By Mark Zaretsky, New Haven Register
WEST HAVEN >> Democratic mayoral challenger Nancy Rossi announced the slate this week that is expected to run with her to challenge incumbent Mayor Ed O’Brien and the slate that the Democratic Town Committee is expected to endorse next month.
Rossi, a certified public accountant and former City Council Finance Committee chairwoman, will challenge O’Brien in a Democratic primary Sept. 12.
“We have assembled a team of very intelligent, hard-working and community minded individuals with the same goals and vision that begin with fiscal responsibility and a balanced budget,” Rossi said in a news release. “This team understands the dire fiscal condition of the city and is willing to make the personal sacrifices and put in the work necessary to turn West Haven around.
“We need to bring pride back to West Haven and make the city an attractive and desirable destination for business,” Rossi said. “Showing fiscal discipline is a great start. I am looking forward to working together with our team on the many tough challenges we will face. We know it won’t be easy, but we will work hard and methodically to deal with each issue to make West Haven better for everyone.”
The slate of City Council candidates running with Rossi includes former council chairman and mayoral candidate Nick Pascale, who would seek an at-large position along with Joseph Harvey III, Bridgette Hoskie in the 1st District, Ruth Torres in the 2nd District, Dan Chudoba in the 3rd District and former councilman Mitch Gallignano in the 4th District, the release said.
It also includes incumbent Councilwoman Robbin Watt Hamilton in the 5th District, former Allingtown fire chief Peter Massaro in the 6th District, Portia Bias in the 7th District, Chris Vargo in the 8th District, former Democratic registrar of voters Patty Horvath in the 9th District and Lori Nacca in the 10th District.
The Board of Education candidates include former board member Cebi Waterfield and Dwight Knowles. Rossi is continuing to interview candidates for the third and final Board of Education slot, she said in the release.
The Board of Assessment Appeals candidates are Richard Standish and Renee Barros.
Rossi previously announced her top-of-the-ticket candidates, including Michael Last for city treasurer, Tom McCarthy for city clerk and Dorothy Chambrelli for tax collector.
“We have put together a very strong and diverse team with the necessary expertise and experience to handle the critical issues West Haven faces,” said Last, who also is Rossi’s campaign manager. “We will finally have a skilled leader with mayoral candidate Nancy Rossi who is a certified public accountant.”