Contact information: SamuelCarmody@gmail.com
Office Sought: Town Council
What is your dream for Wallingford?
I am seeking a position on the Wallingford Town Council because Wallingford is a place of great importance to me. I am the sixth generation in my family to live in this town. It is more than just home; I feel it is a part of who I am. I love Wallingford, and I want to ensure that our town grows stronger and progresses in every aspect—fiscal responsibility, economic development, education, government transparency, and environmental stewardship. I will work to ensure this town is a place that people are drawn to and want to live, work, and raise families in.
I plan to implement economic development policies that will help recruit businesses and increase our tax base. I want to ensure that our community is an affordable place for its residents to live and that we provide ample quality of life services through our parks and recreation department, the senior center, etc. Our town should have a first-rate education system, an active downtown, and effective law enforcement, fire, and emergency.
I have worked in government on the local, state, and federal level. Currently, I am a senior advisor to Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz. I spent four years as Wallingford’s democratic Registrar of Voters and two years as Deputy Registrar of Voters. I have also served on a volunteer basis on our most recent charter revision commission, on the Wallingford Zoning Board of Appeals, and as a board member of the downtown revitalization and advocacy organization, Wallingford Center, Inc. My involvement in these committees and organizations has helped further educate me about our town.
As someone who grew up half a mile from Wallingford’s town center and currently lives in downtown Wallingford, I have a deep affection for our downtown area. I served over seven years on the board of directors for Wallingford Center, Inc. Supporting our downtown and its small businesses is of top priority to me. I think Wallingford should invest in improvements to our downtown and focus on the recruitment of businesses.
Wireless in Town Hall
There is no question that the technological infrastructure of our town should be upgraded, particularly to provide better customer service relations.
If elected, I would look for ways to make Wallingford more affordable for its residents. I am open to supporting creative revenue-generating opportunities that would not raise taxes.
As a municipality, I think it is vital that we put in place sustainable energy policies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. I would support the creation of a task force to develop goals to drastically cut GHG and other emissions. New Haven has a goal to be carbon neutral by 2050, and I believe we should strive for something similar. That would include investing in energy efficiency improvements for our schools and public buildings, reducing waste, and phasing in more electric vehicles for our town’s fleet.