Even without his party's endorsement, current Republican Town Council member Mike Doody intends to run for a sixth consecutive term on the Town Council in November.
North Branford's Republican Party's certificate of endorsed candidates was filed July 23 with the Town Clerk. Both Doody and current Republican Councilwoman Rose Marie Angeloni are not listed among 2013 Town Council GOP candidates. The party selected its candidates by majority vote taken at the July 17 Republican town caucus.
"I was a little surprised, when the results came in, that two active, long-serving members of the council didn't get in," Doody told The Sound today.
Additionally, current Republican Board of Education (BOE) chairperson Marcey Onofrio, who has served eight years as an elected BOE member, was not among the 2013 BOE candidates endorsed by the Republican caucus.
Onofrio told The Sound today, "I'm still weighing my options" as to whether she will seek candidacy in the November race. She added that she is proud of the progress made by the BOE during her tenure.
"In my eight years, we have absolutely moved forward with Board of Education; even in very difficult economic times, we've continued to move forward," said Onofrio.
Angeloni was not immediately available for comment. The Sound will publish an update as to her November 2013 candidacy intentions as soon as the information becomes available.
Doody told The Sound today that he will definitely be on the ticket but could not specify, at this time, if he will run as a Republican. He has already collected from Town Hall the necessary paperwork to file his intent to run for election. If Doody does choose to run as a Republican, a primary would not be required.
Doody has served as both mayor and deputy mayor of North Branford during his terms in office except for 2011-'13, when he received the fourth-highest number of votes. In North Branford, the candidate receiving the highest overall votes is designated mayor and the candidate earning the second-highest overall votes, deputy mayor.
Doody said he wants to continue to put his experience to work for the town.
"I've been a long-serving member of the Town Council, in every aspect of the council in leadership," said Doody. "I try to keep a balance between council management and the needs of the community. I'm a go-to type of person. People can talk to me."
In other results from the July 17 North Branford GOP caucus, current Democratic Town Council member Vincent Caprio received the Republican party's endorsement as a Town Council candidate for the Republican party. Additionally, Alfred Rose was endorsed as a 2013 Republican candidate for Town Council. Rose was elected deputy mayor for the 2011-'13 term, but resigned from the council in August 2012, citing the need to focus on his North Branford business, Al Rose Contractors, LLC.
The Republican caucus also endorsed as Town Council candidates incumbents Mayor Anthony Candelora, Deputy Mayor Joanne Wentworth, and council members Donald Fucci and Ronald Siena.
Four-year term Republican party-endorsed candidates for the BOE are Philip Dahlmeyer, Jr., Colby O'Rourke, and David McMahon. Theresa Frandsen has been nominated as the Republican candidate to fill a two-year BOE vacancy.