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Dickinson to run for 16th term as Wallingford mayor
WALLINGFORD — Seven Republicans, including five incumbents, threw their hats in the ring Wednesday night for six Town Council seats that will be up for grabs in November — and longtime Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr. said he will run for a 16th term. Dressed in body armor and clothing that looked to be from the 16th century, Dickinson pulled out a telescope and discussed the work of Copernicus and Galileo, who realized that the earth was not the center of the universe.
“The telescope doesn’t let us see the future,” Dickinson said. “But our ability to deal with what the future will bring depends on the structure of things we try to establish and live with.”
In a time of high unemployment and uncertainty regarding the state budget, Dickinson said Wallingford is preparing for the future, whether it be “changing the way we purchase power and reforming the school system.
“We are addressing those things as best we can,” he said.
Town Council Chairman Bob Parisi, a Republican, said Wednesday that he promises to run a vigorous campaign as a team with his fellow candidates. If he is re-elected, he said, he will answer calls and letters from his constituents and try to find a solution to any problem they may have.
Republican Councilor Vincent Cervoni said his four years on the council have been interesting, but he referenced project bids exceeding budget amounts and projected deficits, which he said could apply to surrounding towns.
Republican Councilor Craig Fishbein said he will stand for smaller government, lower taxes and less interference in the day-to-day affairs of law-abiding citizens, just as he promised he would when he first ran for council, in 2009. He is proud of his work on the council, not being a “yes man” but examining the issues, thinking outside the box and doing what’s best for the town.
Republican Councilor Tom Laffin sought a nomination to run for a second term, and promised to run as if it were his first time and take nothing for granted.
Former Town Councilor Ray Rys also sought a nomination Wednesday.
Board of Education member Christine Mansfield, a Republican, said she is running for a Town Council seat. As a businesswoman, she will advocate for pro-business and fiscally conservative policies.
Committee member Steven Knight suggested that the party run all seven candidates as a slate. Registered Republicans will be able to vote to nominate candidates on July 17.