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2021 Republican Candidates

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Mark Block

First Selectman
  • Lifetime Trumbull resident, focusing on what brings Trumbull together!

  • Presidential Award Recipient and Published Author

  • Fortune 500 and non-profit executive management

  • Former Member, Trumbull Town Council

  • Former Member, Ethics Commission

  • MetroCOG Rt 25/111 Citizen Advisory Board

  • Chair, Aquatics Building Committee

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Katie Miller-Creagh

Town Clerk
  • JPMorgan, 20 years experience

  • Experienced in financial, corporate planning, payroll administration, and human resources

  • Former PTA President of Hillcrest Middle School

  • Former PTA Executive Board for Booth Hill Elementary

  • Home School Association Board for St. Catherine of Siena

  • Executive Board Member, Nichols Improvement Association

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Paul Lavoie

Town Treasurer
  • General Manager of Carey Manufacturing

  • Treasurer, United Way of Coastal Fairfield County

  • Board of Assessment Appeals, 2009-2010

  • Board of Finance, Vice Chair 2010-2015

  • Board of Education, Finance Committee Chair 2015-2017


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Scott Zimov

Board of Finance
  • Trumbull Board of Finance (2015-2019)

  • Vice President, Business Technology Integration, Bank of America

  • BA, Economics, Western New England University

  • Habitat for Humanity volunteer

  • Married to Julie for 17 years, three children (ages 10, 7, and 7)

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Justin Scheuble

Board of Finance
  • Licensed Banker, Peoples United Bank (’15-present); Owner, CT Downsizing Pros (’15-present)

  • BS, Business Management, William Paterson University

  • Secretary of the Trumbull Business Education Initiative 2020-2022

  • Married with 2 young sons

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Steve Dincher

Board of Finance
  • Optometrist, MyEyeDr; Opticare; CAO; AOA

  • BS, Messiah College

  • Doctor of Optometry, Salus University

  • Married with a daughter


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Jackie Norcel

Board of Education
  • Incumbent, Trumbull Board of Education (2017-present)

  • BS, Fordham University; MS, Brooklyn College; Southern Connecticut University 6th year administration; University of Bridgeport 7th year ABD; certification in Connecticut 092 for administration

  • Retired educator, 55 years of service; Frenchtown Elementary School Principal (’03-’17); Principal, Tashua Elementary School (’84-’03)

  • Sacred Heart University adjunct professor for 26 years

  • Member, NEA and CEA; Greater Bridgeport Retired Teachers Association; ARTC

  • Trumbull Cultural Diversity Committee Chair for 20 years; Trumbull Loves Children Bd. of Directors
    Trumbull resident for 51 years

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Marie Petitti

Board of Education
  • Incumbent, Trumbull Board of Education (2015-present)

  • Retired educator, 32 years of service; Spanish/Italian/Math in Norwalk, Danbury, & Bridgeport

  • BS in Spanish; MS in ESL; 6th year degree in Education 

  • Greater Bridgeport Retired Teachers Association Legislative, Co-chair; ARTC PAC, Co-chair; ARTC

  • Legislative Committee Member; Bridgeport Retired Teachers Fund Board Member and Vice-president; Greater Bridgeport Retired Teachers’ Association committee member

  • Married to Antonio; two sons (both THS graduates); one granddaughter

  • Town resident (’77-present)

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Alison Squiccimarro

Board of Education
  • Incumbent, Trumbull Board of Education (2021-present)

  • Law Office of Paul A. Lange, LLC (2000-present)

  • BA, Political Science & Sociology, State University of New York, College at Oneonta; JD, Pace University School of Law

  • Attorney admitted to practice in State and Federal Courts in NY, CT, and MA

  • Member, American Bar Association; Governing Counsel of the ABA Forum on Air & Space Law

  • Co-Chair, ABA Forum on Air & Space Law- Airports Committee 

  • Member, International Aviation Women's Association

  • Founding member of Trumbull Helps, Inc.

