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Office sought: Town Council
What is your dream for Wallingford?
My dream for Wallingford is that we have a better functioning town government that helps people’s daily lives run more smoothly, better technology at Town Hall, more accessible town offices and officials, beautification projects that are utilized and completed in a timely manner, vastly improved communications between town officials and our community members, a sustained focus on antiracism, equity, and a reckoning with our town’s past, and a more pedestrian-safe, walkable downtown.
How do we get there?
We get there by mobilizing voters with an exciting message and exciting candidates, gaining a majority in the Town Council, Board of Education, and winning back the Mayor's office. It's time for bold, innovative thinking, but also time for really normal, everyday system upgrades, like Internet access in Town Hall, updated technological systems, and basic infrastructure improvements in our schools and on our roads.
I have over 6 years of nonprofit marketing, communications, and advocacy experience, first at Sandy Hook Promise in Newtown, CT, and now at Yale School of Medicine, and many years volunteering on local campaigns and on the WDTC, organizing charity events and the DTC's Master's Manna campaigns, as well as a BA in Urban and Community Studies from UConn.
It would seem to make sense to consolidate the high schools and renovate one building that would be safe, efficient, and useful for all of the students in town. I worry that the concern with keeping two high schools comes down to vanity concerns like the football rivalry or Powderpuff, but plenty of other towns have one high school and make it work. Again, it would be a shift from an old way to a new way. We would adjust. But it would also take a lot of learning and close counsel from the BOE about their recommendations and the surveys they sent to student families to see where everyone’s concerns lie. A population study would also make sense.
I think the project should absolutely move forward. Having no pool and no plan that anyone could look forward to was a huge disservice to our community this year, especially when outdoor activities were all you could safely do. I love the idea of the splash pads, I think there should even maybe be more, on that property or elsewhere in town. It gets really hot here in the summer and many people need a safe place to cool off.
As Covid continues through summer, many indoor cooling centers will continue to be closed. We need to keep thinking about future scenarios where these great resources can be helpful, besides simply being fun and attractive! Students could have summer jobs at a little snack shack there. I think it has a lot of potential, and if we do it right and take care of it, it’s an excellent investment.
We have been lucky so far, as it appears most of downtown survived 2020, but there is much more we can do. I would like to beautify the corner of Center Street/Route 5 and Hall Avenue and bring businesses to the empty or aging buildings. That corner has looked less than welcoming all my life, and it's one of the centerpieces of our town when you arrive or are driving through. The town needs a dedicated employee or expert to help our downtown businesses stay agile during these times and to help bring new businesses that will have some longevity into the empty storefronts.
Address white supremacy and structural racism
I recently met a young couple who told me that one of their concerns before ultimately deciding to move here was what they'd heard about our racial history in town and had been really conflicted about it. Our history of white supremacy, racism, and racist imagery and hate speech is something people know us for, and I hope that we're on the path to change that. I am so proud of our town and the young people who've organized marches and rallies over the past many years since Charlottesville, the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and most recently the spike in anti-Asian hate crimes and raised their voices in support of those most marginalized in our society.
But still, too often, those speaking out for the greater good are demonized, intimidated, and mocked. Our leaders and public servants at the municipal level have the responsibility to speak out against racist imagery and hate speech or hate crimes when they occur in our midst, and I do not agree that treating the problem with silence is how it goes away, assuming that those committing the acts want attention so the best way to make them stop is to ignore them. By ignoring the acts of those who commit hate, you also ignore those whom the acts most deeply affect, the people who are frightened and intimidated in their own neighborhoods, schools, and town. That is unacceptable—silence is complicity. The town needs to work harder to implement educational programs to peel back the layers of our engrained white supremacy and structural racism, including our at-large municipal voting system which has been banned at the state level.
Wireless in Town Hall
It seems so simple. If every fast food chain can provide Wi-Fi, our Town Hall should be able to do the same, as the touchpoint in the center of town, and for our town workers and the Council to function in the 21st Century. We need a huge overhaul to become technologically on par with other towns of our size.
Run For Something endorses Alexa Tomassi for Town Council
Changing The Face of Local Politics in Connecticut
October 6, 2021- Alexa Tomassi is proud to receive the endorsement of Run for Something (RFS), the groundbreaking organization that recruits and supports strong voices in the next generation of progressive leadership.
“I am so thrilled to receive this endorsement from Run for Something and to be included in this great group of young leaders. With less than a month to go until Election Day, I am ready to continue the work we’ve been doing on the ground with our campaign since March and I am eager to get to work improving the lives of the people of Wallingford,” Tomassi said.
“Our October endorsees are a reminder that there are no ‘off years’ and we need strong progressives running every cycle in order to build progressive power in state and local offices,” said co-founder Amanda Litman. “If elected, these endorsees will join the fight for reproductive justice, voting rights, educational equity and informed covid-19 responses, among other issues.”
We are also thrilled to share that the October class brings our total endorsements for 2021 elections to 411 endorsed campaigns, including 54 re-endorsements.
This wildly exceeds our initial goal of 300 endorsements in 2021- 50+% female, 50+% people of color and 80% municipal.
Our October class spans 11 states and of our candidates:
The endorsement process includes an extensive internal review with background check, staff interview and insight from local state experts.
Amanda Litman and Ross Morales Rocketto launched RFS on Jan. 20, 2017 with a simple premise: help young diverse progressives to run for down-ballot races in order to build a bench for the future. RFS aims to lower the barriers to entry for these candidates by helping them with seeding money, organization building, and access to the trainings needed to be successful. So far, over 77,000 young people from across the country have signed up to run and gained access to RFS resources.
Run for Something recruits and supports talented, passionate young people who advocate for progressive values now and for the next 30 years, with the ultimate goal of building a progressive bench.