Seymour Democrats nominate Zani Imetovski to run for town’s top seat
Zani Imetovski, a candidate for first selectman in Seymour (Contributed photo)
By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich, New Haven Register
POSTED: 07/24/15, 6:49 PM EDT | UPDATED: ON 07/24/2015 4 COMMENTS
SEYMOUR >> Zani Imetovski, a new face in politics, received the green light from the Democratic Town Committee to run for the town’s top seat as first selectman.
During the town committee’s nominating caucus held Thursday at Town Hall, Imetovski, 23, was thrilled to accept the unanimous endorsement from his party. A crowd of about 25 people gathered to hear his acceptance speech during which Imetovski said his vision for Seymour is one of growth and a community on the move with him hopefully serving as its new leader.
Imetovski is seeking to unseat First Selectman Kurt Miller, who won the Republican Town Committee’s endorsement to run for a third term.
“The heart of any small town is its downtown area,” Imetovski said. “It is the intersection of commerce and culture. My vision of Seymour begins with promoting and restoring our historic downtown. We will work to brand Seymour as a place where families from the surrounding area want to spend the day here, walk our streets and shop our local establishments.”
Growing the town’s grand list of taxable property by enticing new businesses to locate here is something Imetovski said he’ll strive to do in order to keep the tax burden low for residents.
“I will set the example that Seymour is ‘open for business’ by restructuring Town Hall hours of operations to five days a week,” Imetovski said. “With the increase in the mill rate in the last several years we must find a way to give our seniors a relief through an expanded senior tax relief program. Our seniors have given so much to our community and with many on fixed incomes, they need our help.”
Imetovski said he would work to help Seymour become more ‘green,’ re-establishing the energy committee to help the town reduce its energy costs.
“To set an example that Seymour is on the move, I will work those long hours to see that the vision I have of Seymour come to pass,” Imetovski added. “I will always remember the history and traditions that form our identity as a community.”
Imetovski, a 2010 graduate of Seymour High School, works at the state capitol as a legislative aide for the House Democrats. Imetovski is the oldest of three children. His family owns Zani’s Pizza in Ansonia, where he worked as a teenager. He said he learned the importance of hard work and dedication at an early age working at the family business.
In addition to Imetovski, the following comprise the the Democratic ticket endorsed to run on the upcoming November ballot: Board of Selectmen: Karen Stanek, Phil Wilhelmy, Stephan Behuniak and Michael Boroski; Board of Finance: Melanie Kalako and Tyler Ryff; Board of Education: Kristen Harmeling and James Garofolo; Board of Assessment Appeals: Thomas LaPaglia and Randy Bruce; Board of Police Commissioners: Martin Dadio; Library Board of Directors: Jean Uhelsky and Michael Flynn; Planning and Zoning Commission: Joseph Ziehl and Gary Vasas.