  • Married to Frank; daughter, Alexis (8) 

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Chris Bandecchi

Board of Education
  • Community Development Grants Director, City of Waterbury

  • Adjunct Professor, Political Science Department, Southern Connecticut State University

  • BS, Political Science; MS, Political Science/Public Policy and Administration, Southern Connecticut State University

  • Former Board Member, Connecticut Innovations (2013-2021); Audit, Compliance, and Governance Committee, CI (2013-2021); Justice of the Peace (2021-present)

  • Member, Sons of the American Revolution (2017-present); President, General David Humphrey’s Branch No. 1, CTSSAR (2020-present)

  • Member, Jane Ryan Fathers Club

  • Married to Trish; daughter, Harper, 5 (Jane Ryan); son, Paxton, 1


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Rich Deecken

Planning & Zoning (2021-2025)
  • Incumbent, Trumbull Planning and Zoning Commission (2010-2019; Chair 2014-2015; 2021-present)

  • Member, Trumbull Inland Wetlands Commission 

  • Justice of the Peace

  • History teacher/Department Chair & Athletic Coach, Bassick High School, Bridgeport, CT

  • BA, Political Science, Sacred Heart University; MA, Secondary Education; THS graduate

  • Married to Theresa, daughter, Deanna (5)

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Brandon Cousins

Planning & Zoning (2022-2026)
  • Teacher, Great Oaks Charter School (2018-present)

  • BA, History; BA, Political Science, University of Connecticut

  • MS, Secondary Education, University of Bridgeport

  • Resident of Trumbull for 25 years

  • Graduate of Trumbull Public Schools


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Rob Saunders

Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Zoning Board of Appeals (2017-present); Vice Chair (2019-Present)

  • Winfield United, Sales Representative (2016-Present); Sustainable Turf Management, Owner (2010-2016)

  • BS, Biology, University of Vermont

  • PTA President, Frenchtown Elementary School

  • Married to Allison; son, George (9)

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Charles Toothill

Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Retired, former examiner at State of CT DMV (2009-2014); UPS Supervisor (1974-2009)

  • BA, Psychology, Southern Connecticut State University

  • Married to Magdalene; two sons, Chuck and Gregory; four grandchildren

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Jeff Craw

Board of Assessment
  • Incumbent, Trumbull Board of Assessment Appeals (2012-present)

  • Sales Associate, William Raveis Real Estate, Trumbull, CT

  • Former President, Greater Bridgeport Board of Realtors; Director of CT Association of Realtors

  • BS Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School; Graduate Honors

  • Former St. Joseph High School Boys Lacrosse Coach & St. Joseph’s High Advisory Board member

  • Married to Lorrie, three adult children: Christina, Jessica and Jeffrey; two grandchildren


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Victor Pioli

  • Former Trumbull Constable (2011-2017)

  • Retired New York City Police Department, Lieutenant

  • NYC Police Dept. Lieutenant’s Benevolent Association; Police Combat Cross

  • BS Criminal Justice, Minor in Modern Languages, CUNY

  • Member of Knights of Columbus of St. Theresa’s Church and American Legion Post 141

  • Three children, five grandchildren

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Jeannine Stauder

  • Retired, Catholic Family Services (1980-1993)

  • BA, Sacred Heart; MA, Fairfield University; Center for Family Learning, Post Graduate Work, and Practicum, two years

  • Clinical Member American Association For Marriage and Family Therapy, The American Association for Counseling and Development, American Mental Health Counselors Association

  • Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force (EDIT), Co-Chair, (2021-present)

  • Member of Library Board, Community, Senior Center Building Committee

  • Widowed; mother of 6 married children; grandmother of 18

Town Council

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Dede Robinson

District 1
  • Member, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force (EDIT) (2021-present)

  • Hospice Care Employee, CNA Certification

  • Member, Connecticut Masonic Lodge

  • Father, one daughter

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Mike Buswell

District 1
  • General Manager/Part Owner, D-BAT Trumbull (2018-current)

  • BS, University of Bridgeport

  • Current Trumbull Babe Ruth League President and Trumbull Travel Baseball Director

  • Former member of BOE Policy Committee and THS Football Search Committee

  • Married to Kory for 12 years; three kids: Ava, 10 (Hillcrest); Bryce, 7 (Daniels Farm); Evelyn, 2

