PRESS RELEASE: NBGOP Announces Common Council Candidates for Ward 4 & 5


NEW BRITAIN — The 2015 candidates running on the Republican line for Common Council in Ward 4 will be incumbents Don Naples and Robert Smedley. In Ward 5, the candidates will be incumbent Louis Salvio and newcomer Miriam A. Geraci.

“I have been thoroughly impressed by the way Aldermen Naples and Smedley have performed as “freshmen” on the Common Council over the past two years,” said Mayor Erin E. Stewart. “They have been tireless advocates for their neighbors, and are fully engaged in finding solutions that will best balance the rights and needs of Ward 4 residents with the rights and needs of the students at CCSU. They are also registered Unaffiliated voters – not Republican – and are a big part of my effort to see that the best possible people run for office, regardless of party affiliation.”

“My first two years serving as an Alderman have been extremely challenging and rewarding, particularly regarding veterans’ issues and quality of life in our neighborhoods. I’m proud to continue “giving back” to my home town. New Britain has made great progress on several fronts under the active leadership of Mayor Stewart and the refreshing bipartisan cooperation of the Common Council. I look forward to maintaining that momentum during the next term,” said
Alderman Don Naples.

“I’ve decided to seek a second term on the Council because I would like to continue being a part of the positive changes and significant improvements going on in our great City,” said Alderman Smedley. “I believe I have demonstrated an ability to listen to, and understand, the concerns of my neighbors and am willing to make difficult decisions when I know they are right. A lot has been accomplished, but there is still so much more to do in making New Britain ‘The Place to Be.’”

“I am also very excited by our team running in Ward 5,” said Mayor Stewart. “Alderman Salvio has devoted his life to public service, both as a teacher and as a member of the Council, and I know that he is committed to revitalizing New Britain. Miriam is a native of New Britain and shares my vision for where this City is going in the future. She will be a great addition to the Council.”

Said Alderman Salvio, “I am running primarily to remain involved as a citizen and resident taxpayer in helping to shape our City government and make it more responsive and responsible to those it serves. As a lifelong educator, I believe that we never stop learning and, right now, our City is learning how to reinvent itself for the 21st century and be positioned for further economic growth. I want to see us continue in this new direction.”

“I am so proud to run with Mayor Stewart and be a part of her team,” said Miriam Geraci. “Like many who run for office, I want to make a positive difference in the City I live in and be a part of decisions that will bring continued progress to New Britain. There has been such a wonderful change in this City over the past two years. We are beginning to see the good that can come from having a clear vision and then working hard to make it a reality. I will be working hard between now and November 3rd to earn the confidence of the people in the 5th Ward and would be honored to represent them on the Common Council.”