PLAINVILLE - The Republican primary will be held today, with two petitioning candidates challenging the party-endorsed slate.
The primary is being held for local Republicans to nominate candidates for the Town Council and for the Board of Education to fill a vacancy for two years.
The following are the party-endorsed candidates for nomination:
nTy Cox – Town Council
nKatherine M. Pugliese – Town Council
nJacob Rocco – Town Council
nDeb Tompkins – Town Council
nDavid Underwood – Town Council
nRachel Childress Buchanan – Board of Education
Petitioning candidates Nicole Palmieri and Lori Consalvo both serve on the Board of Education. Palmieri is petitioning as a Town Council candidate and Consalvo petitioning as a candidate for the Board of Education.
Palmieri has served for three years on the Board of Education and has been its vice-chair for a year. Consalvo has been on the Board of Education for a year.
Palmieri wants to help the council understand the BOE’s budget process, increase bipartisanship and bring additional support for the local police and fire departments.
“I think that working with everyone is important,” she said. “We should have open discussion, even if at the end of the day we don’t agree.”
Consalvo said that she will make sure that taxpayers don’t see their taxes skyrocket while at the same time making sure schools get what they need.
Palmieri decided to run for the council when the Board of Education’s budget failed the first time at referendum April 30 and had to be reduced before it was approved in a second referendum May 14.
“It would be helpful to have someone on the council who has also been on the Board of Education and who understands how their budget is put together,” she said.
Consalso said that she enjoyed learning the “ins and outs” of how schools function and how they prepare their budget. She said that she feels it is important for her to continue what she is doing.
“I just got a job as a paraprofessional in Simsbury and once you become involved in a school system you really see what’s most needed,” she said.
Palmieri added that she has worked with a lot of people at the Capitol and has a lot of contacts that she can work with for the betterment of the town. She helped in Mike Handler’s bid for governor and was David Stemerman’s director of outreach during his campaign. She also assisted with Rep. William Petit Jr.’s re-election campaign, managing his social media.
Consalvo, who is a parent herself, said that she feels there should be more parents on the board to keep it well-rounded.
Palmieri’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in finance from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Consalvo is enrolled at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business management with a minor in human resources. She said she aims to then pursue a teaching certification and then a master’s degree in education. She said that she wishes to continue to work with children who are in special education.
The following are the polling locations:
nDistrict I – Linden Street School, 69 Linden St.
nDistrict II – Plainville Fire House, 77 W. Main St.
nDistrict III – Toffolon Elementary School, 145 Northwest Drive
nDistrict IV – Wheeler Elementary School, 15 Cleveland Memorial Drive.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.