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Name: Edward J. Fennell
Age: 48 07.02.65
Address: 10 Parkman Pl Naugatuck
Education: Wallenpaupack High School Graduated ‘83
Culinary Institute of America Graduated ‘85
Experience: Currently appointed to complete Ron San Angelo’s term
Occupation: Sales Market Manager for Perkins, a division of Gordon Food Service
630 John Hancock Rd. Taunton, MA
Community: Cub Scout Pack 109, I served several positions of leadership: CubMaster, Committee Chairman and Den Leaders. Currently, I am the Scoutmaster for Troop 138 for the past nine years and with a group of dedicated volunteers we have grown the Troop from 15 scouts to 70 scouts.
My wife and I are Salem Society member of the United Way of Naugatuck and Beacon Falls.
Family: I am married to Ginger Fennell and we have three children, Dalton attending Southern Connecticut University, Courtney attending Florida Institute of Technology, and Connor attending Naugatuck High School.
Contact: Naugatuck citizens should feel free to contact me at 203.723.8526 (h) 203.232.2989 (c), Twitter @ed_fennell, or Facebook www.facebook.com/EdFennellforNaugy
Why am I running for Burgess?
Since 1997, I have been a resident and a homeowner in Naugatuck with my wife and three children. My eldest son is a graduate of Naugatuck High School, my daughter is a graduate of Westover School, and my youngest son currently attends Naugatuck High School. When we arrived in Connecticut 16 years ago, we found Naugatuck to be a family-friendly, affordable, quaint New England town where we felt comfortable and welcome. In our time here, we have seen many changes with the vast majority of those changes for the better. I still believe Naugatuck is a family-friendly, quaint New England town, but not as affordable as it once was. Unfortunately, in recent years I think the town government has forgotten whose money they are spending. In hard times we need to tighten our belt and curb spending.
I have sat on the sidelines watching our taxes increase each year with the Mayor indicating “contractual obligations” as the reason why. Well, this may be only half of the story, and we need to find better answers. When I am elected to a full term, I want to be part of the solution to decrease the resident’s tax burden while preserving the town’s current services.
As a long time Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America, my first question to eager young Scouts is “How can I serve you?” I’ve always meant that. So then, my question to my fellow citizens is “How can I serve you?”
So, I am running for Burgess because I want to bring a “Common Sense Approach” back to local government. We cannot spend money we do not have. We cannot ask our neighbors for any more of their hard earned money. And we cannot continue to ask our children and grandchildren to foot the bill.
I would like an opportunity to serve our community so I am asking for your vote.