by Ed Harris
The Republican slate for November features many familiar names and faces even though there is a bit of a shakeup at the top of the ticket.
Four of the six incumbent Republican town councilors have decided against seeking reelection. The only incumbents running again are Cheryl Lounsbury and Stephanie Urillo.
Council Chairman John Dobbins, Lou Martocchio, Peter Romano and Dr. Al Natelli are not seeking reelection.
“They’ve served four years,” said Republican Town Committee Chairman Brian Callahan. “The way the council is structured now there is a minimum of six meetings for every council meeting. People are tired.”
Rounding out the Town Council slate are former councilors Michael Riccio and Victoria Triano, along with Paul Champagne and Thomas Lombardi.
Natelli cited family and a bit of fatigue as the reasons why he decided against seeking a third term on the council. Natelli said he had accomplished almost all of his goals he had begun with.
“I just need to recharge the batteries,” he said. “I enjoyed what we did for the town.”
Though he has not served on the council since 2007, Riccio is a bit of an old hand in local politics. He served eight years on the council and is currently the chairman of the Parking Authority.
“I just wanted to get back involved again,” he said. “I’m excited to run with some new faces and old friends.”
Lombardi has served as an alternate on the Zoning Board of Appeals since January 2012. The Town Council is the first elected board that he has run for.
“I was born and raised in Southington,” he said. “I love the community and I want to serve the people.”
Most of the remaining slate for the Republican involves incumbents, with a fresh face running for the tax board.
For the Board of Finance, the Republicans are running incumbents Joseph Labieniec, John Leary and Edward Pocock III, along with James Coleman.
Incumbents Paul Chaplinsky Jr., Michael Delsanto and Stephen Kalkowski are seeing reelection to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Kathy Larkin is running for town clerk, a position currently held by Leslie Cotton. Cotton, a Republican, is retiring after 20 years on the job and has backed Larkin as her replacement.
The six Board of Education candidates have served together on the board for the last several years. The slate of incumbents are Terri Carmody, Colleen Clark, Brian Goralski, Terry Lombardi, Jill Notar-Francesco and Patricia Queen.
“Our vision hasn’t changed since the first time I ran,” said Goralski, chairman of the school board.
Goralski said that vision included teamwork, communication and respect.
Gregory Klimaszewski is seeking reelection to the Water Department.