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Donna Seidell

District 2
  • Incumbent, Trumbull Town Council (2015-present)

  • Former Assistant Principal, Second Hill Lane, Stratford & former Principal, Eli Whitney Elementary School

  • Member Pinewood Lake Association & Nichols Improvement Association

  • Married to John, two sons, Nathan and Taylor, (THS graduates); three grandchildren

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JP Favretto

District 2
  • United States Army Reserve, 1994-2002

  • Trumbull Printing, Account Executive, 1997-2019

  • Stay at home dad, 2019-Current

  • IPTPA Certified Instructor – Self Employed, 2020-Current

  • Pinewood Lake Association Board of Governors, 6 years

  • Graduate of THS

  • Housatonic Community College – Medical Coding Certification, 2018

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Lori Rosasco-Schwartz

District 3
  • Incumbent, Trumbull Town Council (2013-present); Finance Committee Vice-Chair (2015-2017)

  • Director Audit & Advisory Services, Pitney Bowes, Inc.; CPA

  • Friends of Appalachia/Appalachia Service Project Volunteer; PTA/PTSA member THS, Madison, Tashua

  • Boston College, Carroll School of Management, B.S., Accounting

  • Married to Stuart Schwartz for 34 years; 3 children (all THS graduates); town resident since ’71

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Steve Choi

District 3
  • Incumbent, Board of Finance (2017-present)

  • General Manager, KBC Electronics

  • BS, Finance; MS, Financial Risk Management, UConn

  • THS Alumnus, Class of 2000

  • Married to Sidia, 5 children (Javier, Samantha, Mateo, Amanda, Abraham)

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Lissette Colon

District 4
  • Director of HR at Norwalk Public Schools

  • Graduate, University of Bridgeport, HR Management

  • Board Member, Ralphola Taylor Community Center and Bridgeport PAL

  • Married; one daughter, Julyssa, graduate of THS

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Olga Leiva

District 4
  • Retired administrator and educator, Bridgeport Public Schools, Stamford Public Schools

  • BS, UConn

  • Former adjunct professor, University of Bridgeport, Housatonic CC

  • Woman of Substance Honoree, CT Post; Lifetime Achievement Award, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

  • Mother of two; grandmother of two

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Steve Lemoine

District 5
  • Incumbent, Trumbull Town Council (2019-present)

  • Retired teacher, Middlebrook School (20 yrs); Logistics Engineer, Sikorsky Aircraft; US Navy

  • BS, Embry Riddle University; MS, Southern Connecticut State University; MBA, Sacred Heart University

  • Knights of Columbus, member; Commander of the National Association of Naval Veterans (Port 5)

  • Married to Sylvia; three children, two grandchildren; raised in Trumbull and graduates of TPS

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Millo N. Bertini

District 5
  • Owner/General Manager of several Trumbull small businesses: MTD Corporation, AGI Automation Components, New England Dry Stripping, and Archangel Sim Racing

  • Lifelong resident of Trumbull; graduate of THS

  • Married to Leisa

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Carl Massaro

District 6
  • Incumbent, Trumbull Town Council (2001-present); Chairman (2009–2017)

  • Board of Assessment Appeals, six years; Chairman

  • Law Offices of Carl A. Massaro, Jr., founder; self-employed 41 years

  • JD, Western New England School of Law; BS, Providence College

  • Married to Barbara, one daughter; 29 year resident

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Christopher DeCruze

District 6
  • Application Security Lead, Glossier, Inc.

  • Former Senior Consultant in Application Security, TD Ameritrade

  • BS, Electrical Engineering/Computer Science; MS, Electrical Computer Engineering, Binghamton University

  • Married, one daughter (6 years old),
    one foster daughter (6 months)

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Tony Scinto

District 7
  • Incumbent, Trumbull Town Council (2007-present)

  • Vice-Chairman, Trumbull High School Building Committee (2005-2007)

  • Senior Telecom Technician, Verizon (1998-present)

  • BS, Business Administration, Eastern Connecticut State University

  • Married to Michelle; daughters Kayla and Sara

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