Published October 19. 2011 4:00AM
Party affiliation: Unaffiliated
Are you an incumbent for this seat? No
Campaign website: http://zvingilasforgriswoldfirstselectman.webs.com and on Facebook Vote Peter Zvingilas
Education/degrees: AB degree from Providence College
5th year degree from Eastern Connecticut State University
Occupation: Building Official for the Town of Gris
Civic involvement: Lifetime member Pachaug Outdoor Club
Previous member of Griswold Jaycees and Griswold Lions Club
Previous offices held and other government service: 10 years Griswold Planning and Zoning Commission
18 years Griswold Inland Wetlands Commission
What are the major issues for your town? Re-establish full-time availability of the First Selectman to town residents, increase commercial development using business tax incentives thereby encouraging businesses to locate in Griswold and reducing the tax burden on residents, and implement a road reconstruction program for all town roads funded by grants and voter approved bonding.
What makes you the best candidate for this office? I have a 23 year work history with the town and know the ins and outs of how the Griswold government works. I will make a total commitment to the position of First Selectman and will give the residents my full time attention and availability. I believe in and care about the Griswold community and its future, and I believe that the direction of government should be dictated only by the voice of the residents.
What was the last book you read, and what did you think of it? The last book I read was "How Fargo of You- Stories of the Northern Prairie That People Who Haven’t Been Here Will Never Believe" by Marc de Celle
I picked this up when I visited North Dakota this summer for my wife’s school reunion. It tells of the “Northern Prairie culture” where people still believe in helping others without expecting payment, acknowledgement, or personal glory--you just do it because you can. For these random acts of kindness the author has crafted the phrase “ How Fargo of You” as a thank you. He states that “Fargo wasn’t just a place, it was a quality”, and he writes brief stories of what people have done for him and for others.
This is an example of what the right environment can do for human nature. It is possible we could get back to a sense of community where helping your neighbor is part of everyday life.