By Lisa Capobianco
A lifelong resident of Southington, State Representative Dave Zoni plans to continue serving the community he spends time in each week. Whether meeting with town officials at a council meeting or speaking with parents and teachers about the importance of early childhood education, Zoni said he has enjoyed representing Southington at the state level throughout his first term.
Zoni, who represents the 81st District, plans to run for re-election this November. If elected, he will move on to his second term as state representative. He has currently served on the state’s Aging Committee, Finance, Revenue & Bond Committee, and the Public Health Committee.
“I look forward to continuing my service to Southington,” said Zoni, who is an active member of the Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce, and the UNICO International Club, as well as the Southington Rotary Club and the Southington Italian-American Festival Committee.
Looking back on the past year, Zoni noted a number of accomplishments that benefited Southington, such as the establishment of the Office of Early Childhood and the $200,000 in funding that will benefit the Calendar House’s feasibility study on how to best expand. Zoni said he also feels proud of the phosphorus reduction bill and legislation that secures consumer protections for electric consumers.
Zoni added that he also feels proud of the new state budget, which he considered to be balanced.
“We were able to balance the budget without harming municipalities,” said Zoni, who owns Priority Graphics, LLC, a local business that provides digital graphic design and printing services. “Keeping Southington whole was one of the things I felt good about.”
If reelected, Zoni mentioned he plans to introduce a bill, which would allow school superintendents to access birth records of children in town. The bill would give superintendents an opportunity to reach out to these families even before their children reach kindergarten age, informing them about different resources and programs available.
Ed Rosenblatt, the head of the Democratic Town Committee in Southington, said Zoni was endorsed unanimously during a recent meeting to run for re-election in the State Legislature. An alumnus of Southington High School, Zoni previously served on the Town Council, where he led the effort that brought Southington’s first formal Fiscal Policy. Zoni, who was a member of the Open Space Committee, was also the driving force behind the development of the “Rescue-A-Buck” program, which is a way for cost saving ideas to be submitted directly to the Town Council, Board of Finance, the Town Attorney and the Town Manager.
“He is in touch with the people of Southington—he meets everyone,” said Rosenblatt. “Whether it was on the Town Council or in Hartford, he puts making life better in Southington his top priority and that shows in everything he has done.”