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- Name: Bob Swick
- Location: Wallingford, Connecticut, United States
I have been an educator for 33 years teaching over twenty courses in business and economics on a part time basis for several different colleges and universities here in Connecticut. I have a Bachelors of Science in Journalism and a Masters of Science in Economics. I also enjoy writing about and collecting football memorabilia. I am a member of the Professional Football Researchers Association and a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers. I also publish Gridiron Greats Magazine.
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Thursday, October 08, 2015
JP Bolat For Wallingford Board of Education
Here is some information from his website and campaign literature:
JP attended Parker Farms Elementary School, Moran Middle School, and Mark T. Sheehan High School, where he was elected President of his Senior Class, President of the National Honor Society, and All-Housatonic League soccer player. In addition, JP earned his Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouting, in 1983. Graduating from Sheehan as salutatorian, JP was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, by then Senator Lowell Weicker, Jr. and went on to graduate with distinction in 1987, beginning his career as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy.
Designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1989, he has logged over 2,000 flight hours in the P-3C Orion as a Mission Commander, Tactical Coordinator, and Navigator/Communicator. In addition to earning numerous aviation and shipboard qualifications, JP was nominated three times by the U.S. Navy as a Mission Specialist candidate to the NASA Astronaut selection board. Throughout his naval career, JP visited or lived in over 26 countries, and volunteered many off-duty hours teaching and helping local communities. While at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, JP instituted and taught NASA’s Young Astronauts program to 4th graders and remained active in boy scouting throughout his career. In 1998, JP was inducted to the Mark T. Sheehan Hall of Fame.
Upon retiring from the U.S. Navy in 2007, JP commenced a career in international business as Senior Director of Business Development, Public Sector, Education & Healthcare for Oracle Corporation Japan. In 2009, he started his own consulting company with offices in Tokyo and Connecticut and in 2010, he relocated back to his hometown.
JP’s academic accomplishments include earning a Bachelor of Science in English with a minor in French from the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland (1987); a Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey,
JP has three beautiful children in the Wallingford Public School system who are very active in academics, clubs, music, and athletics. As a proud and vested father, he continues to work and support Wallingford schools through volunteering at events and serving on the Board of Education.
I feel JP Bolat is a qualified individual whose thoughts, views and opinion should be part of a dynamic Board of Education. I urge my fellow Wallingford voters to re elect him this November.
Monday, October 05, 2015
Shauna Glidden For Wallingford Board Of Education
Here is some information from her website and campaign literature:
Reasons for Running
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
― Nelson Mandela
One of the most important things we can do as a society is educate our youth. Education is the key to ending all of the worlds problems. Societies in which the majority of the population has received excellent education are less violent, more economically successful and have less disparity.
― Margaret Mead
Education is about teaching students how to use all of the information available to them to formulate their own opinions, concepts and ideas. Then teaching them to take the things they have learned and apply them to the world around them.
All students regardless of race, religion, socio-economic standing, age or ability should receive the best education possible. It is our duty as a society to ensure that the students of today become the best possible people of tomorrow.
Saturday, October 03, 2015
Joe Marrone For Wallingford Town Council
- Stands up for families - I have young children and family is very important to me. I consistently push for greater access to the public schools and more parental involvement. Just this year, I fought for greater ability for parents to question curricular decisions in schools. I am involved in Scouting because I believe it helps families to raise responsible children.
- Here for the long haul - Ours is a town that attracts families from all over to locate here. Many of these families will relocate once their children are finished with our excellent pubic schools. I grew up in town and my family and I are here to stay.
- Responsible with your money - In my time on the Board of Education, I voted against a number of proposed budgets because I did not believe that they were sustainable over time. Responsible government is always thrifty and tax dollars are money that belongs to my friends and neighbors. Elected officials should take greater care with other people's money than they do with their own.
