Norwich Local - Board of Education

Candidates For The City Council and Board of Ed Unveiled


Last week, the Norwich Democratic Town Committee and Norwich Republican Town Committee unveiled their respective candidates for the City Council and the Board of Education in Norwich. Notably, candidates in Norwich are elected at-large, meaning all residents participate in voting for all candidates.

On the City Council side, the Democratic endorsement list comprises incumbent members Tracey Burto, Swaranjit Singh, and Joe DeLucia, along with Mark Bettencourt, Shiela Hayes, and Robert Aldi, the current Chair of the Norwich Board of Education. A noteworthy consequence of Aldi’s potential victory in the City Council election is that he would need to step down from his Board of Education position upon being sworn in. Despite this, DeLucia, the City Council president pro-tempore, expressed confidence in the strength of their slate.

The Republican candidates for the City Council consist of incumbents Stacy Gould, Grant Neunendorf, and Bill Nash, alongside Pietro “Rocky” Camardella, who previously ran for state Senator.

Concerning the Board of Education, the Democratic nominations include incumbents Kevin Saythany, Greg Perry, Mark Kulos, and Charlene Charmelus, along with Jess Jarmon and John Iovino. The Republicans, on the other hand, have endorsed incumbents Christine Distasio, Heather Fowler, and James Paulsen, alongside Brendon Mansaku, Chris Milton, and Yamir Flores.

For the forthcoming elections, the Norwich Democrats have set their sights on reclaiming the majority on the City Council. Their primary focuses are sound fiscal management, effective utilization of ARPA-funded projects, and enhanced collaboration with the school board in completing the substantial $385 million school building initiative. Furthermore, they emphasize the importance of both the City Council and the Board of Education working together in the best interest of the students’ education.

On the other side, the Norwich Republicans maintain a steadfast commitment to taxpayer accountability and reducing financial burdens. Despite challenges posed by state and federal requirements, they endeavor to allocate tax dollars thoughtfully in areas within their purview, keeping the interests of the residents at heart. Additionally, they prioritize parental rights in education, recognizing the significant impact that proactive boards of education can have on children’s local and nationwide education.

Previously, the Norwich Democrats enjoyed a majority on the city council for nearly four years until Derell Wilson’s departure to serve as a state representative. DeLucia pointed out that during that time, their leadership facilitated the accomplishment of a significant number of objectives.

Both parties are confident in their candidates’ abilities and firmly believe in their dedication to upholding their respective principles and visions when serving their positions if elected during the upcoming elections.