Middletown Patch is beginning a new meet-the-candidates series that allows voters to learn a little bit about the men and women running for public office this November.Incumbent Democratic Middletown Common Councilman Grady Faulkner Jr. is seeking re-election in November.
Education: Adelphi University/RPI, BBA Accounting/MS Operations Management
Work: Manufacturing Accounting
Why do you want to hold public office in Middletown? I want to be a service to the community of Middletown and not simply “hold office.” Any place I live, anything I do, I do with the intention of improving things and making things work effectively. In the case of a community, it’s making sure we put our resources to work for our residents and making Middletown a youth-, family- and business-friendly community.
What experience do you bring to the table? I have served on the Common Council since 2006, serving on Youth Services, Board of Health, Citizen Advisory and Chairing the Insurance and Claims Committee. In addition, I have served on several local non-profit Boards governing over Academic, Youth Development, Civil Rights and Human Service needs that effect quality and value of life.
What do you think the town's most pressing issues are? Youth Guidance and Development. We have made marginal impact on achievement and economic gaps and wasted time, money and lives that will affect us for generations. Finding ways to address the rapidly changing dynamic of the middle class. The country has taken some dramatic economic hits on the average citizen that makes up the bulk of the “We The People” referred to in our country’s Constitution. This is the group that provides the girth of our nation and here in Middletown.
What do you love most about Middletown? I chose Middletown because of its diversity. Middletown is urban, it’s suburban, it has businesses and farms, it’s culturally cooperative and collaborative and it is full of free thought and willingness to try things. It has the opportunity to be a model for the country as a whole.
What do you like to do for fun? Fun.. what’s that? Well, in my spare time I enjoy having creative space and wish I had the resources to travel more and spend time with family and friends.
How can residents keep up with you? By telephone: (860) 344-9395 and email@example.com.
Other Candidate Bios
- Meet Sal Micciulla, Democratic Candidate for Assessment Board
- Meet Brian Kaskel, Republican Candidate for Board of Education
- Meet Paul Turenne, Democratic Candidate for Planning and Zoning
- Meet Dan Russo, Democratic Candidate for Planning and Zoning
- Meet Stephen Devoto, Democratic Candidate for Zoning Board
- Meet Sandra Russo-Driska, Republican Common Council Hopeful