- Here to help, not here to make noise - I am a dad, and as a dad sometimes you need to be there to fix things, and sometimes you need to stand on the sidelines. If you follow town government, you will note that I am never the one to go out of my way to grab a headline or a soundbite. This type of grandstanding is all too common, and is frankly a counterproductive waste of your time.
- Respects the traditions of our town - We have a well run Electric Division, great police and fire service and great town services. There is always room to improve every service, but we need to focus on what is really vital and be cautious about expanding services in a time when tax dollars are so tight.
- Running for the right reasons - I have enjoyed my nearly 6 years on the Board of Education working to help children and families and I believe I can do more on the Town Council. If the voters don't choose me, Wallingford will still be a great town. I think that my background and common sense approach to government will be an asset to the town.
- Is not afraid to stand alone - Reasonable adults can disagree about a great many things. I have stood alone on a number of issues on the Board, including the budget, excessive early dismissals, and school snack policy. I would be no different on the Council.
- Not interested in trends and fads - We have major issues facing our town, including improvements to the water treatment plant, businesses leaving our town and a stagnant grand list. These are the things we need to focus on. There are plenty of minor issues that we can talk about, but they are often a distraction to real function of government.
- Is forward thinking - I am always interested in what will not only serve us today, but will help us tomorrow. After careful consideration, I supported the cost saving and education enhancing reconfiguration of the elementary schools.
- Is open minded - I am a proud Republican, however, a good idea is a good idea. We currently have outstanding Democrats on the Council and I would be happy to work with them on any issue for the betterment of the people of Wallingford.
Thursday, October 01, 2015
Chris Shortell For Wallingford Town Council
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Amanda Doerr For Wallingford Board Of Education
I feel Amanda Doerr would be an excellent candidate for Board of Education and would contribute a great deal to Wallingford. I urge fellow Wallingford voters to vote for her in November.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
The New Face Of The Connecticut Democrats
With the local elections coming up in several weeks we see a new face and new dynamic for the Connecticut Democrat Party. If one is a registered Democrat here in Connecticut I am wondering if they will start to embrace even more this new face of their party.
For example their Governor will be forced over the next few weeks to hand over information/emails as to how they both justified and funded legally their "Pro-Malloy" mailing right before last year's election without any legal ruling by the Federal Election Commission. The mailing in my opinion clearly violated the states clean-election laws that were passed back in 2004. The information if it is actually given to the SEEC should be an informative read for taxpayers and voters.
Another example is how their State Legislature controlled by Democrats was able to circumvent the State Constitutional Spending Law and Cap by once again moving at will money off budget so it did not count to the already deficit ridden and bloated state budget. No explanation was given by these Democrats.
Also we look at the actual Connecticut state budget process whereby $40 billion dollars in state spending passes with no debate on the last day of the legislative session through a sequestered dictate decreed by the Democrat Party in both the House and Senate. Taxpayers and the Republican legislatures once again are left out of the actual debate of $40 billion dollars of spending.
Bridgeport is also another example of the new face and new dynamic of the Connecticut Democrat Party as I am to assume that the Governor's second chance program for felons and convicts is also embraced for former Mayors who were convicted felons to once again run for office. The same office that the former Mayor pillaged for his personal gain and spent seven years in prison for. The state's prisons could be a new area for the Connecticut Democrat Party to recruit new candidates from in the future especially for local and state offices. I am wondering why many of the state's Connecticut Congressional delegation are not seeking photo opportunities and or embracing their new candidate in Bridgeport?
To me the new face of the Connecticut Democrat Party is a lot like the old face; corrupt, self serving, dictatorial and a total disrespect for rules and laws that govern us. With Connecticut's local elections coming up I really wonder why we entrust our local governments to this type of political obedience and rule? Maybe it is time for both the old and new faces of the Connecticut Republican Party to be embraced to lead Connecticut in 2016 and forward in the future to undo the many years of the false promises, lies and economic demise and decay that the many false faces of the Connecticut Democrat Party have enslaved us with for too many years now.