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Occupation: Manager at Walmart in Naugatuck; Full-time student at Southern Connecticut State University
Community activism: I was in Naugatuck High School concert choir, I was also in Boy Scout Troop 11 in Seymour CT, and worked on the camp staff at camp strang in Goshen CT. I really enjoyed helping kids learn. I also earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and my service project included placing a flag retirement box on Bank St in Seymour at the American Legion post, because the town of Seymour had no flag retirement box. We also repainted some of the outer doors on the American Legion building. During my time in Troop 11, I also volunteered for the annual postal food drive, on the Saturday before mother’s day. This food drive helps to collect food for the local community food bank at Trinity Church in Seymour, Trinity is also home to where my Scout Troop meets.
Political experience: I have served on the Naugatuck Inland Wetlands Commission for two years. This has been a very rewarding experience. I learned a lot from Chairwoman Mary Davis, and I am glad to have been able to encourage best management practices when development comes near our town’s wetlands.
Why are you running for office? I am running for office because I feel that Naugatuck needs a change. Our town needs fresh new ideas that are going to move the Borough forward. Coming from the Wetlands commission I bring a different way of thinking to the discussion on how to move Naugatuck forward. I believe that we can move this town forward by utilizing the natural resources that we have here in town. We have the Naugatuck River which more people are kayaking and fishing in, we have the Naugatuck State Forest, which I believe is our untapped gem, and we have the new Naugatuck Green way that our town is investing in. Marketing these aspects of our town will bring new residents and new business in. Many people I know will take day trips to use the Farmington River greenway, or they will drive to Shelton to use their greenway. People also drive upstate to take day hikes in our beautiful Litchfield Hills section of the State. I however believe that the Naugatuck State Forest can offer similar beauty and awe that you find in the Litchfield Hills. Our State forest has waterfalls and scenic views of the Naugatuck Valley and River. If we market this forest and our new greenway I know that Naugatuck will become a destination town, and not just a drive by town. Once we get people coming to our town to use these resources that we have, business will be attracted to our town. This will be much like what happened in Shelton. Our downtown will begin to boom again. This process however will take some time, and it will be a snow ball effect. Once one business comes in we will see the town grow. Our town needs new fresh ideas to move it forward. I am also very open to listing to what members of the community want to see happen with our town, and to any ideas that they may have to move Naugatuck forward.
Residents can contact me via email : email@example.com or by mailing to
Alex Olbrys For Burgess 2013
P.O. Box 1863
Naugatuck CT 06770