2021 Slate of Candidates

 

First Selectman Candidate

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Bruce Wilson, Selectman

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Current Position – Selectman 

  • Former Member of Madison Board of Education serving as Policy Chair

  • Successful Connecticut business leader with a people forward philosophy and commitment to building a culture of common goals utilizing blended strengths to achieve desired results

  • Former CEO, COO, and Corporate Director who has been responsible for large and small businesses in multiple industries

  • Appointed or elected volunteer in Madison serving for more than a decade on numerous boards and commissions, including Rockland Preserve Commission

 

CONNECTION TO MADISON

  • Graduate of Daniel Hand, Class of 1982

  • Returned to Madison in 1992 with his wife, Elizabeth, to raise their family here 

  • Knows firsthand how important education is to Madison parents because he and his three children all attended Madison Public Schools

  • Former Trustee, Madison Historical Society

  • Member of First Congregational Church

Commitment to Madison

“Madison was my home as a child and I returned in 1992 to raise my family here. As a young father, I trusted the dedicated volunteers in town government to keep Madison strong and safe. For the last ten years, it has been my great honor to be one of those volunteers. My professional career and past town service have prepared me well to help navigate Madison forward into the future as your next First Selectman.” 

Board of Selectmen Candidates

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Noreen Kokoruda

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Former State Representative - 101st District Representing Madison and Durham 

    • Deputy Leader and Caucus Chairman

    • CT General Assembly Member of Education Committee, Appropriations Committee, Energy Committee, and Children’s Committee

  •  Former member of CT Commission for Community Service, appointed by        Governor Rell 

  • Served on Madison Board of Selectmen for 14 years

    • Played key roles forming Energy Committee, Ethics Study Committee, and Long Term Capital program as well as the acquisition of Rockland Preserve

  • Past service as a leader and member of many local boards and committees including: Chairman, Beach and Recreation Commission

  • Madison Town Campus Building Committee

  • President Madison Youth Lacrosse, Founder of girl’s lacrosse program

  • Scranton Library Board of Trustees

  • Madison Country Club Board

  • Madison ABC Board 

  • Past President of various PTO’s

  • Former Executive Director, Shoreline Foundation

  • Led effort to build AquaDome and established several day camps and children’s programs in Madison and Guilford

  • Current Member, Charter Review Commission 

 

CONNECTION TO MADISON

  • Madison resident for 43 years

  • Raised family with husband, Dan, in Madison

  • Presently three generations of family call Madison home

Commitment to Madison

“I am running to represent all citizens of Madison. I love this community and its people but am concerned with its direction. All during my 25 years of public service, I have followed the advice of one of my heroes, the late Governor Ella Grasso who taught me that ‘government must be honest, available and responsive.’ I’m proud to have lived up to that and will continue to. It’s time for coming together and putting Madison first.”

 

REPLACE
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Joe Bunovsky

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Current Madison Planning and Zoning Commissioner 

  • Served for over 10 years in this role, where he is careful to interpret zoning decisions as per town ordinances

  • Independent sales and marketing consultant with 25 years of experience

  • Small business owner and entrepreneur in Madison -  event production specialist

  • Previous Position – Vice President of Sales of BCB Group

  • Combining these skill sets allows for extremely versatile interpersonal communications

CONNECTION TO MADISON

  • Raised in Madison - Daniel Hand Graduate 1983

  • Proud father of four children, all of whom went through the Madison School System

  • When not working on some entrepreneurial endeavor, he enjoys all the beauty Madison has to offer outdoors, boating, hiking, sailing, or kayaking

  • Avid hobbyist with a passion for woodworking and carpentry

Commitment to Madison

“My family moved to Madison in the 1970s to provide better schools and opportunities for my sister and me. Fast forward many years and all of my four children are now DHHS graduates. For the past 10+ years, I’ve donated my time to various boards and commissions in town. My ultimate goal is to give back to a town that has given so much to two generations of my family.”

 
 

Board of Finance Candidates

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Jean Fitzgerald, Current Chair, BOF

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Current Position – Chair Madison Board of Finance 

    • Served for the past four years 

    • Focused on budget forecasting and protecting capital funding

  • Reduced reliance on unpredictable state funding 

  • Balanced community needs with financial instability during Covid 

  • Served on Madison Board of Education for eight years 

    • Chairman for last two years

    • Finance Committee Chair

    • Planning Committee Chair 

  • Supported the reconfiguration of the school district with a saving for taxpayers

  • Proposed financially responsible budgets each year despite fluctuations in health care costs and state funding

  • Former Chair of Madison Capital Improvement Program 

  • Professor at Quinnipiac University and Pace University for over 30 years

 

CONNECTION TO MADISON

  • She and her husband, Tim, have lived in Madison since 2003

  • They have raised four children, all of whom attended Madison Public Schools

  • Active PTO volunteer in four different Madison schools

  • Active in several Hand Athletic Booster Clubs

  • Former Board Member of Madison Historical Society and Education Committee Chair 

  • Volunteer at St. Margaret Parish Religious Education program

  • Consultant for several non-profit education groups

  • Boy Scout Den Mother

Commitment to Madison

“It’s been my honor to serve Madison for the last four years on the BOF and I am grateful for all the support I have received. With so many large initiatives on the horizon for Madison, I look forward to continuing the great work our board has done balancing community needs today and spending for the future. I am committed to advocating for  the very best town services, investing in our students, and supporting our seniors.”

