alabama A&M University Ph.D. in Finance, Florida International University MBA from Alabama A&M University B.S. University of Delhi Drs. Ajeet and Preti Jain, and their daughter, Simran are proud residents of Orange. “As an Associate Professor of Finance at Central Connecticut …

Ralph Okenquist

B.S. Fairfield University M.B.A. University of New Haven Fred Wolfe Park Committee 1995-98 Park & Rec Commission 9 years, 5 years as Chairman Capital Planning Committee Chair Allied Signal – Manager Advanced Business Program Planning Chandler Evans – Senior Program Administrator “As a selectman, I will continue utilizing my business, management, municipal, and capital planning …

Christina Levere D’Addio

Assistant Director of Public Affairs, SCSU M.F.A. in Writing, Vermont College of Fine Arts B.S. in Journalism, Ithaca College Co-Corresponding Secretary Race Brook Elementary School PTA “As the parent of three school-aged children in both the Orange and Amity school systems, I have a personal interest in preserving and enhancing the quality of our top-rated …

Tatiana Messina Mullen

B.A. Villanova University  J.D. New York Law School  Senior Assistant State’s Attorney CT State Division of Criminal Justice – 15 years Tatiana grew up in Orange and is a product of the excellent Orange school system.  After continuing her education and starting her own family, she moved back to Orange, where she lives with her …

Mark Moyher

Mark Moyher will bring 35+ years of experience in the financial industry to the role of Tax Collector. His extensive knowledge of financial software systems and compliance requirements has helped him earn several industry licenses. Currently Vice President and Head Trader for Wright Investors’ Service, Mark’s decades with the company have included implementing systems for …

Joseph Nuzzo

B.S. Business Administration/Management, Southern Connecticut State University M.B.A. Degree in Finance, University of New Haven Twenty Years in Commercial Banking  Business Owner Commercial Finance Joe’s community service includes Orange Soccer Association youth soccer coach, Orange Little League baseball coach, current Board Member of the Amity Club, a civic and philanthropic organization in New Haven, and …

Ozzie Parente

Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman B.A. Villanova University J. D. University of Bridgeport School of Law, (Now Quinnipiac College School of Law) Ozzie is an attorney focusing in the areas of real estate law, corporate finance, commercial law and contracting. Ozzie is a member of the New Haven County, Connecticut and American Bar Associations. He …

Dan Fitzmaurice

Dan was born and raised in Milford and, after a few years living on the west coast, relocated to Orange with his young family in 2014.  He supports local artists and cultural organizations as Executive Director at the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, loves hiking at Racebrook Tract, and is always willing to meet …

Margaret Novicki

Margaret Novicki has an extensive background in public service and communications over a 30-year career. She has been active in Orange politics since her retirement from the United Nations.  She was elected to a two-year term on the Board of Selectmen in 2019 and also ran for First Selectman in 2017.  As Selectman, she serves …

Charles Flynn IV

Why am I running for the Orange Board of Selectmen? I believe the business of Orange is education, which must once again become our Town’s Priority. No matter your ethnicity, religion, age or background I have heard from you loud and clear: it is far past time that prioritizing education return to Orange. Currently, I …

Judy Wright Williams

Board of Selectmen – 10 years B.S. Southern Connecticut State University M.S. Special Education Southern Connecticut State University Graduate of the Orange and Amity School Systems Teacher 33 years, Orange School System Human Service Commission Historic District Commission Orange Cemetery Association “My special interests in serving on the Board of Selectmen are to promote educational …

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