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Happy Marino

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Current Position - Madison Board of Education

    • Chair of the Finance and Policy committees 

    • Member of the Personnel, Facilities, and Curriculum committees

  • Manages Strategic Partnerships for Updater, a technology company, where she drives strategy and revenue growth

  • Her 20-year career in the telecom industry has spanned sales, marketing and strategy roles, where she was responsible for all aspects of planning, budgeting and managing multi-million dollar P&Ls

 

CONNECTION TO MADISON

  • Active volunteer with Special Olympics of Southern Connecticut

  • Former Co-President of Jeffrey School PTO, founded Science Palooza 

  • Former Member PRC for Madison Public Schools

  • Founder of Borrowed Wings and Spanning the Universe Awards for Excellence in Special Education Teaching and Excellent Effort by a Special Education Student at Ryerson Elementary

  • Three children, ages 13, 15, and 15, who have collectively attended every Madison Public School, from TCLC through to Daniel Hand High School

Commitment to Madison

“One thing all Madison residents can count on from me is the same unwavering honesty and commitment they saw from my six years serving on the Board of Ed. I will continue to ensure Madison residents have the straight facts and figures – with no emotional hype – to make the best decisions for themselves and their families. There are a lot of important initiatives coming to the residents of Madison for their approval in the near future and I’d be honored to help be your voice.”

 
 
 
 

Board of Education Candidates

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Jennifer Gordon

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Current President – Ryerson PTO 

  • Zoning Board of Appeals, Alternate

  • Previous PTO Vice- President and Room Parent Ryerson

  • Former President and Board Member of Madison Newcomers Club

  • Oversaw a successful Touch-a-Truck event, scholarship fund, and support for local businesses

  • Former outreach athletic trainer at the University of Maryland Medical System, where she supported the Public Schools system 

CONNECTION TO MADISON

  • Moved to Madison with her husband, Matt, and their son in 2017

Commitment to Madison

“My connection to the Madison Public School System and desire to volunteer has led me to run for Board of Education. With so much potential change, I want to help guide this growth by maintaining the values that Madison is known for.”

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Mary Ann Connelly

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Retired Registered Nurse serving in Madison and Guilford Public Schools and private practice

  • Active in community charities in Madison including St. Margaret’s Parish, Project Children, Little Miracles, Knights of Columbus, and Christmas Gifts for Children

  • Volunteer, American Red Cross

  • Active in St. Margaret’s Contemporary and Children’s Choirs

  • Member of New Haven Chorale and Former Member of Connecticut Opera Company

CONNECTION TO MADISON

  • Moved to Madison after a visit with cousins 25 years ago, fell in love, and have been a resident ever since

  • Married to husband Frank for over 50 years

  • Proud mother of five children and grandmother of ten grandchildren

Commitment to Madison

“Children have always been the center of my life. As the mother of five children and grandparent of ten, I have always been involved in the schools. As a registered nurse for the past 50 years, I have worked locally in three pediatric offices and as a school nurse in upstate NY, Madison schools, and recently, Guilford High School. The physical and mental well-being of my students, patients, and their families has always been my main concern, especially during these tenuous times. I promise if elected I will do everything in my power to advocate for our children.” 

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Christine Maisano

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Current Position – Madison Board of Education

  • Served on the East Haven Board of Education for eight years

    • Finance Director and Vice-Chair

  • Focused on improving the school system and creating transparent, seamless financial, education data, and bidding procedures to ensure that monies were spent appropriately, timely and in turn the results of such expenditures resulted in positive growth for the entire district and the students

  • Business owner of accounting/bookkeeping firm

  • Real estate sales associate with Coldwell Banker, Madison

CONNECTION TO MADISON

  • Lives in Madison with her husband, Anthony, and their three children

  • Youngest daughter a sophomore at Daniel Hand

Commitment to Madison

“Through my many years of serving on a Board of Ed I have learned a great deal and I am eager to once again get involved, devote my time and energy, and watch the students reap the benefits of a solid team of Board of Ed members working in unison to grow our educational system even further. If elected, I will do my homework, ask the hard questions and vote with my conscience.” 

 

Zoning Board of Appeals Candidate

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Ernie Lacore

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Former Chairman of Economic Development Commission.

  • Served as a member of Conservation and Inland-Wetlands Commissions.

  • Years of experience in State and municipal government employee benefits and retirement plans.

  • Managed real estate assets held in Trust for a national bank’s northeast clients.

  • Financial counselor to Connecticut’s Joint Force Military Command serving the Air and Army National Guard Servicemembers and their families.

  • Ernie served in the US Army’s 26th Infantry Scout Dogs.

  • Ernie received his BA in Economics from American International College

  • Professional designation CLU in Estate Planning and ChFC in Financial

  • Consultancy from the American College

CONNECTION TO MADISON

  • Ernie resides with his wife, Dragana with their Springer Spaniel, Cooper.

  • Ernie is passionate to continually seek improvement in the spectrum of the quality

  • of life for Madison residents while also being fiscally responsible to our community taxpayers. 

  • His creative skills and diverse professional experiences bring our community independent thought and insights. 

 

Board of Assessment Appeals Candidate

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Bill Lewis, Current Chairman - Board of Assessment Appeals

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Elected to two terms on Board of Assessment Appeals

  • Served as Chair of Board for last four years

  • Served on the Madison Ambulance Association Board of Directors for 26 years, many as an officer

  • Previously owned a home inspection business, conducting over 5,000 inspections, as well as an automotive factory-authorized service center

CONNECTION TO MADISON

  • Resident of Madison for over 45 years

  • Proud husband, father of three daughters, and grandfather of six grandchildren